# Knowledge Representation & Reasoning:  2020-2021

 Lecturers Degrees Term Hilary Term 2021  (16 lectures)

## Overview

The lectures for this course will be pre-recorded and can be found here.

The course provides an introduction to the field. The main focus will be on decidable fragments of first order logic that are well suited for knowledge representation. We explore how such logics can be used to represent knowledge, identify relevant reasoning problems and show how these can be used to support the task of constructing suitable representations. We will also consider the computational properties of these logics, and study algorithms for solving the relevant reasoning problems. Finally, we will also discuss logics that depart from first order logic, such as non-monotonic logics.

## Learning outcomes

• Students satisfying the prerequisites are expected to understand the fundamental principles of logic-based Knowledge Representation;
• be able to model simple application domains in a logic-based language;
• understand the notion of a reasoning service;
• master the fundamentals of the reasoning algorithms underlying current systems;
• understand the fundamental trade-off between representation power and computational properties of a logic-based representation language;
• be conversant with several widely used knowledge representation languages; and
• understand how the theoretical material covered in the course is currently being applied in practice.

## Prerequisites

Students taking this course should have completed the first year Introduction to Formal Proof course (or an equivalent course in a different institution). Students would benefit from taking the third year Computational Complexity course as well as the second year Databases course; however, this is not a requirement.

## Synopsis

PART 1:  KR&R WITH PROPOSITIONAL AND FIRST ORDER LOGIC

• Introduction to knowledge-based technologies and knowledge representation
• Propositional Logic as a simple knowledge representation language
• Representing Knowledge in First Order Predicate Logic
• Limitations of Propositional and First Order Predicate Logic

PART 2:  FRAGMENTS OF FIRST ORDER LOGIC

• Description Logics as Knowledge Representation Languages
• Reasoning in Description Logics
• Lightweight description logics.
• Horn Fragments of First Order Logic. Rule-based Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
• Ontologies and Ontology Languages.
• Other Decidable Fragments of First Order Logic for Knowledge Representation

PART 3:   NON-MONOTONIC LOGICS

• Classical vs non-monotonic logic. Ways to achieve non-monotonicity.
• Stable Model Semantics

## Syllabus

Representing knowledge using logic. Fundamental trade-off between representation power and computational properties.  Fragments of first order logic suited for Knowledge Representation. Reasoning algorithms and implementations, and how reasoning is used to support knowledge representation. Ontology languages for the Semantic Web. Non-monotonic logics.