Knowledge Representation in Process Engineering

Franz Baader and Ulrike Sattler

In process engineering, as in many other application domains, the domain specific knowledge is far too complex to be described entirely using description logics. Hence this knowledge is often stored using an object-oriented system, which, because of its high expressiveness, provides only weak inference services. In particular, the process engineers at RWTH Aachen have developed a frame-like language for describing process models. In this paper, we investigate how the powerful inference services provided by a DL system can support the users of this frame-based system. In addition, we consider extensions of description languages that are necessary to represent the relevant process engineering knowledge.

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