takes place on October 18th at
10:30 in Room INF-3027. Attending the initial meeting is mandatory for participation in the
People who want to participate in the praktikum/project, but have
serious reasons to not attend the initial meeting, please contact
Rafael Pe˝aloza before October 17.
Position in curriculum
- Diplomstudiengang Informatik (Diplom-
und Bakkalaureatsabschlu▀), ab 5. Semester;
- Course of studies Computation Logic; project (12 credits)
for computer scientists: Pflichtvorlesung "Grundlagen der Theoretischen Informatik"
-There will be an initial meeting (see above) where different topics will be proposed
to the students. Students can chose from the offered topics, one to work on.
- Students interested in doing their project, but unable to assist to the initial meeting
to discuss possible solutions.
- Each student is assigned a tutor, depending on the topic
chosen. During the semester, there will be regular meetings of the
student and his tutor.
- The results of the praktikum/project will be presented at the end of the
semester in a talk given by the student.
final presentations, students may choose to present their work in German or in English.
The participants are expected to read the relevant literature,
and to discuss it with their tutor in order to become acquainted with
the topic chosen. The required implementation work (if any) should be carried
out in a structured way, and has to be documented appropriately. If a
topic is shared by two or more participants, acquiring team-working
skills is another goal of the project. The results of the project have
to be described in a project paper (~15 pages) and presented in a 30 minutes talk at
the end of the semester.
It is also the duty of the participants to reserve enough time for
performing the project. The sharp deadline
for finishing the project is the beginning of the following semester,
i.e. the allowed time for the project is one semester plus the
following semester break. Failure to finish the project in time will
result in no credits to be given. It is the obligation of the participant
to start the project in time, and to make appointments with the supervisor
for regular meetings during the semester.
choosing a topic, please take into account the knowledge you have already
acquired. For example, if you'd like to do a project concerning knowledge
representation, you are expected to have successfully attended the
lecture "Logic-based knowledge representation" before
starting the project.
(1) Finite Herbrand Models for Horn Clauses
Deciding the existence of finite Herbrand models for certain sets of
first-order anti-Horn clauses is ExpTime-complete. The aim of this
project is to analyze the computational complexity of the same problem
for Horn clauses by finding a hardness proof and/or a decision procedure.
This project requires basic knowledge about first-order logic and complexity
The aim of this project is to implement and optimize an algorithm for
deciding the existence of finite Herbrand models for certain sets of
first-order anti-Horn clauses. The program should be evaluated on a
representative set of input problems. The programming language can be
chosen by the student.
This project requires basic knowledge about first-order logic and good
(3) Generating Concept Definitions in Description Logics from Texts
The project aims to develop a graphic user interface (e.g. Protege
plugin) which takes a text and some concept name as input and outputs
the Description logic definition for the concept name extracted from
the texts. A particular feature that such a system should have is to
keep the link from texts to the extracted concept definitions, which
makes users able to trace the concept definition generation process.
As the components of this work, our approaches proposed in [1,2] will
be first integrated into the system to generate a definition
extraction model on training data, and then such a model is used on
new input texts to extract Description Logic definitions of a new
appearing concept in biomedical domain.
 Yue Ma, Felix Distel. Learning Formal Definitions for Snomed CT
from Text. Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (2013)
 Yue Ma, Felix Distel. Concept Adjustment for Description Logics.
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Knowledge Capture.
This implementation topic requires good programming skills
(4) Detecting Logical Differences Using Hypergraphs
The aim of this project is to implement a new tool for detecting logical
differences (w.r.t. concept subsumption queries) based on a newly-developed
approach to the logical difference problem using a hypergraph representation of
ontologies . Once a difference has been detected the tool should also be
able to compute example concept subsumption queries that illustrate the
difference. Ideally, the tool should also be able to interconnect with the OWL-API ,
which would allow for easier integration into popular ontology editors
such as Protege.
[ Andreas Ecke, Michel Ludwig, and Dirk Walther: The Concept Difference for
EL-Terminologies using Hypergraphs. In Proceedings of the International workshop
on (Document) Changes: modeling, detection, storage and visualization (DChanges
2013), volume 1008 of in CEUR-WS, 2013
This implementation topic requires good programming skills. Knowledge of JAVA is preferred.
In this project, the student is expected to design, implement and execute different tests for
evaluating the practical cost of adding support to new constructors into a reasoner. As a guiding
example, the cost of adding support of rough logical constructors is to be analysed. A deep
statistical analysis and understanding of the obtained data is expected.
A basic knowledge of statistical tools and methods is desired, but not mandatory.