Reasoning about sensors and compositions

Michael Compton, Holger Neuhaus, Kerry Taylor, Khoi Nguyen Tran

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This paper discusses an OWL ontology for specifying sensors. The ontology is intended as the basis for the semantic representation of sensors and as the formal description for reasoning about sensors and observations. The paper describes the ontology, presents two example sensor descriptions and shows how standard reasoning and querying techniques can be used to perform tasks including classification and composition. In conjunction with the technical material the trade-offs required to express complex material in OWL is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-48
Number of pages16
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Workshop on Semantic Sensor Networks 2009, SSN 2009 - Collocated with the 8th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2009 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 26 Oct 200926 Oct 2009


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