Diploma and Master Theses (authored and supervised):

T. Krennwallner:
"Integration of Conjunctive Queries over Description Logics into HEX-Programs";
Supervisor: T. Eiter, R. Schindlauer; Institut für Informationssysteme, 2007; final examination: 2007-10-16.

English abstract:
We present cq-programs, which enhance non-monotonic description logics (dl-) programs by conjunctive queries (CQ) and union of conjunctive queries (UCQ) over Description Logics (DL) knowledge bases, as well as disjunctive rules. dl-programs had been proposed as a powerful formalism for integrating nonmonotonic logic programming
and DL reasoning on a clear semantic basis. The new cq-programs have at least two advantages. First, they offer increased expressivity by allowing general (U)CQs in the body. And second, this combination of rules and ontologies gives rise to strategies for optimizing calls to
the DL-reasoner by exploiting (U)CQ facilities of the DL-reasoner. To this end, we discuss some equivalences which can be exploited for program rewriting and present respective algorithms. Experimental results for the cq-program prototype show that this can lead to significant performance improvements. Moreover, the developed optimization methods may be of general interest in the context of
hybrid knowledge bases. HEX-programs, which extend answer-set
programming (ASP) with higher-order features and provide powerful
interfacing to external computation sources, have been demonstrated to
be a versatile formalism for extending the ASP paradigm. The cq-program prototype dl-plugin, which will be introduced in this work,
has been developed as a plugin for dlvhex, an implementation for
HEX-programs. The dl-plugin integrates ASP with description logics
knowledge bases by means of external atoms. For this purpose, a
partial equivalence between HEX-programs and cq-programs shows that
HEX-programs can serve as a host language for our new formalism,
provided that only monotonic dl-atoms appear in the cq-program.

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