Published on Fri Jul 21 2017

A Framework for Easing the Development of Applications Embedding Answer Set Programming

Francesco Calimeri, Davide Fuscà, Stefano Germano, Simona Perri, Jessica Zangari

Answer Set Programming (ASP) is a well-established declarative problem-solving paradigm. ASP has been increasingly employed in a number of different domains. We present a framework for integrating the KRR capabilities of ASP into generic applications.

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Abstract

Answer Set Programming (ASP) is a well-established declarative problem solving paradigm which became widely used in AI and recognized as a powerful tool for knowledge representation and reasoning (KRR), especially for its high expressiveness and the ability to deal also with incomplete knowledge. Recently, thanks to the availability of a number of robust and efficient implementations, ASP has been increasingly employed in a number of different domains, and used for the development of industrial-level and enterprise applications. This made clear the need for proper development tools and interoperability mechanisms for easing interaction and integration with external systems in the widest range of real-world scenarios, including mobile applications and educational contexts. In this work we present a framework for integrating the KRR capabilities of ASP into generic applications. We show the use of the framework by illustrating proper specializations for some relevant ASP systems over different platforms, including the mobile setting; furthermore, the potential of the framework for educational purposes is illustrated by means of the development of several ASP-based applications.