Pouring liquids: A study in commonsense physical reasoning

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This paper presents a theory that supports commonsense, qualitative reasoning about the flow of liquid around slowly moving solid objects; specifically, inferring that liquid can be poured from one container to another, given only qualitative information about the shapes and motions of the containers. It shows how the theory and the problem specification can be expressed in a first-order language; and demonstrates that this inference and other similar inferences can be justified as deductive conclusions from the theory and the problem specification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1540-1578
Number of pages39
JournalArtificial Intelligence
Volume172
Issue number12-13
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2008

Keywords

  • Liquids
  • Naive physics
  • Qualitative physical reasoning
  • Qualitative spatial reasoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Pouring liquids: A study in commonsense physical reasoning'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this