Discovery of Abstract Concepts by a Robot

  • Ivan Bratko
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6332)


This paper reviews experiments with an approach to discovery through robot’s experimentation in its environment. In addition to discovering laws that enable predictions, we are particularly interested in the mechanisms that enable the discovery of abstract concepts that are not explicitly observable in the measured data, such as the notions of a tool or stability. The approach is based on the use of Inductive Logic Programming. Examples of actually discovered abstract concepts in the experiments include the concepts of a movable object, an obstacle and a tool.


Autonomous discovery robot learning discovery of abstract concepts inductive logic programming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivan Bratko
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  1. 1.Faculty of Computer and Information Sc.University of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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