Home arrow Publications arrow Books and Chapters
Books and Chapters
Ontology Engineering for the Autonomous Systems Domain Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 May 2013
We have a new book chapter on ontologies for autonomous systems.

The chapter Ontology Engineering for the Autonomous Systems Domain, by Julita Bermejo–Alonso, Ricardo Sanz, Manuel Rodríguez and Carlos Hernández has been published in the book Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management.

Ontologies provide a common conceptualisation that can be shared by all stakeholders in an engineering development process. They provide a good means to analyse the domain, allowing to separate descriptive from problem–solving knowledge. Our research programme on autonomous systems considered an ontology as the adequate mechanism to conceptualise the autonomous systems domain, and the software engineering techniques applied to such systems. This paper describes the ontological engineering process of such an ontology: OASys (Ontology for Autonomous Systems). Its development considered different stages: the specification of the requirements to be fulfilled by the ontology; the extraction of the actual features needed to implement the desired requirements; the conceptualisation phase with the design decisions to integrate the different domains, theories and techniques addressed by the ontological elements; and finally, the implementation of the ontology, which integrates both ontology engineering and software engineering approaches by using UML as the implementation language.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 May 2013 )
From Brains to Systems Print E-mail
Monday, 18 April 2011
The book From Brains to Systems (Hernández, Sanz, Gómez et al.) has been published.

An excerpt from the introduction:

"Science moves in little steps, but also makes its progress with revolutionary discov- eries and concepts that sweep away whole and entire edifices of thinking and replace them with new theories that explain more with less. However, there is a constant in this march, the strive for mathematisation and unification.

The extent to which reverse-engineering of brains will help with technological advance in the engineering of more robust autonomous systems is yet to be clear. Nevertheless, the different approaches offered in this book show a steady progress toward more rigorous methods of analysis and synthesis. This rigour implies that they may eventually converge into a single, unified theory of cognition: the very holy grail of cognitive science and engineering."

From Brains to Systems: Brain-Inspired Cognitive Systems 2010. ISBN 978-1-4614-0163-6. Springer New York, 2011. Series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Volume 718.


More details from publisher

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 November 2011 )
A Functional Approach to Emotion in Autonomous Systems Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 November 2007

This is a chapter by Ricardo Sanz, Carlos Hernández, Jaime Gómez and Adolfo Hernando that has been published in the book Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems 2008

Abstract: The construction of fully effective systems seems to pass through the proper exploitation of goal-centric self-evaluative capabilities that let the system teleologically self-manage. Emotions seem to provide this kind of functionality to biological systems and hence the interest in emotion for function sustainment in artificial systems performing in changing and uncertain environments; far beyond the media hullabaloo of displaying human-like emotion-laden faces in robots. This chapter provides a brief analysis of the scientific theories of emotion and presents an engineering approach for developing technology for robust autonomy by implementing functionality inspired in that of biological emotions.

Image Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems 2008
Series: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology , Vol. 657
Hussain, A.; Aleksander, I.; Smith, L.S.; Barros, A.K.; Chrisley, R.; Cutsuridis, V. (Eds.)
2010, 310 p., ISBN: 978-0-387-79099-2

Get more details about the book at the Springer Website.

A preprint version of our chapter can be downloaded here from the ASLab Website.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 October 2009 )
Control of Complex Systems Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 May 2006
Karl Astrom, Pedro Albertos, Mogens Blanke, Alberto Isidori, Walter Schaufelberger and Ricardo Sanz

494 pages
ISBN 1852333243

This is the final report of the ESF funded european project COSY. A collection of tutorials and research articles from the heterogeneous field of control of complex systems. The book is organised in four tracks: learning control, fault-tolerant control, non-linear control and control system integration.

Image The world of artificial systems is reaching hitherto undreamed-of levels of complexity. Surface traffic, electricity distribution, mobile communications, etc., demonstrate that problems are arising that are beyond classical scientific or engineering knowledge. In order that our ability to control such systems should not be hindered by lack of comprehension, there is an on-going effort to understand them.This book is an example of the types of approach that European researchers are using to tackle problems derived from systems' complexity. It has grown out of activities in the Control of Complex Systems (COSY) research program the goals of which are to promote multi-disciplinary activity leading to a deeper understanding and further development of control technologies for complex systems and if possible, to develop the theory underlying such systems. The material in this book represents a selection of the results of the COSY program and is organised as a collection of essays of varying nature: surveys of essential areas, discussion of specific problems, case studies, and benchmark problems.Topics covered include:Modelling complex physical systems;Passivity-based control of non-linea Complex systems appear in many different fields and for this reason this book should be of interest to scientists, researchers and industrial engineers with a broad spectrum of experience.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 June 2006 )
Artificial Consciousness Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 May 2006
Antonio Chella and Riccardo Manzotti

Inprint Academic
250 pages
ISBN 1845400704

This book is the final product of a symposium held in Sicily in 2005. An interdisciplinary work, focused on the topic of artificial consciousness: from neuroscience to artificial intelligence, from bioengineering to robotics.

Our contribution to the book is a chapter titled A Rationale and Vision for Machine Consciousness in Complex Controllers that is co-authored by Ricardo Sanz, Ignacio López and Julita Bermejo-Alonso (two of my PhD Students). Get a preprint of this chapter here (PDF, 1.24 MB).


It provides an overview on the current state of the art of research in the field of artificial consciousness and includes extended and revised versions of the papers presented at the International Workshop on ‘Artificial Consciousness’, held in November 2005 at Agrigento (Italy).


Vincenzo Tagliasco, John G. Taylor, Tom Ziemke, Igor Aleksander, Helen Morton, Andrea Lavazza, Salvatore Gaglio, Maurizio Cardaci, Antonella D’Amico, Barbara Caci, Antonio Chella, Ricardo Sanz, Owen Holland, Riccardo Manzotti, Domenico Parisi, Alberto Faro, Daniela Giordano, Piero Morasso, Peter Farleigh

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 July 2007 )