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Towards a Formal Representation of Driving Behaviors



Craig I. Schlenoff, Michael Gruninger


To successfully perform their required tasks, intelligent information agents require accurate and meaningful communication and integration among other agents and information resources. However, the applications and infrastructure of information technology are rife with heterogeneity at many levels. This paper explores applying formal ontologies to address the challenges faced in developing and applying autonomous agents for the purpose of driving unmanned vehicles. Specifically, we are developing a formal ontology to encapsulate the rules of on-road driving, facilitating the ability for an autonomous vehicle to drive on a busy street while following the rules of the road. This ontology will constitute a major component of the internal knowledge representation within the Real-Time Control System (RCS), which is the architecture that will control the unmanned vehicle.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the FAABS Conference
Conference Dates
October 28-30, 2002
Conference Location
Greenbelt, MD


agents, autonomous navigation, MARS, ontologies, rules of the road


Schlenoff, C. and Gruninger, M. (2002), Towards a Formal Representation of Driving Behaviors, Proceedings of the FAABS Conference, Greenbelt, MD, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created October 28, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017