Commonsense knowledge about object locations

This page describes the 'catkinized' version of KnowRob that uses the catkin buildsystem and the pure Java-based rosjava. The documentation for the older version, which was based on the rosbuild buildsystem and rosjava_jni, can be found here.

Commonsense knowledge about typical object locations was acquired by the Open Mind Indoor Common Sense (OMICS project. We processed the natural language database entries and translated them to well-defined concepts within the KnowRob ontology as described in Putting People's Common Sense into Knowledge Bases of Household Robots. In Searching Objects in Large-scale Indoor Environments: A Decision-thereotic Approach we applied this knowledge in object search tasks.

Getting Started

You have to build the knowrob_omics package in knowrob_addons and run it using rosprolog.

 rosrun rosprolog rosprolog knowrob_omics

Queries about object locations

To query the probability of finding an object in a given room type you can use the following query:

?- probability_given(knowrob:'OmicsLocations', Obj, knowrob:'Kitchen', Pr).
Obj = knowrob:'CitrusFruit',
Pr = 0.0038510911424903724 ;
Obj = knowrob:'Bowl-Eating',
Pr = 0.006418485237483954 ;
Obj = knowrob:'PhysicalDevice',
Pr = 0.037227214377406934 ;
Obj = knowrob:'Vegetable-Food',
Pr = 0.006418485237483954 

If you are interested in what type of room you could find a given object use the following query:

?- bayes_probability_given(knowrob:'OmicsLocations', Room, knowrob:'Sandwich',Pr).
Room = knowrob:'Kitchen',
Pr = 0.20109219415371862 ;
Room = knowrob:'OfficeRoom',
Pr = 0.046915489441673196 ;
Room = knowrob:'Hallway',
Pr = 0.06843635615803703 ;
Room = knowrob:'Classroom',
Pr = 0.07637777632654648 

You can see the processed database table entries with:

?- rdf_has(Entry, rdf:type, knowrob:'OmicsLocations'),
Entry = knowrob:'OmicsLocations-0',
Obj = knowrob:'CitrusFruit',
Room = knowrob:'Kitchen' ;
Entry = knowrob:'OmicsLocations-1',
Obj = knowrob:'Bowl-Eating',
Room = knowrob:'Kitchen' ;
Entry = knowrob:'OmicsLocations-10',
Obj = knowrob:'PhysicalDevice',
Room = knowrob:'Kitchen' ;
Entry = knowrob:'OmicsLocations-100',
Obj = knowrob:'Vegetable-Food',
Room = knowrob:'Kitchen' 

Get the list of Room types:

?- findall(Room, (rdf_has(Entry, rdf:type, knowrob:'OmicsLocations'), 
                  rdf_has(Entry,knowrob:object,Room)), _Rooms), 
RoomSet =[knowrob:'Kitchen', 
The findall may produce duplicate results, which are eliminated by the list_to_set predicate. The underscore in the _Rooms variable indicates that the value of this variable is not returned as a result.