Reasoning with Ontologies for Non-player Character’s Decision-Making in Games


In most games, the decision-making of non-player characters (NPCs) is usually constructed using variants of state machines, behaviour trees, utility-based AI or planning. These methods are relatively simple to implement, but have drawbacks in that it can be difficult to create complex non-hardcoded behaviour for many agents and to maintain the algorithms, especially when scaling up. Game designers usually think of their games with rules that closely resemble logic rules. A methodology is introduced to design both general and modular behaviour using a logic reasoner with hierarchical ontologies. This approach is combined with the well-founded semantics (WFS) to solve the problem of representation and reasoning despite the lack of NPC knowledge.

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My interests include Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Machine Learning and Games.