Qualitative representation of behavior in the medical domain Academic Article uri icon


  • In medical knowledge-based systems, there is a need for models of the human body which can predict and explain behavior based on qualitative information about the structure and behavior of the body. We present a framework for representing the structure and behavior of physical systems and apply it to the human cardiovascular system. Our framework allows for hierarchical representation of physical systems and facilitates two kinds of reasoning processes: composition of behaviors and qualitative simulation.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bylander, T., Smith, J. W., & Svirbely, J. R.

citation count

  • 13

publication date

  • August 1988