The V-World Workbook

Donald Nute
Artificial Intelligence Center
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30605

Copyright 2005 Donald Nute

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Exercise 6: Bumble 1.3 - Mapper

In Exercise 5, we explored search methods for finding paths to objects in virtual worlds, but those methods use a map of the world. The next step in improving Bumble is to modify the agent so that it constructs a map of its world as it moves around.

Modify your code for Bumble 1.2 by changing

:- dynamic [agent/2,tried/0,last/1,pushed/0,hungry/0,hurt/0].


:- dynamic [agent/2,tried/0,last/1,pushed/0,hungry/0,hurt/0,mymap/3,here/2,last_seen/3].

and by changing

agent(Perceptions,Action) :-




agent(Perceptions,Action) :-




Now you need to define the predicate build_bumble_map/1 to update Bumble's map (stored in clauses for mymap/3) and Bumble's current location on his map (stored in a single fact for here/2) each turn before bumble/2 is called. We will also use last_seen/3 to record the locations where transient objects (collectable objects, animate objects, etc.) were last seen.

At Bumble's first turn in a world, no map will exist. In this case, Bumble should "initialize" his location as (0,0) and enter information about the area of the world he can see. But how can Bumble tell that this is his first move? Well, he knows it must be his first move because he doesn't have a map and he doesn't know where he is! So the first clause for our predicate should look something like this:

build_bumble_map(Perceptions) :-

\+ here(_,_),





After the first move, Bumble will get its current location from the predicate here/2 and its last location. This will be easy if Bumble did not move or did not go through a door. If Bumble did not move, then there is no need to update the map.

build_bumble_map([_,_,_,same,_,_,_,_,_]) :- !.

If Bumble did move but did not go through a door, then we can easily compute Bumble's position. For example, if Bumble's last position was northwest of Bumble's current position, then Bumble moved southeast and we need to add 1 to each coordinate in the position stored in here/2 in the last move. (In WIN-PROLOG, the X coordinate of screen position goes up as we move to the right, and the Y coordinate goes up as we move down the screen. You can of course use another system if you wish so long as you are consistent.)

build_bumble_map([_,_,_,Dir,V1,V2,V3,V4,V5]) :-

\+ tried,





NewX is X + XX,

NewY is Y + YY,




If Bumble went through a door, then tried will succeed and Last will not have same as its value. In this case, you must determine from here(X,Y) and Last the coordinates for the door Bumble went through. Then you must look around in Bumble's new location to locate the door. Then you must use that information to compute Bumble's new location and store it as here(NewX,NewY). It is left as an exercise for you to define this last clause for build_bumble_map/1.

It remains to define update_bumble_map/1. Each location in Bumble's visual field will correspond to some set of values to be added to Bumble's current location. You can compute structures of three items (X,Y,Obj) where Obj is the object at coordinates (X,Y) for all locations within Bumble's visual field all at once using findall/3:




[WW,W,_, E,EE],










   X is BX + XX,

   Y is BY + YY




update_bumble_map_x/1 should process each member of List using rules like this to update each triple (X,Y,Obj) in List.

1. If Obj is cant_see, then don't add the coordinates to the map.

2. If mymap(X,Y,_) succeeds, then you don't need to update the map. However, if Obj is some object that you want to keep track of (perhaps it is an animate object you may need to find again later,) then you may want to assert last_seen(Obj,X,Y). If you think there is only one of this Obj and you already have saved its location using last_seen/3, then you may want to delete its old location.

3. If mymap(X,Y,_) fails and Obj is a permanent object like a wall, a tree, a cross, or a door, then you should add mymap(X,Y,Obj) to the map.

4. If mymap(X,Y,_) fails and Obj is not a permanent object, then you should add mymap(X,Y,o) to your map. But again, you may want to save the locations of some non-permanent objects (collectables, animate objects, etc.) using last_seen/3.

After you have developed and tested your code, save it in a file called <yourname>- bumble_1.3.agt.

Last revised 10/15/2005.