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From: Gerhard Weiss
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 16:45:22 -0500 (EST)


                          FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS

                  Third International Workshop CIA-99 on
                      COOPERATIVE INFORMATION AGENTS             

                         July 31 - August 2, 1999
                              Uppsala (Sweden)

                              CIA-99 Homepage:

                              Important Dates:

  Deadline for Paper Submission:            March 15, 1999 (EXTENDED)
  Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:     April 18, 1999
  Deadline for camera-ready version:        May   10, 1999 

                         Topics covered by CIA-99:

Modern information environments mainly consist of large, distributed and heterogenous resources which are connected in the Internet or corporate Intranets. These environments are open and can dynamically change over time. To cope with such information environments means, in particular, to deal with uncertain, incomplete and vague information. In general, the effective handling of uncertainty is critical in designing, understanding, and evaluating autonomous, computational systems tasked with making intelligent decisions. It is also crucial to the ultimate success and broad application of intelligent information agents on the Internet as well as in any industrial context. Moreover, any advanced human-agent interaction in such environments, e.g., via synthetic characters, believable avatars or 3-D multimedia-based representation of the so-called virtual information space available for individual users in the Internet, remains to be a challenging research topic. In addition, up to now there are not many systems of (collaborating) mobile information agents available.

All topics in the research area of intelligent and collaborating information agents are covered by the CIA-99 workshop, for instance:

        o  Advanced Database and Knowledge-Base Technology
        o  Human-Agent Interaction 
        o  Adaptive Information Agents
        o  Mobility and Issues of Security in the Internet
        o  Rational Information Agents and Electronic Commerce
        o  Systems and Applications

In accordance with important requirements and developments in the agents area, a main focus of CIA-99 will be on the following three themes:

o Information agents in UNCERTAIN information environments
        o Systems and applications of MOBILE information agents
        o Advanced Human-Agent INTERACTION, in particular
          maintenance and visualization of dynamically changing

Submission of papers that report on research, development and application within these topics and themes are strongly encouraged.

                            Invited Speakers:

The CIA-99 features  invited  talks  from  leading  experts  in  
information agents technology:

       Mike P. Papazoglou   (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
       Toru Ishida          (University of Kyoto, Japan)
       Michael Wellman      (University of Michigan, USA)
       Pat Langley          (Daimler-Benz R&T at Palo Alto, USA)
       Walt Truszkowski     (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA)
       Amit Sheth           (Georgia University, USA)
       Erol Gelenbe         (Duke University, USA)
       Alexander Brodsky &
       Samuel Varas         (George Mason University, USA)
       Michael Lewis        (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
       Rick Dalzell         (, USA)

                           CIA-99 Proceedings:

The proceedings will be published as a volume in the series  Lecture  
Notes Notes in  Artificial  Intelligence  (LNAI)  from  Springer  
Publisher.  The proceedings of the CIA-97 and CIA-98 workshops 
appeared  as  LNAI Vol. 1202 and Vol. 1435, respectively. 

                           Submission Details:

The length of  submitted  paper  must  be  no  more  than  12 pages 
(10 pt) including  all figures,  tables,  and  bibliography.  All
papers must be written in English. Submissions will be reviewed for
quality, correctness, originality and  relevance.  Papers  accepted
or  under  review  by other conferences, workshops or journals are
not acceptable. Papers not conforming to the above requirements 
may be rejected without review.

Each submission includes the full paper  (title,  authors, abstract, 
text), and in addition a separate title page with  the  title,  a 
300 - 400 word abstract, a list of keywords, authors (names, 
addresses,  email addresses, telephone and fax numbers).

For publication in the Springer LNCS series, please prepare a  
camera-ready version of your contribution together with the 
corresponding Springer style files ''llncs'' (for LaTeX) to  be  
obtained  by  ftp 
For those not using the Springer  LNCS  style  files:  The  paper  
must be formatted using 10 point Times. (If Times is not 
available, please use one of the similar typefaces widely 
used in phototypesetting.)  
Printing area should be 12.2 x 19.3 cm, and the interline
distance should be arranged in such a way that some 42 to 45 
lines occur on a full-text page. 

You can submit your contribution  by  ** MAIL or ELECTRONIC MAIL **.  
It is strongly recommended to submit your paper by electronic 
mail! If receipt of your submission is not confirmed within 
one  week, you are kindly asked to resend it.


 - by MAIL to  

   Onn Shehory
   Carnegie Mellon University
   Robotics Institute
   5000 Forbes Av.
   Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890, USA
   Fax: +1-412-2685569  Phone: +1-412-268-3740

   Please send three single-sided hard-copies of your paper.

- by EMAIL to

Please send the postscript file of your  contribution,  and  check  
if this 
file is printable on any ordinary postscript printer! In  case  of  a 
file, please use compression (zip, gzip, or compress) before sending 
it  by
email, and give information on the type of used compression.

                         CIA-99 Organization:

General Chair: 

       Matthias Klusch (Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany)


       Onn Shehory      (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
       Gerhard Weiss    (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
       Larry Kerschberg   (George Mason University, USA)  

CIA-99 Program Committee:

       Sonia Bergamaschi   (University of Modena, Italy)
       Wolfgang Benn   (Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany) 
       Hans-Dieter Burkhard   (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
       Brahim Chaib-draa   (Laval University, Canada)
       Yves Demazeau   (Leibniz/IMAG/CNRS, France)
       Frank Dignum   (University of Eindhoven, Netherlands)
       Innes Ferguson   (Active Online Systems London, UK)
       Klaus Fischer   (DFKI German Research Center for AI, Germany)
       Christian Freksa   (University of Hamburg, Germany)
       Erol Gelenbe   (Duke University, USA)
       Carl Hewitt   (MIT AI Lab, USA)
       Mike Huhns   (University of South Carolina)
       Toru Ishida   (University of Kyoto, Japan)
       Leonid A. Kalinichenko   (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
       Bart Kosko   (University of Southern California, USA)
       Sarit Kraus   (University of Maryland, USA)
       H.-J. Mueller   (Deutsche Telekom AG, R&D-Center Darmstadt)
       Joerg P. Mueller   (John Wiley & Sons Corp. London, UK)
       San Murugesan   (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
       Pablo Noriega   (National AI Research Lab, Spain)
       Moira C. Norrie   (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
       Aris Ouksel   (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
       Mike P. Papazoglou   (Tilburg University, Netherlands) 
       Amit Sheth   (University of Georgia, USA)
       Carles Sierra   (CSIC AI Research Lab, Catalonia, Spain)
       Elizabeth Sonenberg   (University of Melbourne, Australia)
       Kurt Sundermeyer   (Daimler-Benz R&T Berlin, Germany)
       Katia Sycara   (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
       Peter Thomas   (UWE Bristol, UK)
       Robert Tolksdorf   (Technical University of Berlin, Germany)
       Jan Treur   (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
       Christian Tschudin   (University of Uppsala, Sweden)
       Mike Wooldridge   (QMW College London, UK)

                     Sponsoring and Support:

CIA-99 is sponsored and supported by

    o ESPRIT Network of Excellence for Agent-Based Computing 
    o Deutsche Telekom AG, Berkom GmbH, Germany
    o DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany
    o George Mason University, USA
    o Active On-line Systems Ltd., UK
    o Springer Verlag, Germany
    o Uppsala Universitet, Sweden 
    o Special Interest Group on Distributed Artificial Intelligence
      of the German Computer Society (GI)



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