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DM: CFP: CIA-2000 Cooperative Information Agents

From: Matthias Klusch
Date: Fri Dec 10 21:48:14 1999
  • Organization: DFKI GmbH, Germany

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   Fourth International Workshop CIA-2000 on


           July 7 - 9, 2000
              Boston, USA


This workshop is co-sponsored by

- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA.
- Swiss Life AG, Switzerland.
- IFMAS International Foundation for Multiagent Systems.

It is co-located with the ICMAS-2000 conference.


   Deadline for Paper Submission:  JANUARY 24, 2000

   Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: March 10, 2000
   Deadline for Camera-Ready Paper: March 27, 2000


Information agent technology is one of the major key
technologies for the Internet and worldwide Web. It emerged as a
response to the challenges of the cyberspace from both, the
technological and human user perspective.
An information agent is a computational software entity that has
access to one or multiple, heterogeneous and distributed information
sources, pro-actively searches for and maintains relevant information
on behalf of users or other agents preferably just-in-time.
In other words, it is managing and overcoming the difficulties associated
with information overload.
Although low-level infrastructure has been developed to support
interoperability between heterogeneous databases and application programs,
this is not sufficient when dealing with higher-level object organizations
such as vertical business object frameworks and workflows. Existing
multi-database or federated database systems do not even support any
kind of pro-active information discovery.
One key challenge of advanced information systems is to balance the
autonomy of databases and legacy systems with the potential payoff of
leveraging them by the use of information agents to perform collaborative

Development of information agents requires expertise from different
research disciplines such as Artificial Intelligence (AI),
advanced databases and knowledge base systems, distributed information
systems, information retrieval, and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

Like in the previous CIA workshops, all hot topics in the research area
of intelligent and collaborating information agents are covered by
the CIA-2000 workshop.


Topics are but not limited to:

* SYSTEMS and Applications of Information Agents

  - Architectures, prototypes and fielded systems of collaborating 
  	information agents for information discovery and management in 
	the Internet and Web.
  - Issues of Programming Collaborative Information Agents for the Internet.

* ADAPTATION and Learning Applied to Information Agents

  - Advanced methods for single and multiagent system learning.
  - Performance, relationship and application of multiagent learning
    for collaborating information agents.
  - Self-emerging collaboration among information agents.
  - Computation and action under limited resources.
  - Methods for automated uncertain reasoning for knowledge based
    information agents.
  - Distributed, adaptive Information Retrieval

* MOBILE Information Agents and Issues of Security in the Internet

  - Applications of cooperating mobile information agents in wearable
    computers, hand-held and/or satellite-based control devices
    (WAP-compliant Web handies, communicators, etc.).
  - Architectures, environments and languages for mobile and secure
    performance of information agents and servers.

* RATIONAL Information Agents and Electronic Commerce

  - Virtual Agent-Based Marketplaces, Coalition Formation, Auctions.
  - Electronic Commerce with incomplete and uncertain informations.
  - Economic Models of cooperative problem solving among rational information
    agents in open information environments.
  - Standards for privacy of communication, security, and jurisdiction for
    agent-mediated deals.

* Advanced Database, Information System and Knowledge-Base Technology

  - Application of techniques for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in
    open, distributed and dynamically changing environments.
  - Management of uncertain and incomplete knowledge for information
    gathering on the Internet or large corporate Intranets.

* Construction and Reuse of Ontologies for Multiagent Information Gathering

* Human-Agent Interaction and Intelligent User Interfaces for Information 

  - Synthetic agents, believable avatars, and 3-D multimedia-based
    representation of user information spaces in the Internet.
  - Models and implementation of advanced interfaces for conversation and
    dialogue among information Agents and Users.
  - Dynamic inspection of information agents' work by the user.


The workshop proceedings including all accepted papers will be published
by Springer as a volume in the LNAI series (Lecture Notes in
Artificial Intelligence).
The proceedings of the CIA-97, CIA-98, CIA-99 workshops appeared as
LNAI Vol. 1202, 1435 and 1652 respectively.


The length of each paper should not exceed 12 pages.
All papers must be written in English. Submissions will be refereed 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.

For preparation of camera-ready papers to be submitted please follow 
the instructions for authors available at the Springer LNCS Web page:

For those not using the Springer LNCS style files: The paper must be formatted
in A4 size 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.

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).
You may submit your paper by Electronic Mail or Postal Mail.

+ Submission by E-Mail:
  Please send your contribution in postscript format (preferably in A4) 
  printable, as compressed file to:

+ Submission by Postal Mail:
  Please send 4 hard-copies of your contribution to the following address.
  (please do not tack the pages together.)

     Dr. Matthias Klusch
     DFKI GmbH
     Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
     66123 Saarbruecken


General Chair: Matthias Klusch (DFKI GmbH, Germany)

Co-Chairs: Larry Kerschberg (George Mason University, USA)
           Mike Papazoglou (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands)
           Onn Shehory (IBM Research, Israel)

Programme Committee:

Sonia Bergamaschi       (University of Modena, Italy)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (NRC Rome, Italy)
Paul Davidsson          (University of Karlskrona/Ronneby, Sweden)
Frank Dignum            (TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Tim Finin               (University of Maryland, USA)
Klaus Fischer           (DFKI GmbH, Germany)
Chihab Hanachi          (University of Toulouse, France)
Mike Huhns              (University of South Carolina, USA)
Vipul Kashyap           (Telcordia Technologies Inc., USA)
Jeffrey Kephart         (IBM Research, USA)
David Kinny             (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Yasuhiko Kitamura       (Osaka University, Japan)
Sarit Kraus             (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Zakaria Maamar          (National Defence Department DREV, Canada)
Sascha Ossowski         (Rey Juan Carlos University, ESCET, Spain)
Aris Ouksel             (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
Paolo Petta             (AAII Vienna, Austria)
Ulrich Reimer           (Swiss Life AG, Switzerland)
Jeff Rosenschein        (Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel)
Sandip Sen              (University of Tulsa, USA)
Carles Sierra           (IIIA CSIC Barcelona, Spain)

Katia Sycara            (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Jan Treur               (Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Christian Tschudin      (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Jose Vidal              (University of South Carolina, USA)
Gerhard Weiss           (TU Munich, Germany)
Mike Wooldridge         (University of Liverpool, UK)
Jian Yang               (CSIRO, Australia)


For more information about the workshop please contact:

Matthias Klusch
DFKI German AI Research Center Ltd.
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
Phone: +49-681-302-5297
Fax: +49-681-302-2235

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