FQAS'2000 - 2 CFP, extended deadlines


Subject: FQAS'2000 - 2 CFP, extended deadlines
From: FQAS'2000 Conference (fqas2000@ibspan.waw.pl)
Date: Wed Mar 15 2000 - 15:34:11 MET


Dear Editors of the List,

please distribute the following Second Announcement and Call for Papers of
Flexible Query Answering Systems (FQAS'2000) conference.

Thanks and best regards,

The organizers of the conference,

 
 
We apologize in case you receive multiple copies.

             SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT / CALL FOR PAPERS

>>>>>> EXTENDED DEADLINES <<<<<<
 

                          FQAS'2000

               Fourth International Conference on
                Flexible Query Answering Systems

              October 25 - 28, 2000, Warsaw, Poland

               http://viking.ibspan.waw.pl/fqas2000

             Paper submission deadline: April 15, 2000

FQAS is the premier conference focusing on the key issue in the
information society of providing easy, flexible, intuitive access
to information for everybody. In targeting this issue, the conference
draws on several research areas, such as information retrieval, knowledge
representation, soft computing, databases, multimedia, and human-computer
interaction. The conference provides a unique opportunity for
researchers, developers and practitioners to explore new ideas and
approaches in a multidisciplinary forum. The previous FQAS events
were held in 1994, 1996, and 1998, all in Roskilde, Denmark.

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ORGANIZERS
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>>>> GENERAL CHAIRMEN

Henrik Legind LARSEN

Computer Science, bldg. 42.1
Roskilde University
P.O. Box 260
DK 4000 Roskilde
Denmark
Email: hll@ruc.dk
Phone: +45 4674 3841

Janusz KACPRZYK

Systems Research Institute
Polish Academy of Sciences
ul. Newelska 6
01-447 Warszawa
Poland
e-mail: kacprzyk@ibspan.waw.pl
Phone: +48 22 8364414

>>>> EXECUTIVE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Henrik Legind Larsen (co-chair),
   Roskilde University, Denmark
Janusz Kacprzyk (co-chair),
   Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Amihai Motro (program co-chair)
   George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Patrick Bosc (program co-chair)
   IRISA/ENSSAT, Lannion Cedex, France
Gabriella Pasi (program co-chair),
   ITIM-CNR, Milan, Italy
Slawomir Zadrozny (local chair),
   Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

>>>> INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Troels Andreasen, Denmark
Patrick Bosc, France
Jesus Cardenosa, Spain
Henning Christiansen, Denmark
Bruce Croft, USA
Jack Minker, USA
Hendrik Decker, Germany
Robert Demolombe, France
Jorgen F.Nilsson, Denmark
Norbert Fuhr, Germany
Patric J. Hayes, USA
Janusz Kacprzyk, Poland
Don Kraft, USA
Henrik L. Larsen, Denmark (chair)
Amihai Motro, USA
Gabriella Pasi, Italy
Annelise Mark Pejtersen, Denmark
Henri Prade, France
Ronald R. Yager, USA

>>>> INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE

M. Agosti, Italy M. Lalmas, UK
J. Allan, USA H.L. Larsen, Denmark
T. Andreasen, Denmark C. Marsala, France
R. Baeza-Yates, Chile M.J. Martin-Bautista, Spain
G. Bordogna, Italy J. Minker, USA
B. Bouchon-Meunier, France S. Miyamoto, Japan
T. Brauner, Denmark A. Morris, USA
Z. Bubnicki, Poland N. Mouaddib, France
G.Q. Chen, P.R. China F.L. Neves, Portugal
L. Cholvy, France J.F. Nilsson, Denmark
H. Christiansen, Denmark V. Novak, Czech Republic
F. Crestani, UK P. Paggio, Denmark
V. Cross, USA Z. Pawlak, Poland
J.C. Cubero, Spain A. Mark Pejtersen, Denmark
E. Damiani, Italy F. Petry, USA
R. De Caluwe, Belgium O. Pivert, France
G. De Tre, Belgium O. Pons, Spain
H. Decker, Germany H. Prade, France
R. Demolombe, France A. Ramer, Australia
M. Detyniecki, France Z. Ras, USA
D. Dubois, France G. Raschia, France
C. Enguehard, France K. van Rijsbergen, UK
D. Escorial, Spain E. Sanchez, France
R. Felix, Germany D. Seipel, Germany
N. Fuhr, Germany J. Shanahan, UK
T. Gedeon, Australia A. Skowron, Poland
R. George, USA R. Slowinski, Poland
F. Giannotti, Italy H.E. Thomsen, Denmark
O. Hryniewicz, Poland M. Umano, Japan
P. Ingwersen, Denmark M. Vila, Spain
A.H. Jorgensen, Denmark P. Vojtas, Slovakia
J. Kacprzyk, Poland G. Wetzel, USA
N. Kasabov, New Zealand S.T. Wierzchon, Poland
E. Kerre, Belgium R.R. Yager, USA
L.T. Koczy, Hungary A. Yazici, Turkey
D. Kraft, USA S. Zadrozny, Poland
W. Kurutach, Thailand

>>>> GEOGRAPHICAL AREA COORDINATORS

- Americas: Ashley Morris, University of Idaho, USA,
    e-mail: amorris@cs.uidaho.edu
- Asia, Australia and New Zealand: Werasak Kurutach, Mahanakorn
    University of Technology, Thailand
    e-mail: werasak@mut.ac.th
- Europe and Africa: Ernesto Damiani, Universita di Milano,
    e-mail: edamiani@telnetwork.it

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PLENARY TALKS
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A tentative list of plenary speakers includes:

Tiziana Catarci (Italy)
        "Visual tools for screwing information out of large data sources"
Amihai Motro (USA)
        "Querying virtual databases: Issues of inconsistency
        and nonuniform quality"
Keith van Rijsbergen (UK)
        "Answers without queries"
Ronald R. Yager (USA)
        "Tools for Constructing Intelligent Queries"
Wlodek Zadrozny (USA)
        "Building and Evaluating Natural Dialog Systems for
        Electronic Commerce"

Other plenary speakers will be announced soon.

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TOPICS OF INTEREST
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As a metaphor for flexible query answering we may consider a human
intermediary that has expertise in the topic of the query, and is
experienced in identifying the user's information needs and answering the
needs from the available information resources. Using knowledge on
relevant context, available information resources, etc., enables the
expert to respond rather precisely to the needs, though the query, per se,
may be imprecise, incomplete, etc. Thus, a key issue for flexible query
answering system is to obtain, maintain, represent, and utilize such
knowledge. This comprises domain knowledge and metaknowledge, its
representation and organization in ontologies, terminologies, etc.,
its creation through dictionaries, lexicons, learning, knowledge
discovery, data mining, etc., and its utilization for context recognition,
disambiguation, needs identification, etc. Natural language and speech
access, multimedia information, and the Internet give rise to new
problems and solutions in FQAS. Other important issues in FQAS
include information access modes (such as querying and navigation,
and answer presentation), human-computer interaction (including
modalities and usability factors), and evaluation of FQAS.

We invite submission of original research contributions, and proposals
for invited sessions, panels, and tutorials. Contributions are encouraged
from all areas, as long as it addresses central issues in flexible query
answering systems.
Topics areas include the following, as listed with keywords for subtopics,
as long as their relevance to the theme of the conference is clear:

-- KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION
Formalisms (description logics and algebra, etc.). Terminological
knowledge. Ontologies: representation, engineering, fusion and merging.
Epistemology. Philosophical issues.

-- REASONING, AND PROBLEM SOLVING
Inductive, deductive, and abductive reasoning. Approximate reasoning.
Aggregation methods. Matching. Subsumption. Generic tasks.
Classificatory problem solving.

-- KNOWLEDGE EXTRACTION
Text classification. Data and text mining. Discovery of association
rules, semantic and causal relationships. Data warehousing.

-- SEMANTIC MODELS IN FQAS
Semantics of similarity, association, matching, relevance, context, etc.

-- DATA MODELS IN FQAS
Models of data, information, knowledge, and their meta.

-- QUERY ANSWERING MODELS
Query expansion. Adaptive QA. Context and disambiguation.
Ontology-based querying. Evolutionary and genetic algorithms.

-- SPEECH AND NATURAL LANGUAGE QUERY ANSWERING
Speech recognition. NL queries. NL information bases. NL answers.
Cross language querying and retrieval.

-- INFORMATION BASES ACCESS TECHNIQUES
Text and multimedia indexing. Enveloping for database access. Data
structures. Search algorithms.

-- ANSWER GENERATION
Summary information. Meta information. Level of information.

-- HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
Information visualization, paradigms and models. Man-machine interaction.
User-system dialogues for needs identification.
Interaction modes. Navigation in information spaces.

-- INTERNET INFORMATION ACCESS AGENTS
Adaptive and specialized information agents. Information retrieval and
filtering agents. Robot and crawlers. Search and metasearch engines.
Intra/extra net systems. Privacy & security.

-- MULTIMEDIA INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Content-based querying and retrieval. Spatio-temporal information. Image
processing. Multimedia data analysis. Pattern recognition and
matching in multimedia information access.

-- APPLICATION DOMAINS
E-commerce, finance and banks, real estate, cars, classified, tourism,
libraries, research, medicine, transportation, enterprises, government,
defense, entertainment. Digital libraries. Geographical Information
Systems.

-- QUALITY MEASURES IN FQAS
Quality of information objects and answers. Precision and recall.
Usability. User and needs satisfaction. Quality assurance & evaluation
methodology.

-- VISIONS FOR FQAS
FQAS in the globally connected world. Intelligent homes, cars, and work
environments. Trends in market, product, and research. Interfaces, and
human-computer interaction. FQAS in years 2000+x.

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SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
==================================

Prospective authors should submit full papers either electronically
(Postscript or PDF file, as attachment) or hard copies, up to 10
pages, before April 15, 2000 to the address of the Conference
Secretariat given below. Please use the e-mail address for the
electronic submission of the papers.

   FQAS'2000 Secretariat
   Systems Research Institute
   Polish Academy of Sciences
   ul. Newelska 6
   01-447 Warsaw
   Poland

   Phone: + (48)(22) 837 05 21, 836 81 50
   Fax: + (48)(22) 837 27 72
   e-mail: fqas2000@ibspan.waw.pl

Upon acceptance, the authors will be requested to submit the final
camera-ready typescript following typing instructions to be provided
(Word and Latex styles).

To speed up the preparation of the camera-ready typescript, it is recommended that the authors use from the very beginning Springer's styles (Latex or Word) and typing instructions that could be found at:

http;//www.springer.de (For Authors, Economics and Management Science)

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PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS
==================================

The conference proceedings (including all accepted papers) will
be published by the Springer-Verlag group in the series
"Advances in Soft Computing", and distributed to all registered
authors participating at regular sessions at the conference.

Some selected papers, in extended versions, are planned to appear
in post-conference volumes to be published by Kluwer,
the Springer-Verlag group and other publishers as well as
in special issues of respected journals.

Papers submitted to special sessions for undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. students, and young researchers, will appear in a volume to be published by the University of Applied Information Technology and Management in Warsaw, Poland.

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PROPOSALS FOR INVITED SESSIONS
==================================

Prospective organizers are invited to send a proposal with the
title and a short statement of the purpose of the session, plus
the recommended sessions chair and co-chair. Invited sessions
should comprise 4-5 invited papers. The session should
preferable start with a tutorial like paper. The session
organizer's registration fee is waived if at least 3 authors of
papers in the session register to the conference. Proposals
should be sent to the general chair or the co-chair before
April 15, 2000.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM
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FQAS'2000 will include:

- plenary talks by leading experts,
- topic-oriented technical sessions, regular and invited,
- special sessions for undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. students, and young
   researchers,
- panel discussions, and
- exhibitions.

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PROPOSALS OF PANEL DISCUSSIONS
==================================

Prospective organizers of panels are invited to send a proposal
with the title and a short statement of the purpose of the
panel. A panel should include 6-10 people. Proposals should be
sent to a co-chair before April 30, 2000.

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PROPOSALS OF DEMONSTRATIONS/EXHIBITONS
=======================================

Proposals for demonstrations/exhibitions should be sent to the
demonstration/exhibition chair:

Dr. Rudolf Felix, Germany
e-mail: felix@fuzzy.de

by April 30, 2000.

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CONFERENCE VENUE
==================================

The conference venue will be the historic main building of the
Polish Academy of Sciences, in the very center of Warsaw, near
to the Old Town, hotels, restaurants, and main sightseeing
attractions.

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CONFERENCE FEE
==================================

The registration fee (including the attendance, a copy of the
proceedings volume, conference materials, coffee breaks,
welcome reception, and banquet) is:

- Early registration (until June 15, 2000) - USD 250,
- Late registration (until August 31, 2000) - USD 280,
- On-site registration - USD 320.

For the participants of special sessions for undergraduate,
graduate, Ph.D. students, and young researchers (before Ph.D.),
the reduced fee will be USD 100. An official letter from a
supervisor (e.g., chairman, dean, etc.) stating the status will be
needed. The reduced fee will include: entrance to
all regular and special sessions, conference materials, coffee
breaks, welcome reception, and a copy of special session proceedings
to be published by the University of Applied Information Technology
and Management in Warsaw, Poland. Moreover, participants of those
special sessions will be able to additionally purchase the regular
proceedings published by the Springer-Verlag group and tickets to
the banquet.

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HOTEL INFORMATION
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A list of 4-5 hotels, from popular to luxurious, from 50 500 m
from the conference venue will be given in a later announcement,
and the organizers will provide assistance in their booking.
Moreover, a cheaper accommodation will also be arranged.

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SOCIAL PROGRAM
==================================

The conference venue will be within the walking
distance of virtually all sightseeing attractions of Warsaw,
commercial zones, the opera house and theaters, etc. so that
the participants and accompanying persons will be able to
easily organize a sightseeing program by themselves. The
conference organizers will provide an opportunity to arrange
excursions, guided tours, etc. to other places of interest
(e.g. to Chopin's birthplace).
Moreover, since all reduced price airfares require that passengers
stay the Saturday/Sunday night, a group train excursion to Cracow,
the historic and artistic capital of Poland will be organized on
Saturday, October 28, 2000 (ca. 2.5 hrs one way, at a reduced group
rate). From Cracow one could also visit Auschwitz, the Nazi
concentration camp (ca. 40 km) by joining an organized tour or renting
a car.

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IMPORTANT DATES
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- Preregistration (email or WWW) as soon as possible
- Paper submission deadline April 15, 2000
- Notification of acceptance May 15, 2000
- Camera-ready papers due June 15, 2000
   (accompanied with the payment of the registration fee)

- Invited sessions proposals: April 15, 2000
- Panel discussions proposals: April 30, 2000
- Demonstrations proposals: April 30, 2000

Conference: October 25 28, 2000.

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FURTHER INFORMATION
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Further information on hotels, flights, etc. will be provided
in the next announcement.

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PREREGISTRATION FORM
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Yes, I am interested in (please check the appropriate item):

O The participation at FQAS'2000
O Receiving further information

Name:
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Please fill out the above pre-registration form and send it,
preferably by e-mail to:

fqas2000@ibspan.waw.pl

or by mail to the Conference Secretariat as given below.

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CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
==================================

   Ms. K. Warzywoda
   Ms. A. Jozwiak

   FQAS'2000 Secretariat
   Systems Research Institute
   Polish Academy of Sciences
   ul. Newelska 6
   01-447 Warsaw, Poland

   Phone: + (48)(22) 837 05 21, 836 81 50
   Fax: +(48)(22) 837 27 72
   e-mail: fqas2000@ibspan.waw.pl

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