IAT'2001: Call for Papers

Subject: IAT'2001: Call for Papers
Date: Tue Aug 08 2000 - 15:28:00 MET DST

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        * CALL FOR PAPERS *
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        * The Second Asia-Pacific Conference on *
        * Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'2001) *
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        * Maebashi TERRSA, Maebashi City, Japan *
        * October 23-26, 2001 *

                IAT'2001 will be jointly held with
               The First Asia-Pacific Conference on
                    Web Intelligence (WI'2001)

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT) is a
high-quality, high-impact biennial agent conference series. The second
meeting in this conference series follows the success of IAT'99 held
in Hong Kong in 1999 (http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/IAT99). IAT'2001
will primarily focus on

(1) the state-of-the-art in the development of intelligent agents and
(2) the theoretical and computational foundations of intelligent agent

The aim of IAT'2001 is to bring together researchers and practitioners
from diverse fields, such as computer science, information technology,
business, education, human factors, systems engineering, and robotics

(1) examine the design principles and performance characteristics of
    various approaches in intelligent agent technology, and
(2) increase the cross-fertilization of ideas on the development of
    autonomous agents and multiagent systems among different domains.

By encouraging idea-sharing and discussions on the underlying logical,
cognitive, physical, and biological foundations as well as the
enabling technologies of intelligent agents, IAT'2001 is expected to
stimulate the future development of new models, new methodologies, and
new tools for building a variety of embodiments of agent-based


The technical issues to be addressed include, but not limited to:

* Applications:

  - data and knowledge intensive domains (e.g., large databases,
    Internet, digital libraries, distributed decision making, financial
    modeling and engineering, business information systems and process

  - software and interface agents (e.g., personal assistant, translator,
    scheduler, information filter, tutor)

  - computational intelligence (e.g., pattern analysis and recognition,
   imaging, optimization, resource allocation, constraint satisfaction,

  - agents in e-commerce and e-business

  - autonomous agents in science and engineering
    (e.g. aerospace, survey of the seabed and space)

  - physically embodied systems (e.g., autonomous robots and groups)

  - very-large, complex, integrated intelligent systems

* Computational Architecture and Infrastructure:

  - computational architectures
  - ontology models
  - agent-level and multi-agent-level infrastructure
  - communication languages
  - multi-modal systems and interfaces
  - protocols
  - tools and standards
  - heterogeneity and interoperability
  - scalability

* Learning and Adaptation:

  - soft-computing in multi-agent systems
  - uncertainty management in multi-agent systems
  - integrated exploration and exploitation
  - long-term reliability
  - neural networks
  - artificial life
  - behavioral selection
  - coordinating perception, thought, and action
  - behavioral self-organization
  - believable lifelike quality
  - classifier systems
  - evolution and learning in dynamic environments
  - adaptation and self-adaptation
  - emergent behavior
  - evolutionary computation

* Data and Knowledge Engineering/Communication:

  - information filtering
  - data mining
  - heterogeneous data integration and management
  - human-agent interaction
  - knowledge discovery
  - knowledge sharing
  - knowledge aggregation
  - reasoning and planning
  - adaptation and evolution of knowledge networks
  - distributed knowledge systems

* Distributed Intelligence:

  - dynamics of groups and populations
  - swarms
  - population evolution
  - coevolution
  - collective group behavior
  - coordination and cooperation
  - distributed intelligence
  - social integration
  - market-based computing

* Formal Theories of Agents:

  - formal/computational modeling
  - chaotic and fractal dynamics
  - computational complexity
  - efficiency in distributed systems
  - taxonomy of agent environments
  - classification and characterization of complex behaviors
  - theories of perception, rationality, intention, emotion,
    coordination, action, and social behaviors


High quality papers in all IAT related areas are solicited. Papers
exploring new directions will receive a careful and supportive review.
All submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical
quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. Electronic submission
is encouraged and preferred. Please send LaTex (MS-Words, or PDF) and
PostScript versions of your paper, and an ASCII version of the cover
page (in separate email), by March 20, 2001 to:


Four (4) hardcopies of the paper by regular mail are also requested
if electronic submission is not possible.
Please send hardcopies of your paper by March 20, 2001 to:

        Prof. Ning Zhong (IAT'2001)
        Department of Information Engineering
        Maebashi Institute of Technology
        460-1, Kamisadori-Cho, Maebashi-City, 371-0816

        TEL&FAX: +81-27-265-7366
        E-mail: zhong@maebashi-it.ac.jp

The ASCII version of a cover page must include author(s) full address,
email, paper title and a 200 word abstract, and up to 5 keywords.

Accepted papers are expected to be published in the conference
proceedings by World Scientific, An International Publisher, as a
hardcover book. A selected number of IAT'2001 accepted papers will be
expanded and revised for inclusion in ``Knowledge and Information
Systems: An International Journal'' by Springer-Verlag and in
"International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial
Intelligence" by World Scientific. IAT best paper award will be
conferred on the author(s) of the best papers at the conference.


IAT'2001 also welcomes submissions of research projects, research
prototypes, experimental systems, and commercial products
for demonstrations at the conference. Each submission should include a
title page containing a title, a 200-300 word abstract, a list of
keywords, the names, mailing addresses, and Email addresses of the
presenters, and a two-page description of the demo system. Submissions
should reach the IAT'2001 Demo Chair:

       Dr. Jianchang Mao (IAT'2001)
       Verity Inc.
       894 Ross Drive
       Sunnyvale CA 94089, USA

       E-mail: jmao@verity.com

by July 2, 2001

Authors of accepted IAT'2001 papers will be invited to demonstrate
their systems at the conference.

It is understood that once a submission is selected for demonstration
at the conference, the presenter(s) of the demo will be responsible for
bringing necessary software/hardware equipment.


     March 20, 2001 Paper submission deadline
       May 20, 2001 Notification of paper acceptance mailed
      June 20, 2001 Camera-ready copies of accepted papers due
       July 2, 2001 Demo submission deadline
     August 3, 2001 Notification of demo acceptance mailed
October 23-26, 2001 Conference technical sessions


IAT'2001 Conference Organizing Committee
General Chairs:
Setsuo Ohsuga, Waseda University, Japan
Jeffrey Bradshaw, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, USA

Program Chairs:
Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Demos and Exhibits Chair:
Jianchang Mao, Verity Inc., USA

Local Organizing Chair:
Nobuo Otani, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan

International Advisory Board:
Jeffrey Bradshaw, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, USA
Michele L. D. Gaudreault, US Asian Office of Aerospace R&D
Daniel T. Ling, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Jianchang Mao, Verity Inc., USA
Hiroshi Motoda, Osaka University, Japan
Setsuo Ohsuga, Waseda University, Japan
Patrick S. P. Wang, Northeastern University, USA
Yiyu Yao, University of Regina, Canada
Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Jan Zytkow, University of North Carolina, USA
Program Committee: (to be announced)

Local Organizing Committee:
Hisao Machida (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Tadaomi Miyazaki (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Nobuo Otani (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Sean M. Reedy (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Ning Zhong (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Yukio Kanazawa (Maebashi Convention Bureau, Japan)
Seiji Murai (Maebashi Convention Bureau, Japan)
Kanehisa Sekine (Maebashi Convention Bureau, Japan)
Midori Asaka (Information Technology Agency (IPA), Japan)
Yoshitsugu Kakemoto (Japan Research Institute, Limited, Japan)


The IAT'2001 and WI'2001 will take place in Maebashi City.
Maebashi City is positioned nearly in the center of the Japan Archipelago.
Maebashi City is also the center of Gunma Prefecture
that is a land of greenery blessed with the wonders of natural beauty
and more than a hundred hot springs offering relaxation and peace of mind.
Only a hundred kilometers from Japan's capital city of Tokyo and reachable
in an hour by bullet train or high-speed expressway, a variety of
favorable land conditions lead to flourishing economic activity.
IAT'2001 will organize a tour during the conference
to a resort hotel with hot spring in Ikaho
that is one of the most famous hot springs areas in Gunma.
Maebashi City and the neighboring areas in Gunma are expected
to further develop into an IT conurbation with highly advanced
information technology.


Please send suggestions and inquiries regarding IAT'2001 to:

Prof. Ning Zhong (IAT'2001)
Department of Information Engineering
Maebashi Institute of Technology
460-1, Kamisadori-Cho, Maebashi-City, 371-0816

TEL&FAX: +81-27-265-7366
E-mail: zhong@maebashi-it.ac.jp

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