CFP: CIA 2001 Cooperative Information Agents

Subject: CFP: CIA 2001 Cooperative Information Agents
From: Matthias Klusch (
Date: Wed Oct 18 2000 - 12:13:07 MET DST

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  Fifth International Workshop CIA-2001 on


         September 6 - 8, 2001
            Modena, Italy

            In cooperation with
28th Conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB 2001)

This workshop is co-sponsored by

- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
- Swiss Life AG, Switzerland
- GMU Center for Information Systems Integration & Evolution, USA

and hosted by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.


   Deadline for Paper Submission: APRIL 10, 2001

   Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2001
   Deadline for Camera-Ready Paper: June 22, 2001


The CIA 2001 workshop issues a "CIA Best Paper Award" and a
"CIA System Innovation Award" to acknowledge highly innovative
research and development, respectively, in the area of intelligent
information agents.
Only submissions to the CIA 2001 workshop will be evaluated.
Both awards will be given at the workshop.


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.
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 topics in the research area
of intelligent and collaborating information agents are covered by
the CIA-2001 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.

* 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 Agents

  - 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, CIA-2000 workshops
appeared as LNAI Vol. 1202, 1435, 1652, and 1860 respectively.


Request for nomination for the "CIA Systems Innovation Award"
is done via the submission of a short paper (up to 5 pages) describing
the agent system and a demonstration of its running prototype at the
The paper should briefly describe the system's motivation, architecture,
available results, and clearly point out the main innovative highlights.
Guideline for submission of this short paper follows the one given for
paper submissions (see below).
The decision on acceptance of request for nomination bases on this description.
Each nominee is requested to demonstrate a running prototype
at the workshop to the jury of the award.

Each paper submitted to the CIA 2001 workshop will be considered for
nomination for the "CIA Best Paper Award" by the programme committee.


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 (in A4 size) printable,
  as compressed file to:

+ Submission by Postal Mail:

  Please send 4 hard-copies of your contribution to the following address.

     Dr. Matthias Klusch
     DFKI GmbH
     Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
     66123 Saarbruecken


General Chair:

Matthias Klusch (DFKI GmbH, Germany)


Franco Zambonelli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Toru Ishida (Kyoto University, Japan)
Larry Kerschberg (George Mason University, USA)
Onn Shehory (IBM Research, Israel)

Programme Committee:

Elisabeth Andre (DFKI GmbH, Germany)
Ricardo Baeza-Yates (University of Chile, Chile)
Sonia Bergamaschi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (NRC Rome, Italy)
Brahim Chaib-draa (Laval University, Canada)
Yves Demazeau (Leibniz CNRS, France)
Rose Dieng (INRIA, France)
Frank Dignum (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)
Peter Edwards (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Dieter Fensel (Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Barabara Hayes-Roth (University of Stanford, USA)
Mike Huhns (University of South Carolina, USA)
Yasuhiko Kitamura (University of Osaka City, Japan)
Sarit Kraus (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Victor Lesser (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Robert A. Meersman (University of Brussels, Belgium)
Werner Nutt (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK)
Andrea Omicini (University of Bologna, Italy)
Ana Paiva (IST - TU Lisbon, Portugal)
Rosalind W. Picard (MIT Media Lab, USA)
Agostino Poggi (University of Parma, Italy)
Ulrich Reimer (Swiss Life, Switzerland)
Ulrike Sattler (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Heiko Schuldt (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Sandip Sen (University of Tulsa, USA)
Amit Sheth (University of Georgia, USA)
Carles Sierra (Spanish Research Center on AI, Spain)
Munindar Singh (North Carolina State University, USA)
Von-Wun Soo (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
Leon Sterling (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Robert Tolksdorf (TU Berlin, Germany)
Robert Trappl (Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria)
Jan Treur (Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Christian Tschudin (University of Uppsala, Sweden)
Michael Wooldridge (University of Liverpool, UK)
Gerhard Weiss (TU Munich, Germany)
Makoto Yokoo (NTT Communication Science Lab, Japan)
Ning Zhong (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)

Local Organizing Committee:

Franco Zambonelli, Giacomo Cabri,
Letizia Leonardi, and Maurizio Vincini
(University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)


For more information about the workshop please contact:

Matthias Klusch
 DFKI GmbH, Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
 Phone: +49-681-302-5297, +49-681-8317676
 Fax: +49-681-302-2235

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