FQAS98, First call for papers

Henning Christiansen (henning@ruc.dk)
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 16:42:26 +0200 (MET DST)

First call for papers

International conference on Flexible Query
Answering Systems, FQAS'98

13-15 May, 1998
Roskilde University, Denmark


Submission deadline: 1 February 1998


The area of Flexible Query Answering System, FQAS,
is related to enhancements of inquiring or
query-answering systems into technology that can
be experienced as being "intelligent" or "flexible".
The emphasis of this conference is on problems in users
posing queries and systems producing answers.

This focus has become highly relevant as the amount
of information available from local and distributed
information bases has increased drastically and so
have the capacity and speed of ordinary office computer.
This makes it obvious to search for more advanced techniques
for analyzing and processing user queries than those
normally used in database systems and search engines.

A human intermediary with expertise in the domain of interest
can often be considered an ideal for a flexible
query-answering system.
Typically, the friendly human expert attempts to interpret
also in-correctly posed questions and tries to compose an answer
not reflecting precisely what's in question, but rather what the
expert understands to be the intention with the question.

The recent interest in Internet search engines, and the increasing
needs for adding quality - in terms of flexibility,
performance, precision and recall - to such engines,
has further added to the importance of FQAS.
Moreover, the current demand for flexible querying into
information sources of diverse nature and structure, such as the
World Wide Web, and data and knowledge bases, calls for a
cross-disciplinary approach from computer science and
information sciences, as intended by this conference.

Previous FQAS arrangements and more background are described
under the www address mentioned.


Submission deadline: 1 February 1998

Notification: 1 March 1998
Camera-ready papers: 1 April 1998
(Tentative: Tutorials, Ph.D.-seminar: 11-12 May 1998)
Regular conference: 13-15 May 1998


Original papers are solicited on different aspects of flexible
query answering systems. Topics of interest for this
conference include, but are not limited to, the following.

Intelligent, flexible, cooperative approaches or systems that are
- based on fuzzy logic, including fuzzy aggregation
and fuzzy querying,
- inhancing expressibility in query language using, e.g.,
modal or natural language constructs,
- based on logic formalisms, applying non-standard interpretation
to model query processing,
- applying knowledge discovery to obtain domain knowledge useful
in enhancing query-answering,
- capturing and refining models of users and user behaviour.

Underlying theoretical aspects related to such approaches
within areas such as
- knowledge representation formalisms, semantics,
- formal logic,
- fuzzy logic,
- artificial intelligence,
- database technology,
- deductive databases and non-standard derivations,
- information retrieval.

Papers should describe original, previously unpublished work,
and should not be simultaneously submitted for
publication elsewhere. Submitted papers must be written in
English and should not exceed 12 pages using
reasonable font size, margins, and line spacing.
Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged, and should be
sent to fqas98@ruc.dk.

If electronic submission is not possible, send 3 hard-copies
or by fine-resolution telefax to the conference chairman.

All submissions must be received by 1. February 1998.

Internationally published proceedings are planned and
leading publishers have been contacted.
Information about format and page of final papers will
be sent to the authors in due time.

Invited speakers

Patrick Bosc, IRISA/ENSSAT, France
Jack Minker, University of Maryland

Program Committee

.. as of 7 Oct 1997

Amparo Vila vila@robinson.ugr.es
Bernadette Bouchon-Menuier bouchon@laforia.ibp.fr
Derrick Kheden hdecker@informatik.uni-muenchen.de
Fosca Gianotti f.giannotti@cnuce.cnr.it
Henning Christiansen (Chair) henning@ruc.dk
Henrik Legind Larsen hll@ruc.dk
Janusz Kacprzyk kacprzyk@ibspan.waw.pl
Jorgen Fischer-Nilsson jfn@id.dtu.dk
Laurence Cholvy Laurence.Cholvy@cert.fr
Olga Pons opc@decsai.ugr.es
Olivier Pivert pivert@merlin.enssat.fr
Rita De Caluwe Rita.DeCaluwe@rug.ac.be
Robert Demolombe Robert.Demolombe@cert.fr
Ronald R. Yager Yager@Panix.Com
Troels Andreasen troels@ruc.dk

FQAS'98 Organizers

Troels Andreasen,
Henning Christiansen,
Henrik Legind Larsen,

Roskilde University, Denmark.

For more information contact

FQAS'98 Conference Chair
Henning Christiansen
Department of Computer Science
Roskilde University, bldg. 20.1
P.O. Box 260,
DK-4000 Roskilde,

Phone: (+45) 4674 2576
Fax: (+45) 4674 3072

E-mail: henning@ruc.dk

Conference Web Pages: http://www.dat.ruc.dk/fqas98
- which will be kept up to date with fresh information.