IFORS SPC9: Soft Computing Papers

Christer Carlsson (ccarlsso@abo.fi)
Fri, 5 Mar 1999 23:36:45 +0100 (MET)

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Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
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The International Federation of Operational Research Societies

SPC-9

INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS AND ACTIVE DSS

Turku/Åbo, Finland
April 25-27, 1999

CALL FOR PAPERS

Intelligent systems and active decision support systems are part of the movement towards developing effective intelligent systems for problem solving and decision making, systems that can deal with complex and ill-structured situations, i.e. contexts for which discovery and learning can positively impact the outcome of the problem solving process. Intelligent systems are also part of the emerging paradigm for Active DSS, within which we want to develop and implement more effective and productive support systems, both for individual users as well as for groups of users. This gradual paradigm shift has been triggered by several factors: (i) the growing need for relevant and effective decision support to deal with a dynamic, uncertain and increasingly complex management environment, (ii) effective DSS are typically context-tailored, not general purpose systems; (iii) standard support technology is becoming obsolete and is making less and less impact on real-life problem solving, !
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and - therefore - (iv) support technology has been increasingly losing enthusiasm among senior decision makers as a way to improve decision quality and work productivity. The paradigm shift towards Active DSS aims at tackling the above four issues.

The SPC-9 conference will address the issues of intelligent systems and active DSS by exploring a number of themes, which include (but are not restricted to):
DSS: new technologies
Knowledge based support systems
Intelligent systems
Soft computing (fuzzy logic, neural nets, genetic algorithms)
Approximate reasoning
Software agents
Cognitive mapping
Expert systems: new technologies
User-adaptive support systems
Human-computer interaction
Data mining
Self-organising maps
Theoretical papers, as well as papers on applications and case studies are welcome. Papers can include software demos (facilities will be available for demos on both portables and the Internet), which can be included in presentations. The selection of papers will be done on the basis of extended abstracts [Format: maximum 4 pages, Time Roman 12, single spaced]. Full papers will be reviewed for publication in a number of special issues of journals.

Deadlines:
Extended abstracts: March 15, 1999
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 1999
Early registration: March 31, 1999
Late registration: April 15, 1999
Full papers: April 25, 1999

The submission of extended abstracts and papers will be through our homepage, which also will handle the registration to the conference.

Homepage: http://www.abo.fi/instut/iamsr/conference.html

Please also check the homepage for continuous updates of the conference information.

Registration fees:

The early registration fee will be 259 EUR (by March 31, 1999). The registration fee includes the collection of extended abstracts, an information package, lunch and coffee/tea during breaks 26-27.4, a welcome party and a conference dinner. The late registration fee will be 299 EUR (by April 15, 1999). Attending the activities on Sunday 25.4 costs 25 EUR (includes lunch and coffee/tea).

Organised by:

The Institute for Advanced Management Systems Research, Åbo Akademi University, in co-operation with:
The Turku School of Economics and Business Administration and the Finnish OR Society.

Sponsored by:

The Turku Center for Computer Science
The Foundation for Economic Education in Finland
The International Federation of Operational Research Societies

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