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1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology
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December 14-17 1999 Hong Kong

Homepage: http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/IAT99

You are invited to attend and participate in the First Asia-Pacific
Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'99) to be held in Hong
Kong on December 14-17, 1999. The conference will take place at the Lam
Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University,
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

IAT'99 is an international forum that will bring together innovators
from around the world in the growing field of intelligent agents and
their applications to share their original research results and
practical development experiences. A unique feature of the conference
is that it emphasizes a multi-facet view of the emerging agent technology,
from its computational foundations, in terms of models, methodologies,
and tools for developing a variety of embodiments of agent-based systems,
to its practical impact on tackling real-world problems.

The technical program of IAT'99 is structured into 17 sessions, focusing
on the following areas:

A. Agent Architectures
B. Multiagent Cooperation
C. Distributed Intelligence
D. Formal Agent Theories
E. Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Agents
F. Personalized Web Agents
G. Software Agents
H. Mobile Agents
I. Agent-Supported Enterprise

104 full papers were submitted from 24 countries and regions of all
continents. Out of them, 29 regular papers (27.8%) and 36 short papers
were accepted for presentation and publication. The proceedings of
IAT'99 is published by The World Scientific Publishing as a book,
entitled "Intelligent Agent Technology: Systems, Methodologies, and
Tools" (ISBN 981-02-4054-6).

IAT'99 is sponsored by Hong Kong Baptist University, The Croucher
Foundation, Epson Foundation, The MIT Press, ACM Hong Kong, IEEE
Hong Kong Section Computer Chapter, and in cooperation with ACM
SIGART, SIGKDD, and SIGCHI.

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SPECIAL FEATURES
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The IAT'99 program is enriched by 4 invited speakers: Setsuo Ohsuga,
Jeffrey Bradshaw, Jan Zytkow, and Daniel Ling, from Artificial
Intelligence, Autonomous Agents, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining,
and User Interfaces communities.

The IAT'99 participants will be able to see and try new technologies
close up at the IAT'99 Agent Technology Exhibition, featuring live
system demonstrations from MITRE Corporation, IBM Santa Teresa Lab,
IBM Almaden Research Center, NEC, Toshiba, Japan Information-technology
Promotion Agency (IPA), and a number of other corporate/university labs.

As part of the technical program, a panel discussion on Trends and
Prospects of Intelligent Agent Technology will be held and chaired
by Jeffrey Bradshaw.

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SOCIAL PROGRAM
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In order to provide a better opportunity for the IAT'99 participants
to discover Hong Kong, IAT'99 will include a complimentary
sightseeing bus tour to visit some of the most famous scenic places
in Hong Kong.

Immediately following the sightseeing tour, the IAT'99 participants
and their guests will get a chance to see Hong Kong at night and to
interact with each other in a very informal, relaxing atmosphere, as
they take part in the IAT'99 Cruise with Buffet Banquet.

(NOTE: Admission tickets are limited and will be offered on a
first-come-first-serve basis. The student registration does not
include the admission to the banquet.)

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EARLY REGISTRATION
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The deadline for early registration is *November 1, 1999*.
Registration forms for the conference, tutorials, and workshop
("Agents in E-Commerce") can be found at the IAT'99 homepage:

http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/IAT99

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IAT'99 ADVANCE PROGRAM
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Tuesday, December 14 1999
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Tutorials and
Workshop on Agents in E-Commerce
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(Full Day)

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Pre-Conference Registration
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16:00 - 18:00

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Wednesday, December 15 1999
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Registration
08:30 - 09:00

Opening Ceremony
09:00 - 09:20

Reception
09:20 - 09:35

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Invited Talk
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09:35 - 10:35
How Can AI Systems Deal with Large and Complex Problems?
Prof. Setsuo Ohsuga (Waseda University, Japan)

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Session 1 Agent Architectures (I)
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10:40 - 11:40

(1) A Framework for Multi-Agent Systems Development
David Kinny (University of Melbourne, Australia)
(2) A Reactive Scheduling Agent Architecture for Coordinating
Assistants
Wayne Wobcke (BT laboratories, UK)
Arash Sichanie
(Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK)
(3) Evaluating the FIPA Standards on the Field: An Audio Video
Entertainment Application
R. Cattoni and A. Potrich (ITC-irst, Centro per la
Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica SSI Division, Italy)
P. Charlton and E. Mamdani
(Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK)

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Session 2 Multiagent Cooperation (I)
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10:40 - 11:40

(1) Facilitate Agreement in Cooperative Design by Detecting
Irrational Claims in Negotiation
T. Yoshida, T. Teduka and S. Nishida
(Osaka University, Japan)
(2) Mutual Valuations between Agents and Their Coalitions
Stefan J. Johansson
(University of Karlskrona/Ronneby, Sweden)
(3) Reinforcement Learning with Bidding for Automatic
Segmentation
Ron Sun (University of Missouri, USA)
Chad Sessions (University of Alabama, USA)

Coffee Break
11:40 - 11:55

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Session 3 Agent Architectures (II)
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11:55 - 12:55

(1) A Multi-Agent Approach to Self-Organizing Vision Systems
Thorsten Graf and Alois Knoll
(University of Bielefeld, Germany)
(2) Robot Media Communication: A Real-World Guide Agent to
Construct Transparent Knowledge Boundaries between Real
and Virtual Spaces
Noriko Etani
(Nara Institute Of Science and Technology, Japan)
(3) Gate Growth: Grammar Encoded Evolutionary Design for
Autonomous Agent
Kensuke Takita (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Yukinori Kakazu (Hokkaido University, Japan)

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Session 4 Software Agents (I)
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11:55 - 12:55

(1) Training Intelligent Agents Using Human Internet Data
Elizabeth Sklar (Brandeis University, USA)
Alan D. Blair (University of Queensland, Australia)
Pablo Funes and Jordan Pollack (Brandeis University, USA)
(2) Goodinator: Quick and Prudent Meeting Coordination with a
Multi-Agent System
Koji Kida, Kenji Yoshifu, Takayoshi Asakura and
Toshiaki Miyashita (NEC Corporation, Japan)
(3) Natural Language Processing in Multi-Agent Systems
Jingye Zhou (Xiangtan University, China)
Jianwen Yin, Jianer Chen and John Yen
(Texas A&M University, USA)

Lunch
12:55 - 14:00

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Invited Talk
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14:00 - 15:00
Steps Toward the Permanent Colonization of Cyberspace
Dr. Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (The Boeing Company, USA)

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Session 5 Multiagent Cooperation (II)
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15:05 - 16:05

(1) How to Cooperate in Iterated Chicken Game and Iterated
Prisoner's Dilemma?
Bengt Carlsson (University of Karlskrona/Ronneby, Sweden)
(2) An Argument-Based Agent System with the Contract Net Protocol
Shinya Maeda, Chunyang Guan and Hajime Sawamura
(Niigata University, Japan)
(3) Design and Implementation of Multi-Agent Coordination
David Ramamonjisoa and Issam A. Hamid
(Iwate Prefectural University, Japan)

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Session 6 Mobile Agents (I)
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15:05 - 16:05

(1) Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Route Tracing by Use of
Mobile Agents
Midori Asaka
(Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), Japan)
Takefumi Onabuta
(The Japan Research Institute, Ltd. Japan)
Shinichi Nakasuka (University of Tokyo, Japan)
(2) Intention Spreading: An Extensible Theme to Protect Mobile
Agents from Read Attack Hoisted by Malicious Hosts
Sau-Koon Ng and Kwok-Wai Cheung
(The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK)
(3) DBMAS: A Multi-Agent System for Databases
Jianrong Chen, Sue Greenwood and John Nealon
(Oxford Brookes University, UK)

Coffee Break
16:05 - 16:20

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Session 7 Distributed Intelligence
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16:20 - 18:00

(1) From ALife Agents to a Kingdom of N Queens
Han Jing (University of Science and Technology of China)
Jiming Liu (Hong Kong Baptist University, HK)
Cai Qingsheng (University of Science and Technology of China)
(2) Soap Bubbles and the Dynamical Behavior of Multi-Agent
Systems
W. K. F. Lor and P. De Wilde
(Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK)
(3) The Motivation for Dynamic Adaptive Autonomy in
Agent-Based Systems
K. Suzanne Barber, Anuj Goel and Cheryl E. Martin
(The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
(4) A Team Model in a Dynamic Fire World
M. Goyal and N. Parameswaran
(University of New South Wales, Australia)
(5) How Flexible Should Agent Behaviour Languages Be?
B. Mayoh, T. Krink, E. G. Werk (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
Du Junping (Automation Department, China)

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Session 8 Formal Agent Theories (I)
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16:20 - 18:00

(1) Knowledge Granularity Spectrum, Action Pyramid, and the
Scaling Problem
Yiming Ye (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA)
John K. Tsotsos (University of Toronto, Canada)
(2) Embodied Ontologies: Ontologies for Real Agents
Hiroshi Tsukimoto (Toshiba Corporation, Japan)
(3) Recipe Structure for Dynamic Worlds
S. Au and N. Parameswaran
(University of New South Wales, Australia)
(4) Dynamic Planning Model for Agent's Preference Satisfaction:
First Results
Pavlos Moraitis
(Technical University of Crete Greece, Greece)
Alexis Tsoukias
(University of Paris-Dauphine France, France)
(5) Belief-Goal-Role Agents: From Conception to Specification
Walid Chainbi (FSEG-SFAX, Tunisia)

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Thursday, December 16 1999
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Invited Talk
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08:45 - 09:45
Robot-Discoverer: A Role Model for Any Intelligent Agent
Prof. Jan M. Zytkow (University of North Carolina, USA)

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Session 9 Agent-Supported Enterprise (I)
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09:50 - 11:10

(1) Improving Telecom Service Access Convergence Using
Software Agents
Marko Palola, Marko Heikkinen and Rauli Kaksonen
(VTT Electronics, Finland)
(2) Allocative Auctions: An Application Context for CSCW and
Intelligent Agents
Helen Meng, Yuk Chi Li, Ka Kit Lau and Yun Wing Lee
(The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK)
(3) Self-Adaptation and Reconfiguration of an Agent-Based
Production System: Virtual Factory
Yingjiu Liu, Pierre Massotte and Pierre Couturier
(Ales School of Mines, France)
(4) Supporting Collaborative Building Design: A Multi-Agent
Approach
Wei Dai, R. Drogemuller, J. Mashford, M. Rahilly and
K. K. Yum
(Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation, Australia)

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Session 10 Personalized Web Agents (I)
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09:50 - 11:10

(1) A Personalized Web Agent with Implicit Feedback and
Hybrid Filtering Strategy
Junggee Han and Juntae Kim (Dongguk University, Korea)
(2) User Profile Based Personalized Web Agent
Young Jun. So, Hae Jung Baek, and Young-Tack Park
(Soongsil University, Korea)
(3) Multi-Agent Based Approach for Information Retrieval in
the WWW
Tarek Helmy, Babak Hodjat and Makoto Amamiya
(Kyushu University, Japan)
(4) Distributed Information Retrieval Agent JMAT
Zhongzhi Shi, Wei Li, Hu Cao and Xiaoli Li
(Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:25

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Session 11 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Agents (I)
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11:25 - 13:05

(1) An Agent-Based Architecture in Knowledge Discovery and
Data Mining
T. B. Ho, T. D. Nguyen and N. B. Nguyen
(Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
(2) Learning Novel Concepts through Natural Language
Jingye Zhou (Xiangtan University, China)
Jianwen Yin, Jianer Chen and John Yen
(Texas A&M University, USA)
(3) An Efficient K-Means-Based Clustering Algorithm
D. L. Yang, J. H. Chang, M. C. Hong and J. S. Liu
(Feng Chia University, Taiwan)
(4) Design of Robust, Survivable Intrusion Detection Agent
Sourav Bhattacharya and Nong Ye
(Arizona State University, USA)
(5) A Bayesian Alarm Network as Independent Intrusion
Detection System
Dusan Bulatovic (Informatika ad Yugoslavia)
Dusan Velasevic (University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia)

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Session 12 Formal Agent Theories (II)
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11:25 - 13:05

(1) Modeling Sociality in the BDI Framework
Pietro Panzarasa, Timothy J. Norman and
Nicholas R. Jennings
(Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London,
UK)
(2) Modeling Agents as Reflective Intentional Systems
Maria Fasli (University of Essex, UK)
(3) Circumscribed-Polyhedron Approximation for Maximum
Hypersphere Search
Hiroshi Watanabe and Einoshin Suzuki
(Yokohama National University, Japan)
(4) An Agent System in Stratums Theory
Luis Carlos Molina Acevedo (Colombia)
(5) Towards Situation-Specific Agent Theories
Paul Davidsson and Bertil Ekdahl
(University of Karlskrona/Ronneby, Sweden)

Lunch
13:05 - 14:15

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Session 13 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Agents (II)
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14:15 - 15:15

(1) Integration of Multiple Heterogeneous Databases Using a
Client-Side Meta Search Agent
Taehee Kim, Seonho Kim, Sun-Hwa Hahn and Jin-Hyung Kim
(Korea Research and Development Information Center)
(2) Active User Interfaces for Building Decision-Theoretic
Systems
Scott M. Brown (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
Eugene Santos Jr. (University of Connecticut, USA)
Sheila B. Banks (Calculated Insight, Orlando, USA)
(3) System Expansion and Integration with Agents in HSTAT
Xiaocheng Luan (AppNet Inc., USA)
Maureen Prettyman (National Library of Medicine, USA)
Robert Antonucci (AppNet Inc., USA)

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Agent Exhibition Show Time
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14:15 - 15:30

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Sightseeing Tour
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15:30 - 19:30

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Cruise and Banquet Party
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20:00 - 23:00

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Friday, December 17 1999
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Invited Talk
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09:00 - 10:00
Intelligent Agents: Embodied and Disembodied
Dr. Daniel T. Ling (Microsoft Corporation, USA)

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Session 14 Software Agents (II)
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10:05 - 11:05

(1) Microsoft Agent, A Multi-Client Programming Interface
for Interactive Computer Characters
Tandy Trower (Microsoft Corporation, USA)
(2) An Adaptive Meeting Scheduling Agent
J. William Murdock and Ashok K. Goel
(Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
(3) Software Interface Agents
Yong Jin Cho, Dong Hyun Roh and Hyun S. Yang
(Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

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Session 15 Mobile Agents (II)
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10:05 - 11:05

(1) Learning Improves Mobile Agent Efficiency
Sam Joseph, Masanori Hattori and Naoki Kase
(Toshiba Corporation, Japan)
(2) Increasing the Dependability in a Multi-Agent System
Ralph Deters (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
(3) An Efficient Fault-tolerant Protocol for Mobile Agents
Ting On Lee and Kam W. Ng
(The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK)

Coffee Break
11:05 - 11:20

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Session 16 Personalized Web Agents (II)
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11:20 - 13:00

(1) Information Filtering on the Web:
a Hybrid Case-Based Approach
G. L. Gentili, M. Marinilli, A. Micarelli and
F. Sciarrone
(Universit di Roma Tre Dipartimento di Informatica e
Automazione, Italy)
(2) Engineering Information Discovery and Monitoring Systems
along the Dimensions of Agency and Ontology
Kwang Mong Sim and Pui Tak Wong
(Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK)
(3) Intelligent Information Discovery with Self-Training
Autonomous Agents
D. Fragoudis and S. D. Likothanassis
(University of Patras, Greece)
(4) More Efficient Web Searching by Modeling Users'
Long-Term Goals
Dimitre Dimitrov and James Warren
(University of South Australia, Australia)
(5) Information Retrieval Agents Based on Evolutionary
Computation to Reflect User Preference
Jee-Haeng Lee and Sung-Bae Cho
(Yonsei University, Korea)

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Session 17 Agent-Supported Enterprise (II)
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11:20 - 13:00

(1) Supporting Coordination: A Multi-Agent Approach
Monica Divitini
(IDI-Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology,
Norway)
(2) Agent-Based Information Gathering System for
Life Cycle Costs
Tiemei Irene Zhang and Elizabeth Kendall
(Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia)
(3) Applying Market Based Agent to Fuzzy Decision
Support System
P. W. Lei, M. I. Heywood and C. R. Chatwin
(University of Macao, Macao)
(4) Virtual Enterprise Information System
Li Yu, Huang Biqing and Wu Cheng
(Tsinghua University, China)
(5) A Virtual Shop Navigation System Based on the
Multi-Agent Technology
N. Bensaid and Ph. Mathieu
(Universite de Lille I, France)

Lunch
13:00 - 14:15

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Panel: Trends and Prospects of IAT
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14:15 - 15:15
Chair: Dr. Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

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