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Janusz Kacprzyk (kacprzyk@ibspan.waw.pl)
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 18:20:02 +0100 (MET)

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT / CALL FOR PAPERS

FQAS 2000

Fourth International Conference on
Flexible Query Answering Systems

October 25 - 27, 2000, Warsaw, Poland

http://viking.ibspan.waw.pl/fqas2000

Paper submission deadline: March 20, 2000

FQAS is the premier conference focusing on the key issue in the
information society of providing easy, flexible, intuitive access
to information for everybody. In targeting this issue, the conference
draws on several research areas, such as information retrieval, knowledge
representation, soft computing, databases, multimedia, and human-computer
interaction. The conference provides a unique opportunity for
researchers, developers and practitioners to explore new ideas and
approaches in a multidisciplinary forum. The previous FQAS events
were held in 1994, 1996, and 1998, all in Roskilde, Denmark.

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ORGANIZERS
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>>>> GENERAL CHAIRMEN

Henrik Legind Larsen,

Computer Science, bldg. 42.1,
Roskilde University,
P.O. Box 260,
DK 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
Email: hll@ruc.dk
Phone: +45 4674 3841

Janusz Kacprzyk

Systems Research Institute
Polish Academy of Sciences
ul. Newelska 6
01-447 Warszawa, Poland
e-mail: kacprzyk@ibspan.waw.pl
Phone: +48 22 8364414

>>>> EXECUTIVE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Henrik Legind Larsen (co-chair),
Roskilde University, Denmark
Janusz Kacprzyk (co-chair),
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Amihai Motro (program co-chair)
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Patrick Bosc (program co-chair)
IRISA/ENSSAT, Lannion Cedex, France
Gabriella Pasi (program co-chair),
ITIM-CNR, Milan, Italy
Slawomir Zadrozny (local chair),
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

>>>> INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Patrick Bosc, France,
Jesus Cardenosa, Spain
Bruce Croft, USA
Jack Minker, USA
Hendrik Decker, Germany
Robert Demolombe, France
Jorgen F.Nilsson, Denmark
Norbert Fuhr, Germany
Patric J. Hayes, USA
Janusz Kacprzyk, Poland
Don Kraft, USA
Henrik L. Larsen, Denmark (chair)
Amihai Motro, USA
Gabriella Pasi, Italy
Annelise Mark Pejtersen, Denmark
Henri Prade, France
Ronald R. Yager, USA

>>>> INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE

J. Allan, USA C. Marsala, France
R. Baeza-Yates, Chile J. Minker, USA
M.J. Bautista, Spain S. Miyamoto, Japan
G. Bordogna, Italy A. Morris, USA
B. Bouchon-Meunier, France N. Mouaddib, France
Z. Bubnicki, Poland F.L. Neves, Portugal
G.Q. Chen, P.R. China J.F. Nilsson, Denmark
L. Cholvy, France V. Novak, Czech Republic
F. Crestani, UK P. Paggio, Denmark
V. Cross, USA Z. Pawlak, Poland
J.C. Cubero, Spain A. Mark Pejtersen, Denmark
E. Damiani, Italy F. Petry, USA
R. De Caluwe, Belgium O. Pivert, France
G. De Tré, Belgium O. Pons, Spain
H. Decker, Germany H. Prade, France
R. Demolombe, France A. Ramer, Australia
M. Detyniecki, France Z. Ras, USA
D. Dubois, France G. Raschia, France
C. Enguehard, France E. Sanchez, France
D. Escorial, Spain D. Seipel, Germany
R. Felix, Germany J. Shanahan, UK
N. Fuhr, Germany A. Skowron, Poland
T. Gedeon, Australia R. Slowinski, Poland
R. George, USA H.E. Thomsen, Denmark
F. Giannotti, Italy M. Umano, Japan
O. Hryniewicz, Poland M. Vila, Spain
A.H. Jorgensen, Denmark P. Vojtas, Slovakia
J. Kacprzyk, Poland G. Wetzel, USA
N. Kasabov, New Zealand S.T. Wierzchoń, Poland
L.T. Koczy, Hungary R.R. Yager, USA
D. Kraft, USA A. Yazici, Turkey
W. Kurutach, Thailand S. Zadrozny, Poland

>>>> GEOGRAPHICAL AREA COORDINATORS

· Americas: Ashley Morris, University of Idaho, USA,
e-mail: amorris@cs.uidaho.edu
· Asia, Australia and New Zealand: Werasak Kurutach, Mahanakorn
University of Technology, Thailand
e-mail: werasak@mut.ac.th
· Europe and Africa: Ernesto Damiani, Universita di Milano,
e-mail: edamiani@telnetwork.it

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TOPICS OF INTEREST
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As a metaphor for flexible query answering we may consider a human
intermediary that has expertise in the topic of the query, and is
experienced in identifying the user's information needs and answering the
needs from the available information resources. Using knowledge on
relevant context, available information resources, etc., enables the
expert to respond rather precisely to the needs, though the query, per se,
may be imprecise, incomplete, etc. Thus, a key issue for flexible query
answering system is to obtain, maintain, represent, and utilize such
knowledge. This comprises domain knowledge and metaknowledge, its
representation and organization in ontologies, terminologies, etc.,
its creation through dictionaries, lexicons, learning, knowledge
discovery, data mining, etc., and its utilization for context recognition,
disambiguation, needs identification, etc. Natural language and speech
access, multimedia information, and the Internet give rise to new
problems and solutions in FQAS. Other important issues in FQAS
include information access modes (such as querying and navigation,
and answer presentation), human-computer interaction (including
modalities and usability factors), and evaluation of FQAS.

We invite submission of original research contributions, and proposals
for invited sessions, panels, and tutorials. Contributions are encouraged
from all areas, as long as it addresses central issues in flexible query
answering systems.
Topics areas include the following, as listed with keywords for subtopics,
as long as their relevance to the theme of the conference is clear:

-- KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION
Formalisms (description logics and algebra, etc.). Terminological
knowledge. Ontologies: representation, engineering, fusion and merging.
Epistemology. Philosophical issues.

-- REASONING, AND PROBLEM SOLVING
Inductive, deductive, and abductive reasoning. Approximate reasoning.
Aggregation methods. Matching. Subsumption. Generic tasks.
Classificatory problem solving.

-- KNOWLEDGE EXTRACTION
Text classification. Data and text mining. Discovery of association
rules, semantic and causal relationships. Data warehousing.

-- SEMANTIC MODELS IN FQAS
Semantics of similarity, association, matching, relevance, context, etc.

-- DATA MODELS IN FQAS
Models of data, information, knowledge, and their meta.

-- QUERY ANSWERING MODELS
Query expansion. Adaptive QA. Context and disambiguation.
Ontology-based querying. Evolutionary and genetic algorithms.

-- SPEECH AND NATURAL LANGUAGE QUERY ANSWERING
Speech recognition. NL queries. NL information bases. NL answers.
Cross language querying and retrieval.

-- INFORMATION BASES ACCESS TECHNIQUES
Text and multimedia indexing. Enveloping for database access. Data
structures. Search algorithms.

-- ANSWER GENERATION
Summary information. Meta information. Level of information.

-- HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
Information visualization, paradigms and models. Man-machine interaction.
User-system dialogues for needs identification.
Interaction modes. Navigation in information spaces.

-- INTERNET INFORMATION ACCESS AGENTS
Adaptive and specialized information agents. Information retrieval and
filtering agents. Robot and crawlers. Search and metasearch engines.
Intra/extra net systems. Privacy & security.

-- MULTIMEDIA INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Content-based querying and retrieval. Spatio-temporal information. Image
processing. Multimedia data analysis. Pattern recognition and
matching in multimedia information access.

-- APPLICATION DOMAINS
E-commerce, finance and banks, real estate, cars, classified, tourism,
libraries, research, medicine, transportation, enterprises, government,
defense, entertainment. Digital libraries. Geographical Information
Systems.

-- QUALITY MEASURES IN FQAS
Quality of information objects and answers. Precision and recall.
Usability. User and needs satisfaction. Quality assurance & evaluation
methodology.

-- VISIONS FOR FQAS
FQAS in the globally connected world. Intelligent homes, cars, and work
environments. Trends in market, product, and research. Interfaces, and
human-computer interaction. FQAS in years 2000+x.

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SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
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Prospective authors should submit full papers either electronically
(Postscript or PDF file, as attachment) or hard copies, up to 10
pages, before March 20, 2000 to the address of the Conference
Secretariat given below. Please use the e-mail address for the
electronic submission of the papers.

FQAS'2000 Secretariat
Systems Research Institute
Polish Academy of Sciences
ul. Newelska 6
01-447 Warsaw, Poland

Phone: + (48)(22) 37 05 21, 836 81 50
Fax: + (48)(22) 37 27 72
e-mail: fqas2000@ibspan.waw.pl

Upon acceptance, the authors will be requested to submit the final
camera-ready manuscript following typing instructions to be provided
(Word and Latex styles).

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PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS
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The conference proceedings (including all accepted papers) will
be published by the Springer-Verlag group in the series
"Advances in Soft Computing", and distributed to all registered
authors at the conference.

Some selected papers, in extended versions, are planned to appear
in post-conference volumes to be published by Kluwer and other
publishers as well as in special issues of respected journals.

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PROPOSALS FOR INVITED SESSIONS
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Prospective organizers are invited to send a proposal with the
title and a short statement of the purpose of the session, plus
the recommended sessions chair and co-chair. Invited sessions
should comprise 4-5 invited papers. The session should
preferable start with a tutorial like paper. The session
organizer's registration fee is waived if at least 3 authors of
papers in the session register to the conference. Proposals
should be sent to the general chair or the co-chair before
February 1, 2000.

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PROPOSALS OF PANEL DISCUSSIONS
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Prospective organizers of panels are invited to send a proposal
with the title and a short statement of the purpose of the
panel. A panel should include 6-10 people. Proposals should be
sent to the general chair or the co-chair before March 15,
2000.

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PROPOSALS OF DEMONSTRATIONS/EXHIBITONS
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Proposals for demonstrations/exhibitions should be sent to the
demonstration/exhibition chair:

Dr. Rudolf Felix, Germany
e-mail: felix@fuzzy.de

by March 30, 2000.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM
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FQAS will include:

· invited, keynote and plenary talks by leading experts,
· topic-oriented technical sessions, regular and invited,
· panel discussions, and
· exhibitions.

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CONFERENCE VENUE
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The conference venue will be the historic main office of the
Polish Academy of Sciences, in the very center of Warsaw, near
to the Old Town, hotels, restaurants, and main sightseeing
attractions.

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CONFERENCE FEE
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The registration fee (including the attendance, a copy of the
proceedings volume, conference materials, coffee breaks,
welcome reception, and banquet) is:

· Early registration (until June 15, 2000) - USD 250,
· Late registration (until August 31, 2000) - USD 280,
· On-site registration - USD 320.

It is planned to have low student registration fees as well as
some reductions for members of some professional and scholarly
societies. This information will be provided in the next
announcement.

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SOCIAL PROGRAM
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The conference venue and main hotels will be within the walking
distance of virtually all sightseeing attractions of Warsaw,
commercial zones, the opera house and theaters, etc. so that
the participants and accompanying persons will be able to
easily organize a sightseeing program by themselves. The
conference organizers will provide an opportunity to arrange
excursions, guided tours, etc. to other places of interest
(e.g. to Chopin's birthplace). Moreover, since all reduced
price airfares require that passengers stay the Saturday/Sunday
night, a group excursion to Cracow, the historic and artistic
capital of Poland will be organized on Saturday, October 28,
2000.

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IMPORTANT DATES
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· Preregistration (email or WWW) as soon as possible
· Paper submission deadline March 20, 2000
· Notification of acceptance May 1, 2000
· Camera-ready papers due May 20, 2000
(with the payment of the
registration fee)

· FQAS'2000 Conference October 25-27, 2000
· Invited sessions proposals: February 1, 2000
· Panel discussions proposals: March 15, 2000
· Demonstrations proposals: March 30, 2000

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FURTHER INFORMATION
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Further information on hotels, flights, etc. will be provided
in the next announcement to be send to those participants who
have filled out the below pre-registration form:

PREREGISTRATION FORM

Yes, I am interested in (please check the appropriate item):

O The participation at FQAS'2000
O Receiving further information

Name:
Affiliation:
Address:
Phone:
Fax:
Email:

Please fill out the above pre-registration form and send it,
preferably by e-mail to: fqas2000@ibspan.waw.pl

or by mail to the Conference Secretariat as given below.

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CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
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K. Warzywoda
A. Józwiak

FQAS'2000 Secretariat
Systems Research Institute
Polish Academy of Sciences
ul. Newelska 6
01-447 Warsaw, Poland

Phone: + (48)(22) 37 05 21, 836 81 50
Fax: +(48)(22) 37 27 72
e-mail: fqas2000@ibspan.waw.pl

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* Prof. Janusz Kacprzyk Systems Research Institute *
* Deputy Director for Research Polish Academy of Sciences *
* Email: kacprzyk@ibspan.waw.pl ul. Newelska 6 *
* Phone: + (48) (22) 36 44 14 01-447 Warsaw *
* 36 81 50 *
* Fax: + (48) (22) 37 27 72 Poland *
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