CFP: IJCAI-O1 Workshop on Empirical AI

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Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 16:18:53 MET

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                           The IJCAI-01 Workshop on


                        August 4, 2001, Seattle, USA

    Workshop Description

    In many areas of AI, experiments are the primary means of
    demonstrating the value and potential of new techniques. It is widely
    recognized that appropriate empirical approaches often yield new
    insights into algorithms and systems, and often lead to new research
    issues, which may be both of experimental and theoretical nature. Thus
    empirical methods for analysing and comparing algorithms and systems
    are of considerable interest to many AI researchers.

    The workshop will bring together researchers from different areas of
    AI where empirical methods are used to analyse and evaluate algorithms
    and systems.

    Workshop topics will include:

    -- the design of computational experiments
    -- performance criteria for algorithms and systems
    -- methods for analysing, characterising, and comparing algorithmic
    -- the choice of problem sets - benchmark problems, artificially
       generated problems, etc.
    -- the role of theoretical models in experiments
    -- studies from various fields of AI which exemplify good empirical
         methodology and its value for obtaining interesting results.

    The domains of interest will cover constraint satisfaction, knowledge
    acquisition, machine learning and neural networks, natural language
    processing, planning, reasoning about knowledge, robotics,
    satisfiability, search techniques, speech recognition, theorem
    proving, and vision.


    This one-day workshop will start with an invited talk, followed by
    survey talks in which leading experts will discuss and compare
    empirical standards in their domains (rather than present the most
    recent results of their research). Issues raised by the presentations
    will then be discussed by all workshop participants. Additionally, we
    are planning to have 1-2 panels (the topics of these panels will be
    decided based on the submissions) in which panelists first present
    their position regarding possibly controversial issues, in a 10 minute

    A joint lunch or dinner will provide further opportunities for an
    informal exchange of experiences and ideas.

    This workshop on Empirical Methods in Artificial Intelligence will be
    coordinated with the IJCAI-01 Workshop on ``Stochastic Search
    Algorithms'' (organised by Holger H. Hoos and Thomas Stuetzle) and the
    IJCAI-01 Tutorial on Stochastic Search (held by Holger H. Hoos and
    Thomas Stuetzle).

    Important Dates

     -- Submission deadline: February 28, 2001
     -- Notification of acceptance: March 29, 2001
     -- Camera-ready copy deadline: April 11, 2001
     -- Workshop: August 4, 2001

    Submission Procedure

    We ask authors to submit technical papers or position papers either in
    Postscript or PDF. Every participant is expected to submit at least a
    1-page statement of interest.

    Technical papers should address one or more of the workshop
    topics. Position papers should describe and justify your view on one
    or more topics relevant to this workshop. The paper should be
    reasonably concise; technical papers should be in the range from 4 to
    6 pages in IJCAI or AAAI conference style, position papers should be
    about 1000 words. Submissions should be printed on 8.5" x 11" or A4
    paper with at least 1 inch margins on all sides. The first page of the
    position paper should include the title, a brief abstract, and author
    names, affiliations, postal addresses, electronic mail addresses, and
    telephone and fax numbers.

    To submit a paper, email it (or a URL pointer to it) to

    The number of participants is limited to 40 participants; participants
    will be selected based on the submitted position paper. All
    participants are expected to contribute to the discussions in the

    Note that all workshop participants must register for the main
    IJCAI-01 conference.


    Holger H. Hoos
    Dept. of Computer Science
    University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada

    Thomas Stuetzle
    Dept. of Computer Science, Intellectics Group
    Darmstadt University of Technology
    D-64283 Darmstadt, Germany

    Organisation Committee

    Ian Gent, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
    Tim Menzies, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Barbara Smith, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
    Geoff Sutcliffe, James Cook University, Australia

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