CFP: CIA 2002 - 6th Intl. Wshp on Cooperative Information Agents

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                  FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS


         Sixth International Workshop CIA-2002 on


               September 18 - 20, 2002
                   Madrid, Spain


    This workshop is co-sponsored by

    - Swiss Life AG, Switzerland
    - Elsevier Science, The Netherlands
    - iSOCO AG, Spain
    - AgentLink II European Network of Excellence
      for Agent-Based Computing
    - AutoDesk Inc, USA

    CIA 2002 is hosted by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
    and co-located with the ESAW 2002 workshop.


       Deadline for Paper Submission: April 8, 2002

       Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: June 3, 2002
       Deadline for Camera-Ready Paper: June 24, 2002


    Information agent technology is one of the major key technologies
    for the Internet and worldwide Web. An information agent is a
    computational software entity that has access to one or multiple,
    heterogeneous and distributed information sources, pro-actively
    searches for and maintains relevant information on behalf of users
    or other agents preferably just-in-time. In other words, it is
    managing and overcoming the difficulties associated with information
    overload in the open and exponentially growing Internet and Web.
    Although low-level infrastructure has been developed to support
    interoperability between heterogeneous databases and application
    programs, this is not sufficient when dealing with higher-level
    object organizations such as vertical business object frameworks
    and workflows. Existing multi-database or federated database systems
    do not support any kind of pro-active information discovery.
    One key challenge of advanced information systems is to balance the
    autonomy of databases and legacy systems with the potential payoff
    of leveraging them by the use of information agents to perform
    collaborative work.
    Developing information agents requires expertise from different
    research disciplines such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), advanced
    databases and knowledge base systems, distributed information systems,
    adaptive information retrieval, and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).
    Like in the previous CIA workshops, all hot topics in the research area
    of intelligent and collaborating information agents are covered by the
    CIA-2002 workshop.

    Topics are (but not limited to)

    * Systems and Applications of Information Agents

             Architectures, prototypes and fielded systems of information agents.
             Issues of programming information agents.

    * Agent-Based Knowledge Discovery and the Semantic Web.

            Application of techniques of knowledge discovery for information agents
            acting in open, distributed and dynamically changing environments.
            Information agents for the Semantic Web (thorough technology surveys,
            Agent-based distributed knowledge discovery in wide-area networks.

    * Mobile Information Agents

             Applications of mobile information agents: Prototypes, experiments,
             studies, and experiences.
             Architectures, environments and languages for mobile and secure
             performance of information agents.

    * Information Agents and Ubiquitous Computing

             Collaborating information agents in/for wearable computers,
             hand-held and/or satellite-based control devices:
             Applications, survey, and vision.

    * Rational Information Agents for Electronic Commerce

             Models of economic rationality and trust for e-commerce.
             Privacy of communication, security, and jurisdiction for
             agent-mediated trading.

    * Intelligent Interfaces for Information Agents

             Life-like characters and avatars.
             Information agents for digital cities.
             Advanced, personalized 3-d visualizations of information spaces.

    * Adaptive Information Agents

             Adaptive information retrieval.
             Advanced user-profiling for collaborative information agents.
             Self-organizing information agents.
             Reasoning on uncertain and vague information
             by resource-bounded information agents.


    The proceedings of the CIA workshop series are published as volumes in the
    Springer series of Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence
    (CIA-97: LNAI 1202, CIA-98: LNAI 1435, CIA-99: LNAI 1652,
     CIA-2000: LNAI 1860, CIA-2001: 2182).
    The proceedings of the workshop will be available at the workshop.

    Preparation & Submission of Papers

    The length of each paper should not exceed 15 pages.
    All papers must be written in English. Submissions will be reviewed
    for quality, correctness, originality and relevance.
    Papers accepted or under review by other conferences, workshops,
    or journals are not acceptable.
    Papers not conforming to the above requirements may be rejected
    without review.

    For preparation of camera-ready papers to be submitted please follow the
    instructions for authors available at the Springer LNCS Web page:

    For those not using the Springer LNCS style files: The paper must be formatted
    in A4 size using 10 point Times. (If Times is not available,
    please use one of the similar fonts widely used in phototypesetting.)
    Printing area should be 12.2 x 19.3 cm, and the interline distance should
    be arranged in such a way that some 42 to 45 lines occur on a full-text page.

    Each submission includes the full paper (title, authors, abstract, text)
    either in postscript or PDF format.
    Please use A4 size when creating the postscript/pdf version of your paper.

    You may submit your paper either via Electronic or Postal Mail.

    * Submission by E-Mail:
      Please send your contribution as compressed (zipped) file

    * Submission by Postal Mail:
      Please send 3 hard copies (untacked pages) of your contribution to the
      following address:

      Dr. Matthias Klusch
      DFKI GmbH
      Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
      66123 Saarbruecken


    General Chair

         Matthias Klusch (DFKI GmbH, Germany)


         Sascha Ossowski (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
         Onn Shehory (IBM Research Center Haifa, Israel)

    Programme Committee

         Wolfgang Benn (TU Chemnitz, Germany)
         Federico Bergenti (University of Parma, Italy)
         Sonia Bergamaschi (Universita of Modena, Italy)
         Cristiano Castelfranchi (NRC Rome, Italy)
         Brahim Chaib-draa (Laval University, Canada)
         Rose Dieng (INRIA, France)
         Frank Dignum (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
         Tim Finin (University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA)
         Mike Huhns (University of South Carolina, USA)
         Toru Ishida (University of Kyoto, Japan)
         Catholijn Jonker (Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
         Yasuhiko Kitamura (Osaka City University, Japan)
         Sarit Kraus (University of Maryland, USA)
         Daniel Kudenko (University of York, UK)
         Victor Lesser (University of Massachusetts, USA)
         Mike Luck (University of Southampton, UK)
         Pablo Noriega (CSIC, Spain)
         Werner Nutt (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK)
         Eugenio Oliveira (University of Porto, Portugal)
         Lin Padgham (RMIT, Australia)
         Ana Paiva (TU Lisbon, Portugal)
         Michal Pechoucek (TU Prague, Czech Republic)
         Paolo Petta (Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria)
         Alun Preece (University of Aberdeen, UK)
         Omer F. Rana (University of Wales, UK)
         Ulrich Reimer (Swiss Life AG, Switzerland)
         Volker Roth (Fraunhofer IGD, Germany)
         Heiko Schuldt (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
         Sandip Sen (University of Tulsa, USA)
         Amit Sheth (University of Georgia, USA)
         Carles Sierra (CSIC AI Research Lab, Spain)
         Munindar Singh (North Carolina State University, USA)
         Von-Wun Soo (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
         Robert Tolksdorf (TU Berlin, Germany)
         Steven Willmott (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)
         Mike Wooldridge (University of Liverpool, UK)
         Makoto Yokoo (NTT Communication Science Lab, Japan)
         Franco Zambonelli (University of Modena, Italy)
         Ning Zhong (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)


    For more information about the workshop please contact:

    Matthias Klusch
     DFKI German AI Research Center Ltd.
     Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
     66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
     Phone: +49-681-302-5297
     Fax: +49-681-302-2235

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