UAI '99 Call for Papers

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** U A I 99 **



July 30-August 1, 1999


Location TBA (near the site of AAAI-99)


Please visit the UAI-99 WWW page at =20

=46or the first time, the Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial
Intelligence will be held outside the United States. The conference
will occur immediately prior to IJCAI 99 and in close proximity to the
IJCAI-99 conference site.

* * *


Uncertainty management is a key enabling technology for the development
of intelligent systems. Since 1985, the Conference on Uncertainty in
Artificial Intelligence (UAI) has been the primary international forum=20
for exchanging results on the use of principled uncertain-reasoning
methods in intelligent systems. The conference has catalyzed advances
in fundamental theory, efficient algorithms, and practical
applications. Theory and technology first presented at UAI have been
proven by wide application in the broad community, and by the success
of the systems in which the technology has been embedded. The UAI
Proceedings have become a basic reference for researches and
practitioners who want to know about both theoretical advances and the
latest applied developments in the field.

The scope of UAI covers a broad spectrum of approaches to automated
reasoning and decision making under uncertainty. Contributions to the
proceedings address topics that advance theoretical principles or
provide insights through empirical study of applications. Interests
include quantitative and qualitative approaches, and traditional as
well as non-classical paradigms of uncertain reasoning. Applications of
automated uncertain reasoning span a broad spectrum of tasks and
domains, including systems that make autonomous decisions and those
designed to support human decision making through interactive use.

We encourage submissions of papers for UAI '99 that report on advances
in the core areas of representation, inference, learning, and knowledge
acquisition, as well as on insights derived from building or using
applications of uncertain reasoning.

We encourage the submission of papers proposing new methodologies and
tools for model construction, representation, learning, inference and
experimental validation. Innovative ways to increase the expressive
power and the applicability spectrum of existing methods are
encouraged. Papers are welcome that present new applications of
uncertain reasoning and stress the methodological aspects of their
construction and use. Highlighting difficulties in existing procedures
and pointing at the necessary advances in foundations and algorithms is
considered an important role of presentations of applied research.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

>> Foundations

* Conceptual relationships among different uncertainty calculi

* Higher order uncertainty and confidence in models

* Representation of uncertainty and preference

* Revision of belief and combination of information from multiple

* Semantics of belief

* Theoretical foundations of uncertain belief and decision

* Uncertainty and models of causality

>> Principles and Methods

* Advances in diagnosis, troubleshooting, and test selection

* Algorithms for reasoning and decision under uncertainty

* Automated construction of inference and decision models =20

* Combination of models from different sources

* Computation and action under limited resources

* Control of computational processes under uncertainty

* Data structures for representation and inference

* Decision making under uncertainty

* Enhancing the human-computer interface with uncertain reasoning

* Explanation of results of uncertain reasoning

* Formal languages to represent uncertain information

* Hybridization of methodologies and techniques

* Integration of logic with uncertainty calculi

* Markov decision processes

* Methods based on probability, possibility and fuzzy logic,=20

belief functions, rough sets, and other formalisms

* Multiple agent reasoning

* Planning under uncertainty

* Qualitative methods and models

* Reasoning at different levels of abstraction

* Statistical methods for automated uncertain reasoning

* Temporal reasoning

* The representation and discovery of causal relationships

* Time-critical decisions

* Time-dependent utility

* Uncertain reasoning and information retrieval

* Uncertainty and methods for learning and data mining

>> Empirical Study and Applications

* Comparison of representation and inferential adequacy of different

* Empirical validation of methods for planning, learning, and

* Experience with knowledge-acquisition methods

* Experimental studies of inference strategies

* Methodologies for problem modeling

* Nature and performance of architectures for real-time reasoning

* Uncertain reasoning in embedded, situated systems (e.g., softbots)

=46or papers focused on applications in specific domains, we suggest

that the following issues be addressed in the submission:

- - Why was it necessary to represent uncertainty in your domain?

- - What are the distinguishing properties of the domain and problem?

- - What kind of uncertainties does your application address?

- - Why did you decide to use your particular uncertainty formalism?

- - Which practical procedure did you follow to build the application?

- - What theoretical problems, if any, did you encounter?

- - What practical problems did you encounter?

- - Did users/clients of your system find the results useful?

- - Did your system lead to improvements in decision making?

- - What approaches were effective (ineffective) in your domain?

- - What methods were used to validate the effectiveness of the




Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously
unpublished work. Papers should not be under review for presentation in
any other conference. However, an extended version of the paper may be
under review for publication in a scientific journal. Submitted papers
will be carefully evaluated on the basis of originality, significance,
technical soundness, and clarity of exposition. Papers may be accepted
for presentation in plenary or poster sessions. All accepted papers
will be included in the Proceedings of the Fifteenth Conference on
Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, published by Morgan Kaufmann

An outstanding student paper will be selected for special distinction.
To be considered for the outstanding student paper award, the student
must be first author, and the student's advisor must certify enrollment
in an academic degree program during the 1998/99 academic year.=20
Instructions for certifying student status are available at

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit papers in the proceedings
format. Format information is available at Submitted papers must be no
more than ten pages in proceedings format, (about 7000 words).=20
Accepted papers will be limited to 8 pages with 2 additional pages for
a fee.

We strongly encourage the electronic submission of papers. To submit a
paper electronically, send an electronic version of the paper
(Postscript format) to the following address:

The subject line of this message should be: $.ps, where $ is an
identifier created from the last name of the first author, followed by
the first initial of the author's first name. Multiple submissions by
the same first author should be indicated by adding a number (e.g., to the end of the identifier.

Additionally, the paper abstract and data should be sent by using the
electronic form at the following address:

Authors unable to submit papers electronically should send 5 copies of
the complete paper to one of the Program Chairs at the addresses listed

Authors unable to use the electronic form to submit the abstract should
provide the following information (by sending a message to the e-mail
address above):

* Paper title (plain text)

* Author names, including student status (plain text)

* Surface mail address, e-mail address, and voice phone number

for a contact author (plain text)

* A short abstract including keywords (plain text)

* Primary and secondary classification indices selected from=20

conference topics listed above.

* Indicate the preferred type of presentation: poster or plenary


Important Dates


** All submissions must be received by: Sunday, February 21, 1999

** Notification of acceptance on or before: Monday, April 12, 1999

** Camera-ready copy due: Friday, May 7, 1999

** Conference dates: Friday-Sunday, July 30 - August 1, 1999

** Full day course on Uncertain Reasoning: Thursday, July 29, 1999


Conference E-mail Address


Please send all inquiries (submissions and conference organization) to
the following e-mail address:


Program Co-chairs:

Kathryn Blackmond Laskey

Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research

George Mason University

=46airfax, VA 22030-4444


Phone: (703) 993-1644

=46ax: (703) 993-1706


Henri Prade


Universit=E9 Paul Sabatier

118 route de Narbonne

31062 Toulouse Cedex 4


Phone: (33) 561 55 6579

=46ax : (33) 561 55 6239



General Conference Chair:

Gregory F. Cooper

Center for Biomedical Informatics

University of Pittsburgh

Suite 8084 Forbes Tower

200 Lothrop Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582


Phone: (412) 647-7113

=46ax: (412) 647-7190



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