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PA EXPO 2000

PA EXPO 2000 will be held from the 10th-14th April 2000
at the Crowne Plaza Midland Hotel, Manchester, UK. and will comprise of:

The Fifth International Conference and Exhibition on The Practical
Application of Intelligent Agents and Multi Agent Technology (PAAM 2000)
The Second International Conference and Exhibition on The Practical
Application of Constraint Technology and Logic Programming (PACLP 2000)
The Fourth International Conference and Exhibition on The Practical
Application of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PADD 2000)
The Third International Conference and Exhibition on The Practical
Application of Knowledge Management
(PAKeM 2000)
The Second International Conference and Exhibition on The Practical
Application of Java
(PA Java 2000)

The Practical Application of Intelligent Agents and Multi Agent Technology
(PAAM 2000)
Monday 10th - Wednesday 12th April 2000

Agent technology is one of the most important, exciting and fast moving
area's of IT which is now
making the transition from Universities and research labs into industrial
and commercial applications, such as computer games, information retrieval
and filtering and electronic commerce (such as shopping agents at Excite
and Yahoo).

The aim of PAAM 2000 is to bring together researchers and developers to
demonstrate how agent technology is creating new opportunities for business
and industry by focusing on the major issues and showcasing the latest

Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:

Personal agents for:

Finding & retrieving information / WWW
Scheduling/diary management
Mobility management

Business/service agents for:

Workflow management
Network Management and control
Buying & selling services
Information Management, Retrieval & Understanding
Information Customisation
WWW and Internet
Price Discovery
Information Arbitrage
Manufacturing Planning & Control

Tools and Techniques for:

Process Control
Traffic Control
Process Re-engineering
Knowledge Management
Languages for developing agent systems
Coordination standards
Standards for information transfer
Identity Management
Monetary Instrument Standards
Design methodologies for agent-based systems

Also of interest are survey papers which indicate the future direction this
important technology will take.

PAAM 2000 Programme Committee
Chaired by Jeffrey Bradshaw, Boeing, USA, the PAAM 2000 Programme
Committee comprises a number of highly influential figures who are
recognised experts in the field of agent technology. The members are drawn
from industry leaders and first class universities and research

Joern Altmann University of California, Berkeley, USA
Geoff Arnold Sun Microsystems Laboratories, USA
Bernhard Bauer Siemens AG, Germany
Stephan Brunessaux MATRA Systemes & Information, France
Birgit Burmeister DaimlerChrysler, Germany
Paolo Ciancarini University of Bologna, Italy
Barry Crabtree BT Laboratories, UK
Innes Ferguson Active On-line Systems Ltd., UK
Tim Finin University of Maryland, USA
Klaus Fischer DFKI, Germany
Benjamin Grosof IBM, USA
Fumio Hattori NTT, Japan
Paul Kearney BT Laboratories, UK
Matthias Klusch Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Kasuhiro Kuwabara NTT, Japan
Yannis Labrou University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
Danny Lange General Magic, USA
Victor Lesser University of Massachusetts, USA
Joerg Mueller John Wiley & Sons Ltd, UK
Katashi Nagao Sony Computer Science Lab. Inc., Japan
Remo Pareschi Telecom Italia, Italy
Tony Rutkowski General Magic, USA
Leon Sterling University of Melbourne, Australia
Hiroyuki Tarumi Kyoto University, Japan
Jan Treur Vrije Univ. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dr.H.Van Dyke Parunak Industrial Technology Institute, USA
Jose M Vidal University of South Carolina, USA
Peter Wayner Newray Inc, USA
Michael Wooldridge Queen Mary & Westfield College, UK

The Practical Application of Constraint Technology and Logic Programming
(PACLP 2000)
Monday 10th - Wednesday 12th April 2000

Building on the success of PACLP99, held in London, UK, PACLP 2000 will
showcase innovative business solutions that Constraint technologies and
Logic Programming can provide in key industrial and commercial areas
such as Planning, Scheduling, Transportation, Distribution, The
Intelligent Internet and Expert Systems.

Of particular interest are papers that describe the general use of
Constraint technologies and Logic Programming, rather than the
traditional close up description of one application. For instance, this
could be a survey on the specific usage of a technology in a business
area or demographic part of the world.

Also included are streams to demonstrate and expand the practicality and
effectiveness of recent lines of research such as integration of
multiple solvers, generic problem modelling and tackling of ill-defined
real-world constraint problems. The integration of solvers from
different paradigms, such as constraint programming, mathematical
programming, Operational Research techniques and stochastic techniques
(Tabu Search, Genetic Algorithms, Simulated Annealing) is emerging as a
practical means to tackle large scale combinatorial optimization
problems effectively. Also most real-world problems are ill-defined in
nature. Their solving is not just about computing an optimal solution
but building an incremental and interactive decision support tool that
identifies and resolves the ill-defined components. Practical and
effective solutions that illustrate the hybridization of techniques, the
modelling and handling of uncertainty in real-world constraint problems
are most welcome.

Suggested topics include:
Survey with respect to an application area
Evaluation and comparison of approaches
Solutions using multiple solving techniques
Hybrid solver configurations
Modelling and solving of ill-defined applications

PACLP 2000 Programme Committee
Chaired by Carmen Gervet, IC-Parc, UK, the PACLP 2000 Programme Committee
comprises a number of highly influential figures who are recognised experts
in the field of Constraint teshnology and Logic Programming. The members
are drawn from industry leaders and first class universities and research

Syed Sibte Raza Abidi USM, Malaysia
Kent Andersson Uppsala University, Sweden
Pedro Barahona New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Oskar Bartenstein IF Computer, Japan
Andre Chamard Dassault Aviation, France
Andrew Davison Prince of Songkhla Univ., Thailand
Pierre Deransart INRIA, France
Anne-Francoise Douix PrologIA, France
Robin Drogemuller CSIRO, Australia
Tim Duncan Harlequin Ltd, UK
Jacob Feldman IntelEngine, USA
Eugene C. Freuder University of New Hampshire, USA
Markus Fromherz Xerox PARC, USA
Gopal Gupta New Mexico State University, USA
Kazuyoshi Honda Tokyo Gas Company, Japan
Baudouin Le Charlier F.U.N.D.P., Belgium
Jonathan Lever IC-Parc,UK
James Little Brunel University, UK
Micha Meier ECRC, Germany
Paola Mello University of Ferrara, Italy
Dennis Merritt Amzi! inc, USA
Chris Moss Imperial College, UK
Donald Nute University of Georgia, USA
David Pearce DFKI, Germany
Mike Pegman Vine Solutions, UK
Luis Moniz Pereira New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Francesca Rossi University of Padova, Italy
Brian Steel LPA, UK
Peter Stuckey University of Melbourne, Australia
Peter Szeredi IQSOFT, Hungary
Osamu Takata Toyota Central R&D Labs., Japan
Masanobu Umeda Kyushu Inst. of Technology, Japan
Jan Van Der Vorst NedCar, The Netherlands
Pascal Van Hentenryck Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Andrew Verden IF Computer, Germany
Mark Wallace IC-Parc, UK
David RR Webber XML/Institute, USA

The Practical Application of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PADD 2000)
Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th April 2000

KDD technology is now recognised as an essential business intelligence tool
for discovering the information needed to improve a company's market

Following PADD97, 98 and 99, held in London, UK, PADD 2000 aims to build
on the success of bringing together international KDD professionals in an
ideal forum for participants to network and share ideas.

Submissions can be on virtually any area or issue related to Knowledge
Discovery and Data Mining. Areas of interest include (but are not
restricted to):

Health Care
Internet Based Mining
Customer Retention
Fraud Detection
Process Engineering/Industrial Control

In recognition of the applied nature of PADD, the conference will once
again address business issues in Data Mining. Papers are therefore
requested on Best Practices for Data Mining:

Managing Data Mining Projects
Cost Benefit Analysis
Project Success Factors
Risk Management
Achieving High Level Sponsorship
Knowledge Management
Integrating OLAP Solutions
Reasons for failure of Data Mining Projects
Experience and Lessons

Especially of interest are papers that investigate the interface between
Knowledge Management, KDD and OLAP.

For further guidance please find below a by no means exhaustive list of the
underlying technologies identified by the organisers.

Rule Induction, Classification, Clustering, Inductive Logic Programming,
Pattern Recognition, Predictive Modelling, Neural Networks, Client/Server
Systems, Intelligent Agents, Knowledge Acquisition, Visualisation,
Dependency Detection, Uncertainty Handling, Sequence Processing,
Regression Methods for Prediction, Database issues in Data Mining, Fuzzy
Logic Approaches to Data Mining

PADD 2000 Programme Committee

Chaired by Neil Mackin, Whitecross Systems Ltd, UK, the PADD 2000 Programme
Committee comprises a number of highly influential figures who are
recognised experts in the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.
The members are drawn from industry leaders and first class universities
and research organisations.

Chid Apte IBM, USA
Howard F. Arner Jr. ADS, USA
Hendrick Blockeel University of Leuven, Belgium
Max Bramer University of Portsmouth, UK
Alex Freitas PUC-PR, Brazil
Ramon Lopez de Mantaras IIIA, Spain
Usama Fayyad Microsoft Research, USA
Warwick Graco Health Insurance Commission, Australia
Yves Kodratoff LRI, France
Nada Lavrac Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Sally McClean University of Ulster, UK
Trevor Martin University of Bristol, UK
Abraham Meidan WizSoft, Israel
Paul Munteanu Parc Universitaire Laval-Change,
Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro Knowledge Stream Partners, USA
Huw Roberts BT Laboratories, UK
Colin Shearer ISL, UK
Lisa Sokol MRJ Technology Solutions, USA
Paul Stolorz Jet Propulsion Lab, USA
Ramasamy Uthurusamy General Motors, USA
Phil Vasey LPA, UK
Ruediger Wirth DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany
Stefan Wrobel GMD, Germany
Xindong Wu Monash University, Australia

The Practical Application of Knowledge Management (PAKeM 2000)
Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th April 2000

Today we are witnessing a fundamental shift in global markets which will
change the nature of work and of the workforce itself. In knowledge
intensive economies
the most valuable assets are creativity, communication and innovation. The most
successful organisations in this market will be those which excel at
generating and disseminating knowledge and exploiting it commercially.

The aim of this conference is to bring together developers and users from
commerce, industry and academia to examine and discuss the organisational and
technical issues and case studies related to the above.

Submissions can be on virtually any area or issue related to Knowledge
Management. Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to):

- Case studies, practical benefits for KM Programmes
- Tools, frameworks and methods for KM Programmes
- Business intelligence solutions for KM
- Intranet and internet solutions for KM
- Document management solutions for KM
- Knowledge media for KM
- Content management solutions for KM
- Changing organisation culture to benefit from KM
- New roles for the knowledge enabled enterprise
- Organisational learning
- Communities of practice and KM

PAKeM 2000 Programme Committee

ChaChaired by John Domingue, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University,
UK, the PAKeM 2000 Programme Committee comprises a number of highly
influential figures who are recognised experts in the field of Knowledge
Management. The members are drawn from industry leaders and first class
universities and research organisations.

Syed Sibte Raza Abidi USM, Malaysia
Verna Allee Integral Performance Group, USA
Walter Baets Nijenrode University, The Netherlands
Jean-Paul Barthes University of Technology Compiegne, France
Ansgar Bernardi DFKI GmbH, Germany
Simon Buckingham Shum The Open University, UK
David Coleman Collaborative Strategies, USA
John Debenham University of Technology, Sydney,
Stefan Decker University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Rose Dieng INRIA, France
Jean-Louis Ermine CEA Centre de Saclay, France
Jerome Euzenat INRIA, France
Philip Grant University of Wales Swansea,UK
Knut Hinkelmann DFKI GmbH, Germany
Gerald Kristen KISS, The Netherlands
Eunika Mercier-Laurent EML Conseil, France
Enrico Motta The Open University, UK
Paul Mulholland The Open University, UK
Camille Rosenthal-Sabroux Universit Paris-Dauphine, France
Jos Schreinemakers Faculteit Bedrijfskunde EUR, The Netherlands
Tamara Sumner University of Colorado, USA
Zdenek Zdrahal The Open University, UK

The Practical Application of Java (PA Java 2000)
Wednesday 12th-Friday 14th April 2000

Java has become the most exciting development in the later part of
the1990s. Launched as an alternative programming language to C++/C, Java
has now matured beyond a programming language, into Java as a system. The
reduced complexity offered to developers, support for object orientation
and a range of APIs, such as networking, security, database integration,
user interfaces and others, makes Java a good candidate for developing
applications in various domains, ranging from E-Commerce, network
management, scientific computing and education.

The objective of this conference is to bring together developers,
practitioners and researchers involved in Java based application
development, or in overcoming deficiencies in the language -- such as
execution performance, support for specialised data structures,
repeatability of numerical precision and support for real time and embedded


Papers are invited in the use of Java, including but not restricted to the
following domains:

Experience reports from curriculum developers using Java as the
core programming langauge.Also, Java based applications that support
teaching and
learning, such as collaborative environments and multimedia courseware

such as large scale data mining, data warehousing, product
brokering and the use of Java in trading systems

applications in Engineering, PhysicalSciences, BioInformatics and
related areas

component models and application development environments

JVM support on various platforms


CASE tools, development environments and code generators, support
for software testing and maintainability

- GRAPHICS: Java 3D and visualisation environments

- BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE: monitoring and instrumentation



-Language based Persistence Support

- Performance Improvements : JIT compilers, dynamic compilation,
improvements in RMI

-Memory Management: improved garbage collection

-Support for Specialised Data Structures

-Numeric Repeatability on Specialised Co-Processors

-Transaction Management with Jini

-Security Issues and Policies

-Support for Mobility and Thread Migration

-Support for Legacy Codes

PA Java 2000 Programme Committee

Chaired by Omer F Rana, University of Wales-Cardiff, UK, this programme
committee is drawn from industry leaders and first class universities and
research organisations.

Philippe d'Anfray ONERA, France
Mike Ashworth Daresbury Laboratory, UK
Mark Baker Portsmouth University, UK
Zoran Bidimlic Rice University, USA
Wolfgang Gentzsch GENIAS, Germany
Vladimir Getov University of Westminster, UK
Art Gittleman California State Univerity Long Beach, USA
Simon Greatrix BT Laboratories, UK
Alex Hayzelden Queen Mary and Westfield College, UK
Suresh Jagannathan NEC Research, USA
Jawad Khan Systems Limited, Pakistan
Reinhard Klemm Bell Laboratories, USA
Cristina Lopes Xerox PARC, USA
Dennis Merritt Amzi! Inc, USA
Dana Moore AT&T Research, USA
Simon Moores The Research Group, UK
Jose Moreira IBM , USA
Peter Parnes CDT, Sweden
Jean-Christope Pazaglia MediaTech, Italy
Giacomo Piccinelli Hewlett Packard, UK
Tony Printezis University of Glasgow, UK
Anne E Trefethen NAG Ltd, UK
George Thiruvathukal Layola University, USA
Andrew Verden IF Computer, Germany
David Walker University of Wales, Cardiff, UK
Martin Westhead EPCC, Edingburgh, UK
David Wong Mitsubishi ITA Cambridge
Siamak Zadeh Sun Microsystems, Palo Alto, USA


Paper submissions will be refereed by the Programme Committee. Papers can
be of any length, up to a maximum of 20 pages. Accepted papers will have
30 minutes to present the paper at the Conference.

Also accepted are industrial reports. This type of submission is intended
for professionals, who have little time to write a full paper, but who
nevertheless would like the opportunity to present the benefits of their
application at the Conference. Reports describing your application should
be no more than 6 pages long.
Industrial reports will receive a fast track review.

These are guidelines only, but please try to address as many of the points
below as possible.

Describe the Application

* Describe the problem or business issue that is addressed
* State clearly what the system does, how it is designed and how it
* What are the objectives?
* How large is the application (lines of code, number of person years

Methods and Approach Taken

* Discuss the approach and the reasons for choosing it
* What innovative methods are used to solve the problems being addressed?


* Describe your results in as much detail as possible, so that other
developers could experiment
with the approach described.
* Are the methods used successful and did they measure up to the
stated objectives?
* Did the methods used provide any new insights?
* Provide a summary of feedback from users
* If the application is experimental, evidence should be provided,
preferably using a real-life problem
* How is the system currently maintained?
* Is there a Cost-Benefit analysis to back up the success of the work?

You may also like to consider the following

* Is there a web site where readers can get more information?
* Is there a version that can be presented to an audience?
* Are there any related articles that have been published in
* What are the future plans for the work (extensions, deployment

Papers and Industrial Reports will be published in the proceedings but note
that there will be a clear indication as to the type of submission.

In some cases revisions to submissions will be asked for by the programme
committee. Authors are responsible for making the required revisions and
submitting the final or revised version of the paper by the due date for
the final version. Papers not meeting the revision requirements will
not be included in the Proceedings.

Papers from non English speakers are strongly encouraged, however we
would ask that your paper is proof read by a native English speaker, if
possible, before submission.


Submissions need to meet the conference objectives and achieve a balance
between application and theory. With this in mind we have produced
guidelines to help you achieve this. Please visit our site for further



Submission Deadline: December 6th, 1999
Report Deadline: December 16th, 1999
Notification/Comments: January 10th, 2000
Final Papers due: February 21st, 2000

You should send FIVE copies of your paper, in English, to the conference
organisers at the address below.

Formatting guidelines and a word RTF template can be found at

Please also submit an electronic version of your paper as a PDF file or
Word document. The email address for this is: (relevant Conference)

Please include a cover page including:
1.Full Contact Details
2.A Short Abstract

**Important Note**
Please use the following address when sending your papers to us. Indicating
the Relevant Conference to:

54 Knowle Avenue
Lancs FY2 9UD


The conference also provides an opportunity for software vendors and
developers to demonstrate Java systems. You are invited to contact the
organiser to arrange for your application to be exhibited at the event.


PA EXPO 2000 will be held in Manchester at the Crowne Plaza Midland Hotel
Which is located in the heart of Manchester, and has been first
choice for top companies wishing to hold their most prestigious events in
the very best venue Manchester has to offer, from the days when the Hon.
Charles Stewart Rolls met Fredrick Henry Royce leading to the formation of
Rolls Royce ltd.

The Business Centre located on the ground floor offers a full range of
services to delegates during the working day and also offers a 24hr fax

Manchester is the commercial, financial, educational and cultural capital
of the UK's largest economic region outside London. The city's standing as
a major European educational centre has created a high concentration of
technological expertise, making it an ideal place to do business.

Manchester Airport is used by 95 airlines and serves 175 destinations worldwide.


The Conference and Exhibition are organised by The Practical Application
Company Ltd.

Contact Details

Allison Roth / Anne Marie Purcell

Telephone 44 (0) 1253 358081
Fax 44 (0) 1253 353811

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