LINGUIST List 12.584

Fri Mar 2 2001

Calls: Intelligent Agent Technology, Sharing Tools

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  1. iat01, Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology: IAT-2001
  2. Priscilla Rasmussen, Sharing Tools and Resources (ACL-2001)

Message 1: Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology: IAT-2001

Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 22:28:55 +0900
From: iat01 <>
Subject: Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology: IAT-2001

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The Second Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology 

 Maebashi Institute of Technology
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 Maebashi TERRSA, Maebashi City, Japan 
 October 23-26, 2001
 Home Page:
 Mirror Page:

 Paper Submission Deadline: March 20, 2001 

 Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI)
 Maebashi Convention Bureau
 Maebashi City Government
 Gunma Prefecture Government
 The Japan Research Institute, Limited
 US AFOSR/AOARD and US Army Research Office in Far East

 IAT-2001 will be jointly held with 
 The First Asia-Pacific Conference on 
 Web Intelligence (WI-2001)
 (One registration may attend both IAT-2001 and WI-2001) 

 IAT-2001 and WI-2001 Joint Keynote Speakers:
 Benjamin Wah (2001 IEEE CS President), U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 Edward A. Feigenbaum (Turing Award Winner), Stanford University 

 IAT-2001 Invited Speakers:
 Toyoaki Nishida (University of Tokyo, Japan)
 Zbigniew W. Ras (University of North Carolina, USA)
 Andrzej Skowron (Warsaw University, Poland)
 Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) 

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT) is a
high-quality, high-impact biennial agent conference series. The second
meeting in this conference series follows the success of IAT'99 held
in Hong Kong in 1999 ( IAT-2001
will primarily focus on

(1) the state-of-the-art in the development of intelligent agents and 
(2) the theoretical and computational foundations of intelligent agent 

The aim of IAT-2001 is to bring together researchers and practitioners
from diverse fields, such as computer science, information technology,
business, education, human factors, systems engineering, and robotics

(1) examine the design principles and performance characteristics of 
 various approaches in intelligent agent technology, and 
(2) increase the cross-fertilization of ideas on the development of 
 autonomous agents and multiagent systems among different domains. 

By encouraging idea-sharing and discussions on the underlying logical,
cognitive, physical, and biological foundations as well as the
enabling technologies of intelligent agents, IAT-2001 is expected to
stimulate the future development of new models, new methodologies, and
new tools for building a variety of embodiments of agent-based

The technical issues to be addressed include, but not limited to:

* Applications: 
 - data and knowledge intensive domains (e.g., large databases, 
 Internet, digital libraries, distributed decision making, financial 
 modeling and engineering, business information systems and process 
 - software and interface agents (e.g., personal assistant, translator,
 scheduler, information filter, tutor)
 - computational intelligence (e.g., pattern analysis and recognition, 
 imaging, optimization, resource allocation, constraint satisfaction, 
 - agents in e-commerce and e-business
 - autonomous agents in science and engineering 
 (e.g. aerospace, survey of the seabed and space)
 - physically embodied systems (e.g., autonomous robots and groups)
 - very-large, complex, integrated intelligent systems

* Computational Architecture and Infrastructure:
 - computational architectures
 - ontology models
 - agent-level and multi-agent-level infrastructure
 - communication languages
 - multi-modal systems and interfaces
 - protocols
 - tools and standards
 - heterogeneity and interoperability
 - scalability

* Learning and Adaptation: 
 - soft-computing in multi-agent systems 
 - uncertainty management in multi-agent systems
 - integrated exploration and exploitation
 - long-term reliability
 - neural networks
 - artificial life
 - behavioral selection
 - coordinating perception, thought, and action
 - behavioral self-organization
 - believable lifelike quality
 - classifier systems 
 - evolution and learning in dynamic environments
 - adaptation and self-adaptation
 - emergent behavior
 - evolutionary computation

* Data and Knowledge Engineering/Communication:
 - information filtering
 - data mining
 - heterogeneous data integration and management
 - human-agent interaction
 - knowledge discovery
 - knowledge sharing
 - knowledge aggregation 
 - reasoning and planning
 - adaptation and evolution of knowledge networks
 - distributed knowledge systems

* Distributed Intelligence: 
 - dynamics of groups and populations
 - swarms
 - population evolution
 - coevolution
 - collective group behavior
 - coordination and cooperation
 - distributed intelligence
 - social integration
 - market-based computing

* Formal Theories of Agents: 
 - formal/computational modeling
 - chaotic and fractal dynamics
 - computational complexity
 - efficiency in distributed systems
 - taxonomy of agent environments
 - classification and characterization of complex behaviors
 - theories of perception, rationality, intention, emotion, 
 coordination, action, and social behaviors

High quality full-length papers in all IAT related areas are
solicited. Papers exploring new directions are most welcome and will
receive a careful and supportive review. All submitted papers will be
reviewed on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance,
and clarity. Electronic submission is encouraged and preferred.
Please send LaTex (MS-Words, or PDF) and PostScript versions of your
paper, and an ASCII version of the cover page (in separate email), by
March 20, 2001 to:

Or use the Submission Form at the IAT-2001 webpage:
to submit your paper.

Four (4) hardcopies of the paper by regular mail are also requested 
if electronic submission is not possible.
Please send hardcopies of your paper by March 20, 2001 to:

	Prof. Ning Zhong (IAT-2001) 
	Department of Information Engineering 
	Maebashi Institute of Technology 
	460-1, Kamisadori-Cho, Maebashi-City, 371-0816

	TEL&FAX: +81-27-265-7366 

The ASCII version of a cover page must include author(s) full address,
email, paper title and a 200 word abstract, and up to 5 keywords.

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by
World Scientific, An International Publisher, as a hardcover book. A
selected number of IAT-2001 accepted papers will be expanded and
revised for inclusion in ``Knowledge and Information Systems: An
International Journal'' by Springer-Verlag and in "International
Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence" by World

IAT best paper award will be conferred on the author(s) of the best
papers at the conference.

All manuscripts (upto about 10 pages long) must be formatted using the
World Scientific's style files for proceedings. The style files can be
found at:
- use the style files appropriate to a trim size of 8.5"x6".

IAT-2001 also welcomes submissions of research projects, research
prototypes, experimental systems, and commercial products
for demonstrations at the conference. Each submission should include a
title page containing a title, a 200-300 word abstract, a list of
keywords, the names, mailing addresses, and Email addresses of the
presenters, and a two-page description of the demo system. Submissions
should reach the IAT-2001 Demo Chair:

 Dr. Jianchang Mao (IAT-2001)
 Verity Inc.
 894 Ross Drive 
 Sunnyvale CA 94089, USA


by July 2, 2001

Authors of accepted IAT-2001 papers will be invited to demonstrate
their systems at the conference.

It is understood that once a submission is selected for demonstration 
at the conference, the presenter(s) of the demo will be responsible for 
bringing necessary software/hardware equipment.

 March 20, 2001 Paper submission deadline 
 May 28, 2001 Notification of paper acceptance mailed 
 June 20, 2001 Camera-ready copies of accepted papers due 
 July 2, 2001 Demo submission deadline 
 August 3, 2001 Notification of demo acceptance mailed 
October 23-26, 2001 Conference technical sessions


IAT-2001 Conference Organizing Committee
General Chairs: 
Setsuo Ohsuga, Waseda University, Japan
Jeffrey Bradshaw, University of West Florida, USA

Program Chairs:
Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong 

Demos and Exhibits Chair:
Jianchang Mao, Verity Inc., USA

Local Organizing Chair:
Nobuo Otani, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan

International Advisory Board:
Jeffrey Bradshaw, University of West Florida, USA
Michele L. D. Gaudreault, US Asian Office of Aerospace R&D
Daniel T. Ling, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong 
Jianchang Mao, Verity Inc., USA
Hiroshi Motoda, Osaka University, Japan 
Setsuo Ohsuga, Waseda University, Japan
Patrick S. P. Wang, Northeastern University, USA
Yiyu Yao, University of Regina, Canada
Jie Yang, University of Science and Technology of China
Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Jan Zytkow, University of North Carolina, USA
Program Committee: 
K. Suzanne Barber (U. Texas at Austin, USA)
Guy Boy (EURISCO, France)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (Italian National Research Council)
Kerstin Dautenhahn (U. Hertfordshire, UK)
Edmund H. Durfee (U. Michigan, USA)
E.A. Edmonds (Loughborough U., UK)
Tim Finin (U. Maryland Baltimore County, USA)
Adam Maria Gadomski (ENEA, Italy)
Scott Goodwin (U. Regina, Canada) 
Vladimir Gorodetsky (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Mark Greaves (The Boeing Company, USA)
Barbara Hayes-Roth (Stanford U., USA)
Michael Huhns (U. South Carolina, USA)
Keniti Ida (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan) 
Toru Ishida (Kyoto U., Japan)
Lakhmi Jain (U. South Australia)
Stefan J. Johansson (U. Karlskrona, Sweden)
Qun Jin (U. Aizu, Japan)
Juntae Kim (Dongguk U., Korea)
David Kinny (U. Melbourne, Australia)
Matthias Klusch (German Research Center for AI)
Sarit Kraus (U. Maryland, USA)
Danny B. Lange (General Magic, Inc., USA)
Jimmy Ho Man Lee (Chinese U. Hong Kong)
Jiming Liu (Hong Kong Baptist U.) 
Mike Luck (U. Southampton, UK)
Helen Meng (Chinese U. Hong Kong)
Joerg Mueller (Siemens, Germany)
Hideyuki Nakashima (ETL, Japan)
Wee-Keong Ng (Nanyang Technological U., Singapore)
Katsumi Nitta (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Yoshikuni Onozato (Gunma U., Japan)
Tuncer Oren (Marmara Research Center, Turkey)
Ichiro Osawa (ETL, Japan)
Sun Park (Rutgers U., USA) 
Van Parunak (ERIM, USA)
Zbigniew W. Ras (U. North Carolina, USA)
Eugene Santos (U. Connecticut, USA)
Zhongzhi Shi (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Carles Sierra (Scientific Research Council, Spain)
Kwang M. Sim (Chinese U. Hong Kong)
Andrzej Skowron (Warsaw U., Poland)
Ron Sun (U. Missouri-Columbia, USA)
Niranjan Suri (U. West Florida, USA)
Takao Terano (U. Tsukuba, Japan)
Demetri Terzopoulos (U. Toronto, Canada)
Huaglory Tianfield (Cheltenham & Gloucester College of H. E., UK)
David Wolpert (NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
Jinglong Wu (Kagawa U., Japan)
Takahira Yamaguchi (Shizuoka U., Japan)
Kazumasa Yokota (Okayama Prefectural U., Japan)
Eric Yu (U. Toronto, Canada)
P.C. Yuen (Hong Kong Baptist U.)
Chengqi Zhang (Deakin U., Australia)
Ning Zhong (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)

Local Organizing Committee:
Masahiko Satori (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Tadaomi Miyazaki (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Nobuo Otani (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Sean M. Reedy (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Ning Zhong (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)
Yukio Kanazawa (Maebashi Convention Bureau, Japan)
Seiji Murai (Maebashi Convention Bureau, Japan)
Kanehisa Sekine (Maebashi Convention Bureau, Japan)
Midori Asaka (Information Technology Agency (IPA), Japan)
Yoshitsugu Kakemoto (Japan Research Institute, Limited, Japan)

The IAT-2001 and WI-2001 will take place in Maebashi City. Maebashi,
the capital of Gumma Prefecture, is called the `City of water,
greenery, and poetry'. Maebashi is an `International Convention City'
designated by the Ministry of Transportation.

Maebashi and the neighboring areas in Gunma is a land of greenery
blessed with the wonders of natural beauty and more than a hundred hot
springs offering relaxation and peace of mind. IAT-2001 and WI-2001
will organize a tour during the conference to a resort hotel with hot
spring in Ikaho that is one of the most famous hot springs areas in

Maebashi is positioned nearly in the center of the Japan Archipelago.
Only a hundred kilometers from Japan's capital city of Tokyo and
reachable in an hour by bullet train or high-speed expressway, a
variety of favorable land conditions lead to flourishing economic
activity. Maebashi City and the neighboring areas in Gunma are
expected to further develop into an IT conurbation with highly
advanced information technology.

Please send suggestions and inquiries regarding IAT-2001 to:

Prof. Ning Zhong (IAT-2001) 
Department of Information Engineering 
Maebashi Institute of Technology 
460-1, Kamisadori-Cho, Maebashi-City, 371-0816

TEL&FAX: +81-27-265-7366 
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Message 2: Sharing Tools and Resources (ACL-2001)

Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 14:01:31 EST
From: Priscilla Rasmussen <>
Subject: Sharing Tools and Resources (ACL-2001)


 ACL/EACL Workshop on
 Sharing Tools and Resources for Research and Education

 Co-organised by ELSNET
 Toulouse, Saturday 7th July 2001


 At a workshop at ACL 2000 in Hong Kong dedicated to Infrastructures
 for Global Collaboration there was an agreement between the main
 professional organisations in NLP and Speech (ACL and ISCA), and
 ELSNET, and the other meeting participants, that it would be useful to
 aim at a broadly supported, joint repository or catalogue for tools
 and materials for the language and speech communities.

 An ELSNET-sponsored workshop on educational issues held at EACL99
 concluded that certain non-transient infrastructures needed to be
 instigated to raise the public perception of educational issues in
 NLP. It also concluded that a repository of shared materials,
 appropriately indexed for educational usage, would be a useful point
 of departure.

 This workshop will build on the consensus reached at these previous
 workshops. There will be two clear foci: one upon instruments for
 sharing tools and resources in general that addresses practical
 problems, and the other upon the technological and infrastructural
 issues surrounding the educational uses of repositories.

 Good examples of existing initiatives in this area are among others
 the ACL Natural Language Software Registry (hosted at DFKI, which was set up as a repository for tools for the
 distinct fields of Human Language Techology (HLT), the ELRA/ELDA, LDC,
 TELRI and Elsnet resources catalogues and repositories
 (,,, OLAC (a worldwide network of 
 language archives at, and JEWELS
 (, an as-yet incomplete EU funded website for
 educational materials in Language and Speech.

 A third theme concerns how to build upon existing initiatives as
 sources of data or inspiration.


 The main goal of the workshop is to discuss methods for the
 improvement and extension of existing repositories; the educational
 uses of repositories; the closer interlinking between different kinds
 of repositories (tools and resources); global infrastructures for the
 achievement of joint actions. However, we expect the scope of the
 workshop to be much wider than that, as the issues addressed are of
 general interest to everybody who believes that sharing tools and
 resources is essential for the progress of research and education in
 our field.

 Contributions of papers and demonstrations are solicited that address
 the above themes. The following list of topics is suggestive rather
 than exhaustive:
 * Repositories versus catalogues
 * Mechanisms and infrastructures for sharing and describing content
 * Repository management
 * Standards for exchange, description, and annotation
 * Metadata descriptions
 * Quality assessment
 * Structure and content of an NLP/CL repository
 * Tools and materials for NLP/CL education
 * Web-based teaching methods for NLP/CL


 * Electronic submissions only (PostScript, Word, or PDF), following
 the appropriate ACL latex style or Microsoft Word style.
 Submissions should not exceed eight (8) pages, including
 references. You can download the appropriate style or template
 files using the following link: In case of
 problems with the submission format, please contact one of the
 * Submissions to either co-chair (Mike Rosner and Thierry Declerck).
 All submissions will be acknowledged.
 * Please provide a list of keywords in the separate header page and
 indicate the best fitting subtopic(s) from the above list.


 * Demos may be submitted with or without an accompanying paper.
 * Please write a 2-page description of the demo and send to either
 co-chair. Please let us know about special hardware requirements
 over and above the standard PC + beamer without internet access
 provided by default


 - Thierry Declerck (DFKI) Co-chair (Repository)
 - Mike Rosner (Malta) Co-chair (Education)
 - Steven Bird (U. Penn)
 - Bill Black (UMIST) (UMIST, Manchester, UK)
 - Gosse Bouma (University of Groningen)
 - Koenraad de Smedt (University of Bergen)
 - Claire Gardent (CNRS, Nancy)
 - Steven Krauwer (Utrecht University)
 - Donna Harman (NIST)
 - Julia Hirschberg (ATT, ISCA)
 - Jun'ichi Tsujii (Tokyo)
 - Andy Way (Dublin City University)
 - Antonio Zampolli (Univ. of Pisa)


 * Submission Deadline: 6th April 2001
 * Notification Date: 27th April 2001
 * Camera ready copy due: 16th May 2001



 Michael Rosner
 Thierry Declerck
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