Last CFP&P: SCEF-2003 International Workshop
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Last CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION
The deadline is extended!
3rd AIA Round-Table Initiative Meeting:
First International Workshop on
SOCIO-COGNITIVE ENGINEERING FOUNDATIONS
30 Sept. & 1 Oct. 2003
ENEA's Research Center Casaccia (Rome), Italy
The first international workshop on the foundations of socio-cognitive
engineering SCEF-2003 is being organised as the third edition of the AIA
(Abstract Intelligent Agent) Round-Tables initiative.
Our intention is to further the tradition and main topics of the
International AIA Round-Tables that took place among the very first events
on agent-based technology in 1993 and 1994
(http://erg4146.casaccia.enea.it/AIA-RTs.htm). The main objective of the
previous AIA Round-Tables has been to discuss the possibility of an
integration of software engineering and cognitive sciences perspectives in
the area of natural and artificial intelligent systems. After a decade of
intensive world-wide theoretical and applicative efforts, we are convinced
that the concept of intelligence cannot be separated from the global
systemic and social approaches. Therefore, this new AIA initiative is
focused on emerging interdisciplinary intelligence-based Socio-Cognitive
From the top-down perspective, socio-cognitive engineering can be seen as
a branch of general system engineering, it integrates paradigms of:
physics, systemics, engineering, cognitive and social sciences. It is
founded on an interaction of three basic modeling perspectives: cognitive
psychology, sociology and computer science.
Application of integrated paradigms should improve the modeling and
management of complex and heterogeneous systems, such as large critical
infrastructures (electricity and telecommunication networks), e-learning,
e-health and other networked services, as well as human-society
interrelations, which all require synergy between technological
possibilities, human organisations, and individuals welfare needs.
The fulcrum of SCE research is an Abstract Intelligent Agent (AiA) with its
interactions with its environment, and with the environment's cognitive
ontology. AIA is a hypothetical model that captures the essence of all
systems which we accept as "intelligent" in the common sense.
Therefore, AIA is a property of:
· an individual person - in psychology,
· a social component (group, organization) - in sociology, and
· a software intelligent agent (an intelligent bot) in computer science.
In all these cases, AIAs are unique possible decision-makers and executors
of decisional processes.
The key problems of SCE refer to the congruence between computational
definitions of such basic concepts as Knowledge Engineering, Knowledge
Management, Decision-Making, Risk-Management, as well as, to the various
forms of socio-cognitive interactions (cooperation, negotiation, e-learning).
This workshop is intended to bring together leading scientists,
interdisciplinary researchers, theorists, experienced practitioners, and
policy makers from all science and engineering fields relating to the
communicating cognitive natural and artificial intelligent agents/entities.
The workshop follows the recent ideas and perspective emerged during the
first successful special session, "Socio -Cognitive Modelling for Business
Intelligence" of the BIS 2002 International Conference
Summarising, the workshop should favour systemic integration of research
and engineering perspectives across application domains, research
disciplines and available technologies.
The debates of the 3rd AIA Round-Table should lead to a conclusive
document; therefore, the materials of the SCE-2003 shall be elaborated,
interpreted, and published under redaction of voluntary members of the
Given the distinguished attendees, the whole Workshop shall consist mainly
of "keynote" talks on a wide range of socio-cognitive intelligence
engineering. The Workshop will include topics related to: modeling
socio-cognitive systems, individual and distributed decision-making
frameworks, managerial decision-support systems, knowledge management,
domain-independent and -dependent intelligencies ("x-intelligence":
organisational intelligence, business intelligence, expert intelligence,
...), socio-cognitive grids, future intelligent ambient assessments, and
promising SCE technologies.
The list of keywords of the workshop is long and it also includes:
distributed cognition, socially shared cognition in organisation,
computational ethics, as well as situated cognition, and human-centred
design from human and Artificial Intelligence perspectives.
In any case, the important property of every submission has to be the clear
reference to a general vision of socio-cognitive systems ( identification,
design, management), and to a possible computational realisation of the
For better identification of your contribution topic see
http://erg4146.casaccia.enea.it/toga-tech.html, as well as the
absintelagent e-group archive: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/absintelagent/ .
The participation is limited to about 30 leading scientists,
interdisciplinary researchers, experienced practitioners, and research
policy makers. Active participation is strongly recommended.
Three forms of e-submissions will be accepted:
regular presentation - a full written paper
regular presentation - an extended abstract (the form is attached) and a
presentation file (PowerPoint, PDF, ...) which has to be available at the
specification of the subject of the oral contribution to the debate session
- a summary.
Participation requests and all submitted materials will be evaluated by the
SCEF-2003 Scientific Board.
The material submitted for presentation at the SCEF Workshop must be
original conceptual property of the author(s). All materials accepted for
presentation will appear in the Preprints of the meeting which will be
distributed to all registered participants. A selection of the workshop
material shall be published after the event.
It includes only the cost of the Social Dinner.
· September 8, 2003 - Submission of extended abstract (1-2 pages) or
draft (full-length, about 8 pages) papers
· September 15, 2003 - Notification of acceptance/rejection of
· September 24, 2003 - Submission of final papers or extended
abstracts and registration deadline.
The workshop is a part of the CAMO/ENEA Seminars Programme. and
is organized by:
· HID (High-Intelligence and Decision Research Group) of CAMO
(Calculation & Modelling Support Unit) /ENEA (Italian National Agency for
New Technologies, Energy, and the Environment)
with collaboration of:
· Intelligent Agents and New Media Group, OFAI, Austrian Research
Inst. for Artificial Intelligence.
· ECONA Italian Interuniversity Centre for Cognitive Processes in
Natural and Artificial Systems.
· IBS-PAN (Systems Research Institute - Polish Academy of Science).
· ULab (Multimedia,Usability and Networked Software Systems
Development) of CAMO (Calculation & Modelling Support Unit) /ENEA -
Organization of Internet Conferencing Tool.
SCEF-2003 Chair: Adam Maria Gadomski
ENEA (Italian National Research Agency for the Energy and the
Co-chairs: Paolo Petta,
OFAI, Austrian Research Inst. for Artificial Intelligence,
SRI-PAS (Systems Research Institute - Polish Academy of Sciences)
Diederik Aerts (CLEA,Brussels Free U.,Be)
Peter Astheimer (Aabertay U..UK)
Nikos Bogonikolos (ZEUS, WEGRE,Gr)
Nagib Callaos,(SCI Journal, Ve)
Cristiano Castelfranchi(CNR, U.Siena,It)
Wlodzislaw Duch (SingaporeTU,Sg&Pl)
Flavio Fontana (ENEA,It)
Stan Franklin (U.of Memphis, USA)
Adam M.Gadomski (ENEA, ECONA,It)
Grzegorz Kaczmarczyk(Gdansk U.,Pl)
Gregory Kersten (Concordia U.,Ca)
Jiming Liu (Hong Kong Baptist U., HK)
Klaus Mainzer, (Phil.Uni-Augsburg, De)
Ryszard Michalski (George Mason U.,USA)
Marta Olivetti-Belardinelli (ECONA, U.of Rome,It)
Paolo Petta (OFAI,At)
Charles Petrie (Stanford Univ.,USA)
Omer F.Rana (Cardiff University, UK)
Zbyszek Ras (U.of North Carolina,USA)
Andrzej Straszak (IBS-PAN,Pl)
Vasyl Yanenko (Glushkov In. of Cybernetics,Uk)
Yiming Ye (IBM, USA)
Massimo Sepielli (Chair),
30 Sept. - SCEF Workshop
01 Oct. - 3rd AIAs Round Table Debates Session
Any queries regarding the SCEF-2003 may be addressed via email to:
Adam M.Gadomski. decision@..., Paolo Petta. paolo@...,