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[ExaCt 2012] Explanation-aware Computing, ECAI 2012 workshop, Last CfP

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  • throthberghofer
    The deadline for paper submissions has been extended slightly to June 1, 2012. It is now more in line with other ECAI workshop submission deadlines. Please
    Message 1 of 1 , May 25, 2012
      The deadline for paper submissions has been extended slightly to
      June 1, 2012. It is now more in line with other ECAI workshop
      submission deadlines.

      Please submit your abstract by May 28 though!


      ** Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this announcement **
      ** Please forward to anyone who might be interested **

      for the 7th International and
      ECAI 2012 Workshop on

      One-Day Workshop, 27 or 28 August 2012, Montpellier, France

      ** Abstract submission deadline: May 28, 2012 **
      ** Full paper submission deadline: June 1, 2012 **

      When knowledge-based systems are partners in interactive socio-
      technical processes, with incomplete and changing problem descriptions,
      effective communication between human and software system is vital.
      Explanations exchanged between human agents and software agents may
      play a key role in such mixed-initiative problem solving. For
      example, explanations may increase the confidence of the user in
      specific results or in the system as a whole, by providing evidence of
      how the results were derived. AI research has also focused on
      how computer systems can themselves use explanations, for example to
      guide learning.

      Explanation-awareness in computing system development aims at making
      systems able to interact more effectively or naturally with their
      users, or better able to understand and exploit knowledge about their
      own processing. Systems intended to exhibit explanation-awareness must
      be more than simple reactive systems. When the word 'awareness' is
      used in conjunction with the word 'explanation' it implies some
      consciousness about explanation and reasoning about explanations at
      the knowledge level.

      Thinking of the Web not only as a collection of web pages, but as
      providing a Web of experiences exchanged by people on many platforms,
      gives rise to new challenges and opportunities to leverage experiential
      knowledge in explanation. For example, records of experiences on the
      Web and interrelationships between experiences may provide provenance
      and meta-data for explanations and can provide examples to help instil
      confidence in computing systems. The interplay of provenance information
      with areas such as trust and reputation, reasoning and meta-reasoning,
      and explanation are known, but not yet well exploited.

      Outside of artificial intelligence, disciplines such as cognitive
      science, linguistics, philosophy of science, psychology, and education
      have investigated explanation as well. They consider varying aspects,
      making it clear that there are many different views of the nature of
      explanation and facets of explanation to explore. Two relevant examples
      of these are open learner models in education, and dialogue management
      and planning in natural language generation.

      The ExaCt workshop series aims to draw on the multiple perspectives on
      explanation, to examine how explanation can be applied to further the
      development of robust and dependable systems, and increase transparency,
      user sense of control, trust, acceptance, and decision support.

      The main goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers,
      scientists from both industry and academia, and representatives from
      different communities and areas such as those mentioned above, to study,
      understand, and explore explanation in AI applications. In addition to
      presentations and discussions of invited contributions and invited talks,
      this workshop will offer organised and open spaces for targeted
      discussions and creating an interdisciplinary community. Demonstration
      sessions will provide the opportunity to showcase explanation-enabled/
      -aware applications.

      Suggested topics for contributions (not restricted to IT views):
      * Models and knowledge representations for explanations
      * Integrating application and explanation knowledge
      * Explanation-awareness in (designing) applications
      * Methodologies for developing explanation-aware systems
      * Explanations and learning
      * Context-aware explanation vs. explanation-aware context
      * Confidence and explanations
      * Privacy, trust, and explanation
      * Provenance and metareasoning
      * Empirical studies of explanations
      * Requirements and needs for explanations to support human understanding
      * Explanation of complex, autonomous systems
      * Co-operative explanation
      * Visualising explanations
      * Dialogue management and natural language generation

      Submissions on additional topics are very welcome.

      Workshop submissions will be electronic, in pdf format only, using
      the EasyChair submission system linked from the workshop website.

      Papers must be written in English and not exceed 5 pages in the
      ECAI format. At least one author of each accepted paper must register
      for the workshop and the ECAI conference and present the contribution
      in order to be published in the workshop proceedings. The organising
      committee is considering editing a special issue of an appropriate
      international journal depending on the number and quality of the

      Those wishing to participate without a paper submission should
      submit a brief synopsis of their relevant work or a brief statement
      of interest.

      The workshop proceedings will be published online on the ECAI website
      and as CEUR workshop proceedings (http://ceur-ws.org).

      If you have questions please contact the chairs using the following
      email address: chairs@....

      Submission of abstract: May 28, 2012
      Submission of full paper deadline: June 1, 2012
      Notification of acceptance: June 28, 2012
      Camera-ready versions of papers: July 13, 2012
      ExaCt Workshop: August 27/28, 2012

      The schedule will be made available on the workshop website. See the
      workshop website for an agenda overview and links to past workshops.

      Thomas Roth-Berghofer, School of Computing and Technology,
      University of West London, United Kingdom
      thomas.roth-berghofer (at) uwl ac uk

      David B. Leake, School of Informatics and Computing,
      Indiana University, USA
      leake (at) cs indiana edu

      Jörg Cassens, Institute for Multimedia and Interactive
      Systems (IMIS), University of Lübeck, Germany
      cassens (at) imis uni-luebeck de

      Agnar Aamodt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
      David W. Aha, Navy Center for Applied Research in AI, Washington DC, USA
      Martin Atzmüller, University of Kassel, Germany
      Ivan Bratko, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
      Patrick Brézillon, LIP6, France
      Ashok Goel, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA, USA
      Pierre Grenon, EBI, UK
      Anders Kofod-Petersen, SINTEF, Norway
      Hector Muñoz-Avila, Lehigh University, USA
      Miltos Petridis, University of Brighton, UK
      Enric Plaza, IIIA-CSIC, Spain
      Christophe Roche, University of Savoie, France
      Olga Santos, Spanish National University for Distance Education
      Gheorghe Tecuci, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
      Douglas Walton, University of Windsor, Canada


      If you would like to participate in discussions on the topic of
      explanation or like to receive further information about this workshop
      you might consider joining the Yahoo!-group
      Information on explanation research is also collected here:
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