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      [apologies for cross postings]

      Call for Papers

      ** Special Issue on Explanation **

      Journal KI - Kuenstliche Intelligenz

      Deadline for Announcement of Submission: 25 November 2007
      Deadline for Full Paper Submission: 1 February 2008


      The explanation concept is an umbrella term that covers quite a
      variety of instances and variations. The term is used in many
      disciplines for very different reasons, e.g., in cognitive science,
      law, education, communication science, political sciences, etc. In
      addition, many disciplines such as medicine have developed their
      own style and culture for explanations.

      All these kinds of explanation have in common that they are part of
      communication. Communication takes place among agents, which can be
      human as well as software agents. Communication has always a certain
      purpose and this should be a guideline for the explanation, because
      it provides a way for evaluation the success of the explanation.
      Evaluation criteria can therefore be of different character.

      For several reasons computer support is needed, as in general for
      socio-technical processes.

      Furthermore it is clear that meaningful explanations require a
      certain amount of intelligence and therefore artificial intelligence
      (AI) is challenged. Already around in 1990ies explanations in expert
      systems have been popular. Their purpose was to increase the
      acceptance of results of expert systems, e.g., by justification of
      unexpected consequences. The technique applied at that time was
      mainly parsing by going backwards through the chain of arguments.
      With this method, however, many results could not be explained.
      Today the time seems to be right going towards a more comprehensive

      Theoretical Aspects
      In this category one finds a number of principal questions that deal
      with the nature and the success of explanations and provide the basis
      for computer support. We mention some:
      - Cognitive background
      - Objective of explanations (e.g. instruction, convincing someone)
      - Explanation and understanding
      - Explanation and acceptance
      - Explanation and teaching
      - Details versus generality
      - The role of explanation in dialogues
      - The presentation of explanations: how can explanations be
      presented? How do user characteristics influence the way
      explanations are presented?
      - Explanation and influence factors
      - Explanations and decisions
      - From the cognitive to the formal
      - Explanation and truth: Has an explanation to be exact or has it
      even to be true? Can an explanation with lies be successful? Do
      they need to be lies under certain circumstances in order to make
      communication successful?
      - Explanations as parts of processes and for improving them
      - Explanations and experiences: have they to be generated ad-hoc or
      can one use experience (CBR technology)?
      - Purpose, success and evaluation of explanations
      - Explanation and procedural programs

      Practical Tasks and Systems
      Explanations in special disciplines
      - Law
      - Medicine
      - Natural Sciences
      - Software Engineering
      - PR, Marketing

      Practical structural questions:
      - Explanation and Knowledge Management
      - Explanation and CBR
      - Integration of explanation into reasoning processes

      Contributions to all mentioned subjects are welcome. Because
      explanations cannot be regarded in isolation it is of central
      interest to study the integration into a context. For practical
      systems it is of interest to see how this integration is
      performed and what the role of explanation is. For that,
      reported experiences are of importance.

      In all we hope to get a better understanding for this subject
      that is so central for (intelligent) communication.

      Submission Details
      Contributions to all submission categories of the Journal are
      welcome (scientific contributions/state of the art overviews,
      project reports, book reviews, summaries of PhD theses, discussion
      statements, dictionary entries of interesting aspects). All
      submissions should be comprehensible for a broader AI audience.

      The submissions should describe original contributions, and should
      not have been published or submitted elsewhere. Submissions based on
      conference papers should be extended and should include a reference
      to the corresponding proceedings. All submissions will be reviewed
      by at least two reviewers. The maximal length of a scientific
      contribution/state of the art overview is 7 pages in the final
      format (incl. figures), 3-4 pages for project reports, and 2 pages
      for the other categories. A LaTeX style file for the submission can
      be found here:
      (The final version will be reformatted by the publisher.) Please
      indicate the character count, your postal address, email address,
      and phone number upon your submission.

      More detailed information is available at

      For submissions, please directly contact the guest editors. We ask
      interested authors to submit abstracts in advance.

      Guest Editors
      Dr. Thomas Roth-Berghofer
      German Research Center for Artificial
      Intelligence DFKI GmbH
      Trippstadter Straße 122
      67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

      Prof. Michael M. Richter
      Universität Kaiserslautern
      P.O. Box 3049
      67618 Kaiserslautern, Germany

      ... 31st Annual German Conference on Artificial Intelligence ...
      ... Kaiserslautern, Germany, September 23-26, 2008 ...
      ... http://ki2008.dfki.uni-kl.de ...
      Dr. Thomas Roth-Berghofer - Senior Researcher
      Technical Director Project NEPOMUK - The Social Semantic Desktop
      DFKI GmbH, Trippstadter Str. 122, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
      Tel.: +49 (0)631 20575-133 Room Fax: +49 (0)631 20575-102
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