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2004 PRICAI Pre-Conference

The following workshops will be held during the conference of PRICAI 2004. You are cordially invited to visit these well-designed homepages and explore the possibility for you to actively participate in one of the workshops interesting to you.

All workshops are held on 9th & 10th August. The morning and afternoon sessions are roughly 9:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:30pm. All the workshops will be held at the PRICAI 2004 conference site. Please click on these workshops for their important dates and other details.

Workshop 1: PRIMA - Seventh Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents
Date: 9th or 10th August
Chairs: Mike Barley
  Prof Marzuki Khalid

PRIMA is a series of workshops on autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, integrating the activities in Asia and Pacific Rim countries. Autonomous agents and multi-agent systems are computational systems in which several autonomous or semi-autonomous agents interact with each other or work together to perform some set of tasks or satisfy some set of goals. These systems may involve computational agents that are homogeneous or heterogeneous, they may involve activities on the part of agents having common or distinct goals, and they may involve participation on the part of humans and intelligent agents. PRIMA2004 will build on the great success of its predecessors, PRIMA'98 in Singapore, PRIMA'99 in Kyoto, Japan, PRIMA2000 in Melbourne, Australia, PRIMA2001 in Taipei, Taiwan, PRIMA2002 in Tokyo, Japan, and PRIMA2003 in Seoul, Korea.

The aim of PRIMA2004 is to bring together Asian and Pacific Rim researchers and developers from academia and industry to report on the latest technical advances or domain applications and to discuss and explore scientific and practical problems as raised by the participants. The workshop welcomes submissions describing both theoretical and applied research in autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. PRIMA2004 introduces two new strands to the PRIMA workshop:

  1. A new theme of biologically inspired multi-agent systems.
  2. A RoboCup Rescue Simulation competition, Rescue Middle-Earth.
Call for Papers: http://www.pricai04.info/workshop1.asp
PRIMA: http://prima2004.otago.ac.nz/REG-paper/

Workshop 2: PKAW - The 2004 Pacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop
Date: 9th or 10th August
Chairs: Prof Paul Compton  
  Prof Hiroshi Motoda  

The focus of this workshop is on developing methods and systems that assist the knowledge acquisition process.  It is designed for both theoreticians and practitioners, and therefore, all aspects of the knowledge acquisition process will be opened for discussion.  The knowledge itself, its re-usability and sharing is also another issue that will be focused on at this workshop.

Bottleneck in building knowledge base systems is a problem.  This is compounded by the explosion of the digital information.  The availability of data far exceeds our ability to harness and process them.  Existing techniques and tools can no longer support this vast amount of data and it is hoped that this workshop will fuel development in this area.

This workshop will also expand its traditional area to the business rule system area.  Separation of knowledge (rules) from software developments was often discussed in Software Engineering (SE). However, little attention has been paid to the relationship between KA and SE.  Business rules will be a new area of focus in addition to traditional topics in KA.

Call for Papers: http://www.pricai04.info/workshop2.asp

Workshop 3:

International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery in BioMedicine (KDbM-04)

Date: 9th or 10th August
Chairs: Arul Siromoney or
  Anna Siromoney

The International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery in BioMedicine (KDbM-04) brings together researchers from a broad range of fields that are related to Knowledge Discovery and Medicine. The term 'Knowledge Discovery' in the context of this workshop is not restricted to large datasets alone and includes other related fields in Discovery and Learning. There is an increasingly significant body of researchers in these areas of research as applied to Medicine and related areas in Biology.

This workshop provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of

  • Current research and potential new areas of application of KD techniques in medicine
  • Emerging areas in medical technology, especially in medical imaging and in heterogeneous medical data, that could give rise to new KD techniques
  • The medical experts' perspectives on KD in medicine
  • The KD perspective including issues of data preparation, inconsistency, incomplete data
  • Privacy, ethical and legal issues of KD in medicine and biology

This workshop seeks to address the issues facing the KD world in taking on new research opportunities and challenges from developments in the world of medicine and related areas in biology.

Call for Papers: http://www.pricai04.info/workshop6.asp

Workshop 4:

Language Sense on Computer

Date: 9th or 10th August
Chair: Akinori Abe

In this workshop, we would like to discuss several problems dealing with a language sense on computers and applications dealing with a language sense. In some research fields such as Language Sense processing Engineering (LSE), Literature in Cognition and Computer (LCC), and Computer mediated Communication and Community (CmCC), problems dealing with a language sense on computers have been discussed and some applications have also proposed.

Since a language sense has been defined from Japanese language viewpoint, first, we would like to re-characterize a language sense (it might be the same as previous one), find the new feature of a language sense. Then, we would like to discuss the usage of it from various viewpoints. We would like to focus on theories, computational and human models to deal with a language sense, and applications that make use of a feature of language sense.

Thus, we would like to discuss computational, affective, psychological, artistic and cognitive aspects of language from an interdisciplinary viewpoint (i.e. AI and other fields).

Call for Papers: http://www.pricai04.info/workshop8.asp
Alternative Link: http://ultimavi.arc.net.my/banana/Workshop/PRICAI2004/

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