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           Last Call for Papers

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       Tenth International Workshop on

  Cooperative Information Agents (CIA 2006)

          September 11 - 13, 2006
        University of Edinburgh, UK

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Web page: http://www.dfki.de/~klusch/cia2006

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In cooperation with:

    Association of Computing Machinery
    (ACM SIGART, ACM SIGWeb, ACM SIGKDD)

    GGF - Global Grid Forum

Co-sponsored by:

   Whitestein Technologies, Switzerland

   IEEE FIPA standards organisation for
   intelligent and physical agents

   U Edinburgh/CISA
   Center for Intelligent Systems and Applications, UK

   NESC National e-Science Center, UK

   AISB Society for the Study of AI
        and Simulation of Behaviour, UK

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IMPORTANT DATES

   Submission of papers:    APRIL 5, 2006

   Notification of authors: June  2, 2006
   Camera-ready papers:     June 19, 2006

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AIMS & SCOPE
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An intelligent information agent is a computational software entity
that is capable of accessing one or multiple, heterogeneous and
distributed information sources, proactively searching for,
mediating, and maintaining relevant information or services on behalf
of its human users, or other agents, at any time and anywhere.
One key challenge of the development of intelligent and cooperative
information system is to balance the autonomy of networked data,
information, and knowledge sources with the potential payoff of
leveraging them by the appropriate use of such agents.
Research on intelligent information agents and systems is inherently
cross disciplinary covering themes from domains such as artificial
intelligence, HCI, Internet and Web technologies, information systems,
information retrieval, P2P and grid computing, pervasive computing,
and multiagent system technologies as well.

Special topic (but not exclusive) of the 2006 edition of this series is

   Agent-based semantic grid computing systems and applications.

The objective of the international workshop series on cooperative
information agents (CIA), since its establishment in 1997, is to
provide a small but distinguished, interdisciplinary forum for
researchers, programmers, and managers to get informed about, present,
and discuss latest high quality results in research and development
of agent-based intelligent and cooperative information systems, and
applications for the Internet and Web.


INVITED SPEAKERS
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To be announced.


TOPICS
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Topics of interest are but not exclusive:

Systems and Applications of Information Agents
    Architectures of information agents.
    Prototypes and fielded systems of information agents.
    Recommender systems; collaborative cases.
    Issues of programming information agents.

Information Agents and Grid Computing
   Agent-based grid computing services and infrastructure
   Agent-based grid computing applications

Advanced Means of Collaboration and Coordination
    Social filtering, cooperative search, group forming, negotiation, etc.
    Cooperation in real-time and open environments.
    Self-organising information agent systems.
    Capability-based mediation between information agents.
    Collaboration in peer-to-peer networks.

Agent-Based Knowledge Discovery
    Agent-based distributed data mining.
    Distributed information retrieval, text, and Web mining.

Information Agents, Web Services, and the Semantic Web
    Agent-based information search in the semantic web.
    Agent-based service discovery and composition.
    Agent-based service matchmaking and brokering
    Agent-based distributed ontology mapping and learning.

Mobile Information Agents
    Mobile information agents for distributed information retrieval.
    Engineering of mobile information agents.
    Cooperative mobile information agents.

Information Agents for Pervasive Computing Environments
    Visions, applications, surveys; collaborative cases.

Rational Information Agents for E-Business
    Models of economic rationality.
    Trust and reputation.
    Issues of privacy of communication, data security, and
    jurisdiction for agent-mediated trading.
    Coalition and team formation algorithms.

Intelligent Interfaces for Information Agents
    Human-agent interaction for (systems of) information agents.
    Life-like characters and avatars.
    Information agents for/applied to digital cities.
    Advanced, personalized 3-d visualizations of information spaces.
    Personalization; collaborative cases.

Adaptive Information Agents
    Adaptive information retrieval; collaborative cases.
    Reasoning with imperfect information: collaborative cases.
    Multi-strategy and meta-learning for cooperative information agents.


PROCEEDINGS
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The proceedings of the CIA workshop series are regularly published as volume
of the Springer LNCS subseries LNAI (Lecture Notes on Artificial 
Intelligence).

Former volumes of the series are
  CIA-1997: LNAI 1202, CIA-1998: LNAI 1435, CIA-1999: LNAI 1652,
  CIA-2000: LNAI 1860, CIA-2001: LNAI 2182, CIA-2002: LNAI 2446,
  CIA-2003: LNAI 2782, CIA 2004: LNAI 3191, CIA 2005 (MATES 2005): LNAI 3550

The proceedings of the CIA 2006 workshop will be available to the 
participants
of the workshop at the registration desk.


SUBMISSION
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For preparation of (camera-ready) papers to be submitted please follow
the instructions for authors available at the Springer LNCS Web page:
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html

For those not using the Springer LNCS style files: The paper must be
formatted in A4 size using 10 point Times. (If Times is not available,
please use one of the similar fonts widely used in phototypesetting.)
Printing area should be 12.2 x 19.3 cm, and the interline distance
should be arranged in such a way that some 42 to 45 lines occur on a
full-text page.

The length of each paper should not exceed 15 pages.
All papers must be written in English.

Please submit your paper via E-Mail to mrovatso at inf.ed.ac.uk
(pls send compressed/zipped file).
You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt via E-Mail within 3 days.

Submission of full paper including all figures and references is
either in POSTSCRIPT or PDF format only. In any case, please check
whether the file is really printable on a postscript-level-2 printer
before submitting it.

Double Submission Policy
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CIA 2006 will not accept papers which have already been published,
or accepted for publication. However, these restrictions apply ONLY
to journals, NOT to conferences, workshops, or symposia.
Though, full copies of papers that are published elsewhere are,
of course, not acceptable!

Papers not conforming to the above requirements may be rejected
without review. Submissions will be reviewed for quality, correctness,
sufficient originality, and relevance.

STUDENT SUPPORT
===============

There will be limited financial support provided to a limited number
of students as (co-)authors of accepted papers to present their work
at the CIA 2006 workshop.

AWARDS
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The CIA 2006 workshop issues both a BEST PAPER award, and a
SYSTEM INNOVATION award to acknowledge and honor highly innovative
research and development, respectively, in the area of intelligent
information agents for the Internet and Web.

The CIA 2006 SYSTEM INNOVATION AWARD is sponsored by
Whitestein Technologies.

Nominations for the CIA 2006 SYSTEM INNOVATION AWARD
are eligible either by means of regular paper submission,
or external explicit request for nomination by submitting
a brief (max. 4 pages, 10pt Times) description of the system in terms
of its core functionalities, main techniques used to implement them,
and (publicly available reference to) experimental results,
as well as a summary of the innovative features in comparison to other
existing systems. After confidential voting by the PC, chairs, and sponsors
of the award the top ranked nominees will be requested to demonstrate a
running prototype of their system at the workshop to all participants
and the jury for a final public voting.
The prize money is 500 euros.

Both awards will be given at the end of the workshop.

ORGANISATION
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General Chair:

   Matthias Klusch (DFKI, Germany)

Program Co-Chairs:

   Michael Rovatsos (U Edinburgh, UK)
   Terry Payne (U Southampton, UK)

Program Committee:

   Karl Aberer (EPF Lausanne, Switzerland)
   Wolfgang Benn (TU Chemnitz, Germany)
   Federico Bergenti (U Parma, Italy)
   Bernard Burg (Panasonic Research, USA)
   Monique Calisti (Whitestein Technologies, Switzerland)
   Cristiano Castelfranchi (U Siena, Italy)
   John Debenham (TU Sydney, Australia)
   Yves Demazeau (LEIBNIZ/IMAG, France)
   Boi Faltings (EPF Lausanne, Switzerland)
   Fausto Giunchiglia (IRST-ITC, Italy)
   Marie-Pierre Gleizes (IRIT Toulouse, France)
   Rune Gustavsson (TH Blekinge, Sweden)
   Heikki Helin (TeliaSonera, Finland/Sweden)
   Brian Henderson-Sellers (TU Sydney, Australia)
   Michael Huhns (U South Carolina, USA)
   Catholijn Jonker (U Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
   Hillol Kargupta (U Maryland BC, USA)
   Ewan Klein (U Edinburgh, UK)
   Christoph Koch (U Saarland, Germany)
   Manolis Koubarakis (TU Crete, Greece)
   Sarit Kraus (Bar-Ilan U, Israel)
   Daniel Kudenko (U York, UK)
   Maurizio Lenzerini (U Rome, Italy)
   Victor Lesser (U Massachusetts, USA)
   Jiming Liu (Hongkong Baptist U, China)
   Stefano Lodi (U Bologna, Italy)
   Aris Ouksel (U Illinois, USA)
   Sascha Ossowski (U Rey Juan Carlos Madrid, Spain)
   Paolo Petta (Medical U Vienna, Austria)
   Alun Preece (U Aberdeen, UK)
   Omer Rana (U Cardiff, UK)
   Jeffrey Rosenschein (Hebrew U, Israel)
   Marie-Christine Rousset (U Paris-Sud, France)
   Ken Satoh (National Institute for Informatics, Japan)
   Onn Shehory (IBM Research, Israel)
   Carles Sierra (CSIC Barcelona, Spain)
   Steffen Staab (U Koblenz, Germany)
   Hiroki Suguri (Comtech Sendai, Japan)
   Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon U, USA)
   Rainer Unland (U Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
   Gottfried Vossen (U Muenster, Germany)


CONTACT
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Please do not hesitate to contact us,
if you have any question on this event.

   Dr. Matthias Klusch
   DFKI Saarbruecken, Germany
   Phone:  +49 (0)681 302 5297
   Fax:    +49 (0)681 302 2235
   E-Mail: klusch at dfki.de
   Web: http://www.dfki.de/~klusch

   Dr. Michael Rovatsos
   U Edinburgh, UK
   Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications
   School of Informatics
   Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE
   Phone: +44 (0)131 6513263
   E-Mail: mrovatso at inf.ed.ac.uk
   Web: http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/mrovatso/

   Dr. Terry Payne
   U Southampton, UK
   Electronics and Computer Science
   University of Southampton
   Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
   Phone:  +44 (0)23 8059 8343
   Fax:    +44 (0)23 8059 2865
   E-Mail: trp at ecs.soton.ac.uk
   Web: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~trp/

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