CfP: Workshop on Mixed-Initiative Case-Based Reasoning

Fifth International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning
24 June 2003
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway
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  1. Objective: This workshop, whose participants must register for ICCBR'03, will build on the ECCBR'02 MI-CBRW by providing an interactive forum for discussing and encouraging the analysis, extension, development, and demonstration of mixed-initiative CBR (MI-CBR) methodologies. These CBR variants are characterized by an iterative sharing/swapping of control between the user and the software system (e.g., to guide retrieval, support incremental query elaboration). Our primary goal is to clarify the possible roles of integrating CBR in mixed-initiative intelligent approaches for problem solving (i.e., for both analysis and synthesis tasks). In particular, we seek to identify interesting unsolved problems that require further attention, and approaches for solving them, that could provide a research focus for groups or individual students. Our subsidiary goal is to publish a survey/status journal article on MI-CBR.

    Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  2. Background/Motivation: Many researchers, practitioners, and organizations have developed MI-CBR variants that support interesting computational behaviors. This includes, for example, Inference Corporation's "conversational" CBR (CCBR) products, knowledge navigation systems developed at the University of Chicago (Hammond et al., 1996 chapter), mixed-initiative case-based planners (e.g., Cox & Veloso, ICCBR'97), and dialogue systems such as the Adaptive Place Advisor (Göker & Thompson, EWCBR'00). However, while several companies and researchers have continued to contribute to this topic (e.g., Burke, Gupta, McSherry, Muñoz-Avila, Shimazu, Yang), no recent survey exists that focuses on MI-CBR. Although it was a focus of a special issue on Interactive CBR (Applied Intelligence, 14(1), 2001), interested researchers have had limited opportunities to discuss this topic at more general meetings.

    This motivated holding the ECCBR'02 MI-CBR Workshop, which whetted the appetite of attendees, given that several current and popular application areas for CBR strategies involve significant user interaction. But while that workshop identified existing MI-CBR approaches, categorized them, and introduced new subtopic areas (e.g., dialog grammars for MI-CBR, ubiquitous computing applications), it was lean on analyzing MI-CBR from broader perspectives (e.g., personalized systems, non-CBR MI approaches, characterizations of domains suitable for MI-CBR), as well as more focused analyses (e.g., comparisons of MI-CBR approaches, analysis of MI-CBR approaches from knowledge container perspectives). Thus, several topic areas have not yet been discussed in depth among researchers studying this topic.

  3. Structure: This 1-day workshop will consist of a series of focused discussions, led by selected participants, that address some of the subjects listed above and discuss both current work and open issues concerning mixed-initiative CBR (MI-CBR) methodologies. Some invited presentations may also be integrated with this sequence to provide additional detail on information related to the workshop's focus (e.g., we may solicit presentations from group leaders to summarize their group's work). We will reserve one or more time slots for system demonstrations, and will also include a presentation that summarizes the activities to take place at the IJCAI'03 Workshop on Mixed-Initiative Intelligent Systems. Workshop details will be determined with the assistance of feedback solicited from expected participants (via an e-mail list). Scribes will be recruited from among the participants to assist with recording the discussions and/or authoring the survey.

  4. Paper review process: We solicit paper submissions for this workshop; please use a max 8-page Springer-LNCS format. Short submissions that focus on a specific implementation are also welcome; if accepted, the author(s) will be expected to demonstrate their system at the workshop. Please email your submissions to the workshop's Chair. Please zip submissions that are of substantial size. Printed copies of the workshop proceedings will be available at ICCBR'03, and we will attempt to place them at the workshop's www site.

  5. Dates:
    6 April 2003 Submission deadline
    21 April 2003 Review notification deadline
    5 May 2003 Deadline for camera-ready copies
    24 June 2003 Workshop date (Trondheim, Norway)

  6. Attendees: This workshop will be open to all registered participants of ICCBR'03. Although ICCBR'03 attendees are welcome to contact us any time prior to the workshop, please contact the Chair to state your intention to attend, and to be added to the mailing list for workshop-related decisions and announcements.

    This list was written 14 June 2003 and is not final.

    1. David W. Aha, Naval Research Laboratory (USA)
    2. Paolo Avesani, ITC-ISRT (Italy)
    3. Vivik Barlaraman, Tata Research Development and Design Centre
    4. Derek Bridge, U. College Cork (Ireland)
    5. William Cheetham, GE Corporate Research
    6. Lorcan Coyle, Trinity College Dublin
    7. Sylvie Delprat, EADS Corporate Research Center
    8. Donal Doyle, Trinity College Dublin
    9. Thomas Gabel, Kaiserlautern University
    10. Mehmet Göker, Kaidara Software
    11. Pedro A. Gonzalaez-Calero, Complutense University of Madrid
    12. Kalyan Moy Gupta, ITT Industries (USA)
    13. John Loughrey, Trinity College Dublin
    14. Michel Manago, Kaidara Software
    15. Stewart Massie, The Robert Gordon University
    16. Rainer Maximini, University of Hildesheim
    17. Lorraine McGinty, University College Dublin
    18. Eoin McLoughlin, University College Dublin
    19. David McSherry, U. Ulster, Coleraine (Northern Ireland)
    20. Nader Mirzadeh, ITC-IRST
    21. Alec Morgan, General Motors Research
    22. Babak Maugonie
    23. Héctor Muñoz-Avila, Lehigh University
    24. Dympna O'Sullivan, University College Dublin
    25. Joe Price, GE Global Research
    26. Michael Redmond, La Salle University
    27. Radhika Selvamani, IIT Madras
    28. Barry Smyth, University College Dublin
    29. Anil Varma, GE Global Research
    30. Rosina Weber, Drexel University
    31. Fei Ling Woon, Tunku Abdul Rahman College

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  8. Workshop Committee:

    David W. Aha (Chair)
    Naval Research Laboratory, Code 5515
    4555 Overlook Ave., SW
    Washington, DC 20375
    +1 202 404-4940

    Robin Burke, DePaul University
    School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Information Systems
    DePaul University
    Chicago, IL 60604
    +1 (312) 362-5910

    Pádraig Cunningham
    Department of Computer Science
    Trinity College Dublin
    College Green
    Dublin 2

    Mehmet Göker
    Kaidara Software, Inc.
    Palo Alto, CA

    Kalyan Moy Gupta
    ITT Industries
    Naval Research Laboratory, Code 5515
    4555 Overlook Ave., SW
    Washington, DC 20375
    +1 202 767-6645

    David McSherry
    School of Computing and Information Engineering,
    University of Ulster
    Coleraine BT52 1SA,
    Northern Ireland
    +44 (0)28 7032 4130

    Héctor Muñoz-Avila
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    Lehigh University
    Bethlehem, PA
    +1 610 758 3797

    Francesco Ricci
    Electronic Commerce and Tourism Research Laboratory
    via Sommarive 18
    I-38050 Povo (TN)

    Sascha Schmitt
    University of Kaiserslautern
    Fachbereich Informatik
    AG Künstliche Intelligenz - Wissensbasierte Systeme
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    +0631 205-3359

    Barry Smyth
    Smart Media Institute
    Department of Computer Science
    University College Dublin
    Belfield, Dublin 4