ExaCt: Explanation-aware Computing



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Event When Where Deadline
ExaCt 2012 7th International and ECAI 2012 Workshop on Explanation-Aware Computing
Aug 27, 2012 - Aug 28, 2012 Montpellier, France Jun 1, 2012 (May 28, 2012)
EXaCt 2011 Workshop on Explanation-aware Computing
Jul 16, 2011 - Jul 18, 2011 Barcelona, Spain Mar 14, 2011
ExaCt 2010 Explanation-aware Computing, ECAI 2010 workshop, Call for papers
Aug 16, 2010 - Aug 17, 2010 Lisbon, Portugal May 7, 2010
ExaCt 2008 3rd International and ECAI-08 Workshop on Explanation-Aware Computing
Jul 21, 2008 - Jul 22, 2008 Patras, Greece Apr 10, 2008

Present CFP : 2012

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for the 7th International and
ECAI 2012 Workshop on

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

** Submission deadline: May 28, 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@exact2012.workhop.hm.

Submission deadline: May 28, 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, KMI, The Open University, 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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