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ExaCt 2010 : Explanation-aware Computing, ECAI 2010 workshop, Call for papers


Conference Series : Explanation-aware Computing
When Aug 16, 2010 - Aug 17, 2010
Where Lisbon, Portugal
Submission Deadline May 7, 2010
Notification Due Jun 7, 2010
Final Version Due Jun 20, 2010
Categories    artificial intelligence   semantic web   software engineering   argumentation

Call For Papers


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** Please forward to anyone who might be interested **

for the 5th International and
ECAI 2010 Workshop on


16-17 August 2010, Lisbon, Portugal

** Paper submission deadline: May 7, 2010 **

Both within AI systems and in interactive systems, the ability to explain
reasoning processes and results can substantially affect system usability.
For example, in recommender systems good explanations may help to inspire
user trust and loyalty, increase satisfaction, make it quicker and easier
for users to find what they want, and persuade them to try or buy a
recommended item.

Current interest in mixed-initiative systems provides a new context in
which explanation issues may play a crucial role. When knowledge-based
systems are partners in an interactive socio-technical process, with
incomplete and changing problem descriptions, communication between
human and software systems is a central part. Explanations exchanged
between human agents and software agents may play an important role in
mixed-initiative problem solving.

Other 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. Within the field of knowledge-based systems, explanations have
been considered as an important link between humans and machines. There,
their main purpose has been to increase the confidence of the user in the
system’s result, by providing evidence of how it was derived. Additional
AI research has focused on how computer systems can use explanations
themselves, for example to guide learning.

This workshop series aims to draw on multiple perspectives on
explanation, to examine how explanation can be applied to further the
development of robust and dependable systems and to illuminate system
processes to increase user acceptance and feeling of control.

If you would like to participate in discussions on this topic
or like to receive further information about this workshop you
might consider joining the Yahoo!-group
Information on explanation research is also collected here:

We invite original contributions to the research on explanations
from a variety of areas and communities such as computer science,
cognitive science, linguistics, philosophy of science, psychology,
and education. In addition to presentations and discussions of
invited contributions and invited talks, this workshop will offer
organised and open sessions for targeted discussions and creating
an interdisciplinary community. Demonstration sessions will
provide the opportunity to showcase explanation-enabled/-aware

Suggested topics for contributions (not restricted to IT views):
* Models for explanations / explanation representation languages
* Integrating application and explanation knowledge
* Explanation-awareness in applications and software design
* Methodologies for developing explanation-aware systems
* Learning to explain
* Context-aware explanation vs. explanation-aware context
* Confidence and explanations
* Security, trust, and explanation
* Requirements and needs for explanations to support human
* Explanation of complex, autonomous systems
* Co-operative explanation
* Explanation exchange among intelligent agents
* Explanation visualisation

Submissions on additional topics are welcome as well.

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 12 pages in the
Springer LNCS 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 (e.g.,
Kluwer’s Knowledge-based Systems, Elsevier’s Expert Systems with
Applications, or Springer’s Information System Frontiers) depending
on the number and quality of the submissions.

Those wishing to participate providing a live system demonstration
should submit a proposal (1-2 pages).

Those wishing to participate without paper or demo submission should
submit a brief synopsis of their relevant work or at least a brief
statement of interest.

All accepted papers will be published as ECAI workshop notes as well
as electronically at

If you have questions please contact the chairs using the following
email address:

Submission deadline: May 7, 2010
Notification of acceptance: June 7, 2010
Camera-ready versions of papers: June 20, 2010
ExaCt Workshop: August 16-17, 2010

The schedule will be made available on the workshop website. See the
workshop website for an agenda overview and links to past workshops.

Talks by two invited speakers, each representing a different community
addressing explanation issues, are planned.

Thomas R. Roth-Berghofer, German Research Center for
Artificial Intelligence DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany
thomas.roth-berghofer at dfki de

David B. Leake, Computer Science Department, Indiana University, USA
leake at cs indiana edu

Nava Tintarev, Telefonica Research, Barcelona, Spain
nava at tid es

Daniel Bahls, MIMOS BERHAD, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
daniel.bahls at mimos my

Agnar Aamodt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
David W. Aha, Navy Center for Applied Research in AI, Washington DC, USA
Patrick Brézillon, LIP6, France
Jörg Cassens, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Babak Esfandiari, Carleton University, Canada
Ashok Goel, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Anders Kofod-Petersen, SINTEF, Norway
Deborah McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA
Hector Muñoz-Avila, Lehigh University, USA
Paulo Pinheiro da Silva, University of Texas, El Paso, USA
Enric Plaza, IIIA-CSIC, Spain
Michael M. Richter, University of Calgary, Canada
Christophe Roche, University of Savoie, France
Sven Schwarz, DFKI, Germany
Gheorghe Tecuci, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
Douglas Walton, University of Windsor, Canada

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