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                  Second Call for Papers & Participation

                                 AMKM 2003
                          AAAI Spring Symposium on

                      Agent-mediated Knowledge Management

                    March 24-26, 2003, Stanford University

DEADLINE: October 4, 2002


Knowledge Management (KM) has been a predominant trend in business in
the recent years. Not only is Knowledge Management an important field of
application for AI and related techniques, such as CBR technology for
intelligent lessons-learned systems, it also provides new challenges to
the AI community, like context-aware knowledge delivery. Scaling-up
research prototypes to real-world solutions usually requires an
application-driven integration of several basic technologies, e.g.,
ontologies for knowledge sharing and reuse, collaboration support like
CSCW systems, and personalized information services. Typical
characteristics to be dealt with in such an integration are
* manifold logically and physically dispersed actors and knowledge
* different degrees of formalization of knowledge,
* different kinds of (web-based) services and (legacy) systems,
* conflicts between local (individual) and global (group or
organizational) goals.
Agent approaches have already been successfully employed for many
partial solutions within the overall picture: Agent-based workflow,
cooperative information gathering, intelligent information integration,
or personal information agents are established techniques in this area.
In order to cope with the inherent complexity of a more comprehensive
solution, the concept of Agent-mediated Knowledge Management (AMKM)
deals with collective aspects of the domain in an attempt to cope with
the conflict between desired order and actual behavior in dynamic
environments. AMKM introduces a social layer, which structures the
society of agents by defining specific roles and possible interactions
between them.

                            Topics of Interest

In this symposium we invite contributions which illustrate
methodological, technical and application aspects of Agent-mediated
Knowledge Management. Topics of interest are
* Methodology for AMKM
  o Analysis and Design Methods for AMKM Systems
  o Relationship between AMKM and General Agent-oriented Software
  o Relationship between AMKM and Business Engineering Methods
* Functionalities in AMKM Systems
  o Distributed Organizational Memories
  o Ontology Negotiation and Ontology Lifecycle Management
  o Agents for Group Formation and Awareness
  o Agents for Supporting Social Processes (Trust, Reputation)
  o Agent-based Workflow in the KM Context
  o Collaborative Information Retrieval
* Implementation of AMKM Systems
  o Architectures and Platforms for Socially Enabled Agents
  o Distributed KR&R for Socially Enabled Agents
  o User Modeling for Agent Mediated Social Processes
  o Practical application examples for (aspects of) AMKM systems
* Basic Research Questions for AMKM
  o Benefits and reasons for the application of the agent paradigm to KM
  o Organizational Implications of Agent Use in KM
  o Formal models for AMKM

                              Organizing Committee

Ludger van Elst, DFKI, Kaiserslautern (Co-Chair)
Virginia Dignum, Achmea & University of Utrecht (Co-Chair)
Andreas Abecker, DFKI, Kaiserslautern (Co-Chair)
Rose Dieng, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis
Michael N. Huhns, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Daniel O'Leary, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Pietro Panzarasa, University of Southampton
Amit P. Sheth, University of Georgia, Athens
Walt Truszkowski, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Gerd Wagner, Eindhoven University of Technology

                            Types of Submission

Those interested in participating should send a three-page extended
abstract describing their related work and areas of interest.
Submissions may discuss work in any stage of development, from concepts
and future directions to finished work.
Alternatively, full papers up to 8 pages may be submitted. Full papers
have to be complemented by a one-page expression of interest from those
authors who intend to  participate in the symposium.
PDF-submissions in AAAI format should be sent to [log in to unmask] For
formatting instructions see
Admission to the symposium is decided upon at least two reviews of the

                             Important Dates

Deadline for abstracts and full papers:  October 4, 2002
Notification of acceptance: November 8, 2002
Deadline for final versions of abstracts and papers: January 20, 2003
Symposium: March 24-26, 2003

Contact Information
Send your submission to [log in to unmask]
For any questions contact one of the Symposium Chairs:

Ludger van Elst
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH
Knowledge Management Department
Postfach 2080
D-67608 Kaiserslautern
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Phone: ++49 (0) 631 205 3474
Fax: ++49 (0) 631 205 3210

Virginia Dignum
Achmea & University of Utrecht
Intelligent Systems Group
P.O. Box 80089
3508 TB Utrecht
The Netherlands
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Phone: ++31 (0) 30 253 4432
Fax: ++31 (0) 30 351 3791

Andreas Abecker
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH
Knowledge Management Department
Postfach 2080
D-67608 Kaiserslautern
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Phone: ++49 (0) 631 205 3456
Fax: ++49 (0) 631 205 3210

Additional information including final instructions on format and
submissions will be posted at:
General information on the AAAI Spring Symposium Series is posted at: