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                        CALL FOR PAPERS

          IJCAI-97 Workshop on AI in Digital Libraries
                Moving From Chaos to (More) Order

                   IJCAI-1997 Workshop Series

                     Nagoya Congress Center
                        Nagoya, Japan

                       August 24, 1997


Workshop Description

As the volume and diversity of available on-line information continues to
grow, so too will the number of users of this information. Whereas until
quite recently most information sources were designed to serve a relatively
small number of specialized users, they are steadily becoming essential to a
wide range of academic, professional, commercial, and even hobbyist and lay
consumers. These trends have led to the emergence of an increasingly
important discipline: digital libraries.

A digital library is an electronic information access system which offers
users a coherent view of a selected, organized, and managed body of
information. As interest increases in heterogeneous, information rich
repositories -- arguably, proto-digital libraries -- such as the Internet and
intranets, a number of technical challenges will need to be met to satisfy
individual users' demands. Key among these are information discovery and
retrieval, user interface design, classification and indexing, content
delivery and presentation, and storage management and administration. Faced
with such challenges, a number of international agencies (most noticeably
NASA, DARPA, and NSF in the United States and MITI in Japan) have recently
made available substantial funding for digital library research. AI
researchers are among those participating in major digital library projects.

The purpose of this workshop is to identify ways in which AI techniques can
contribute to solving some of the challenges of building real world digital
libraries. The workshop is intended to build upon the successes of earlier
IJCAI and AAAI workshops on information access and navigation. Following on
from the many useful AI techniques and approaches presented at these venues,
the present workshop will focus on how such techniques can be applied in the
context of digital libraries. Particular questions that need addressing
include: How easily do AI techniques for general information repositories --
such as the WWW -- migrate to the more structured domains of digital
libraries? What other AI techniques (eg. knowledge representation) can assist
in improving access to and management of digital information? What new
challenges and opportunities do real world digital libraries bring to bear on
AI research?

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Information discovery and retrieval:
        information filtering
        user modelling and adaptive profiling
        use of user feedback
        software agents for resource discovery
        knowledge-based models of information retrieval
User interface design:
        information access, browsing and navigation
        visualization of large repositories
        summarization and multiple perspective presentation of content
        natural language processing
Classification and indexing:
        information modelling
        knowledge and metadata representation
        automatic keyword extraction, classification and clustering
        statistical, probabilistic, linguistic and other approaches to
        indexing of non-textual media such as image, sound, and video
        distributed indexing
Architectural designs and issues:
        scaling and extensibility
        cooperative information systems
        information economies

Submission Details

The workshop will consist of invited talks, presentations, discussion
sessions, and hands-on demonstrations. Well written short papers (5-8 pages)
are sought describing novel AI algorithms and techniques applied to one or
more of the areas of research listed above. In addition, short papers
describing real world digital libraries which employ embedded AI technology,
or well supported and imaginative visionary papers discussing future
challenges and directions are requested. Also of interest are review papers
(5-8 pages), particularly those which address linkages between AI and other
pertinent fields of study such as the information and library sciences.
Hands-on demonstrations of prototypical or fielded work are strongly
encouraged. Those wishing to demonstrate should also include a one-page
description of their hardware and connectivity requirements. All papers must
include: author's name(s), affiliation, complete mailing address, phone
number, fax number, URL, and email address.

The workshop is open to all members of the AI community. Please note,
however, that all workshop participants must register for the IJCAI-97
conference and that the number of workshop participants is strictly limited.
Participants will be selected on the basis of their submitted short papers,
which will be reviewed by members of the organizing committee. Selected
participants will be asked to give brief presentations of their work;
presenters should aim to address the ideas and guiding principles behind
their work, rather than simply repeating the contents of their paper
submissions. Moderated discussion sessions will consume most of the allotted
time and will revolve around a core set of discussion topics. These topics
will reflect the research, work in progress, opinions, visions, and
applications presented at the workshop, as well as material exchanged via
email discussions (facilitated by the chair) in advance of the one-day
workshop. Participants will also be invited to raise any new topics on the

Via email, send either a URL pointing to an electronic version of the paper
or the electronic copy itself to [log in to unmask] Acceptable electronic
formats include: Postscript, HTML, PDF, LaTeX, RTF, and SGML (this last one
should be accompanied by an appropriate DTD or style file). Alternatively,
send 4 hard copies of the paper to:

Innes A. Ferguson
Digital Library Group
Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.
17th Floor, Centre Point
103 New Oxford St.
London, WC1A 1EB, UK.

Submission deadline is February 14, 1997.


February 14, 1997       Submission deadline for papers
March 17, 1997          Author notification
April 11, 1997          Final camera ready copies due
April 30, 1997          Provisional list of participants due
August 24, 1997         Day of Workshop (Nagoya Congress Center)

The workshop activities will commence via an email discussion two months
before IJCAI-97. From this phase a number of provisional discussion topics
will be identified and submitted back to the confirmed participants. After
the workshop, authors of the best papers will be invited to submit longer
versions of their submissions for publication in a suitable journal or book.
In addition, an article summarizing the notes and results of the workshop
will be submitted to an appropriate and widely read publication.

Organizing Committee

* Robin Burke (University of Chicago, USA)
* Ed Durfee (University of Michigan, USA)
* Innes Ferguson (chair) (Mitsubishi Electric Europe, UK, [log in to unmask])
* Hiroyuki Kaji (Hitachi-Central Research Laboratory, Japan)
* Grigoris Karakoulas (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Canada)
* Craig Knoblock (University of Southern California, USA)
* Bruce Krulwich (AgentSoft Ltd., Israel)
* David Lewis (AT&T Labs-Research, USA)
* Elizabeth Liddy (Syracuse University, USA)
* Stephen Marsh (National Research Council, Canada)
* Carlo Meghini (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)
* Shigeo Sugimoto (University of Library and Information Science, Japan)

An html version of this call for papers is available at:

Innes A. Ferguson                       [log in to unmask]
Mitsubishi Electric Digital Library
International House, 4th Floor
Ealing Broadway Centre                  +44 181 579-6368 (tel)
London W5 5DB, UK                       +44 181 579-6443 (fax)