Artificial Intelligence Research and Development

Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, October 19-21, 2016

The Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence (ACIA) was formed in 1994 with the aim of promoting cooperation between researchers in artificial intelligence within the Catalan speaking community. This objective has been achieved and widened since the association held their first conference in 1998, and the annual conference of the association has become an international event presenting and discussing the latest research in AI, which attracts AI researchers from around the world.

This book presents the proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence (CCIA 2016), held in Barcelona, Spain, on 19-21 October. From a total of 50 original contributions, 16 long papers and 22 short papers were accepted for presentation at the conference on the basis of their relevance, originality and technical validity. The book is divided into 7 sections: Invited Talks (synopsis only); Vision and Robotics; Logic, Constraint Satisfaction and Qualitative Theory; Classification and Clustering; Modelling; Planning and Recommender Systems; Lexical Knowledge Representation and Natural Language Processing.

Providing an overview of the latest developments in the field, this book will be of interest to all those whose work involves research into, and the application of, artificial intelligence.

Editors: Nebot, A., Binefa, X., López De Mántaras, R.
Pages: 328
Binding: softcover
Volume 288 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-695-8
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-696-5

Computational Models of Argument

Proceedings of COMMA 2016

Research into computational models of argument is a rich interdisciplinary field involving the study of natural, artificial and theoretical argumentation and requiring openness to interactions with a variety of disciplines, ranging from philosophy and cognitive science to formal logic and graph theory. The ultimate aim is to support the development of computer-based systems able to engage in argumentation-related activities, either with human users or among themselves.

This book presents the proceedings of the sixth biennial International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA 2016), held in Potsdam, Germany, on 12- 16 September. The aim of the COMMA conferences is to bring together researchers interested in computational models of argument and the representation of argumentation structures in natural language texts, with special attention to contributions concerning emerging trends and the development of new connections with other areas.

The book contains the 25 full papers, 17 short papers and 10 demonstration abstracts presented at the conference, together with 3 invited talks. Subjects covered include abstract, bipolar and structured argumentation, quantitative approaches and their connections with formalisms like Bayesian networks and fuzzy logic, multi-agent scenarios, algorithms and solvers, and mining arguments in text, dialogue, and social media.

The book provides an overview of current research and developments in the field of computational models of argument, and will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the field.

Editors: Baroni, P., Gordon, T.F., Scheffler, T., Stede, M.
Pages: 496
Binding: hardcover
Volume 287 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-685-9
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-686-6

New Trends in Software Methodologies, Tools and Techniques

Proceedings of the Fifteenth SoMeT_16

Software has become an essential enabler for science and the economy. Not only does it create new markets and the possibility of a more reliable, flexible and robust society, it also empowers our exploration of the world in ever increasing depth. However software often falls short of our expectations, with current methodologies, tools and techniques remaining insufficiently robust and reliable for constantly changing and evolving needs.

This book presents papers from the 15th International Conference on New Trends in Intelligent Software Methodology Tools and Techniques (SoMeT 16), held in Larnaca, Cyprus, in September 2016. The SoMeT conference focuses on exploring the innovations, controversies and challenges facing the software engineering community, bringing together theory and experience to propose and evaluate solutions to software engineering problems with an emphasis on human-centric software methodologies, end-user development techniques, and emotional reasoning, for an optimally harmonized performance between the design tool and the user. The book is divided into six chapters covering the following areas: decision support systems; software methodologies and tools; requirement engineering; software for biomedicine and bioinformatics; software engineering models, and formal techniques for software representation; and intelligent software development and social networking.

The book explores new trends and theories which illuminate the direction of developments in the field, and will be of interest to all in the software science community.
Editors: Fujita, H., Papadopoulos, G.A.
Pages: 388
Binding: hardcover
Volume 286 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-673-6
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-674-3

ECAI 2016

22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 29 August - 2 September 2016, The Hague, The Netherlands - Including Prestigious Applications of Artificial Intelligence (PAIS 2016)

Artificial Intelligence continues to be one of the most exciting and fast-developing fields of computer science.

This book presents the 177 long papers and 123 short papers accepted for ECAI 2016, the latest edition of the biennial European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Europe’s premier venue for presenting scientific results in AI. The conference was held in The Hague, the Netherlands, from August 29 to September 2, 2016. ECAI 2016 also incorporated the conference on Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems (PAIS) 2016, and the Starting AI Researcher Symposium (STAIRS). The papers from PAIS are included in this volume; the papers from STAIRS are published in a separate volume in the Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (FAIA) series.

Organized by the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) and the Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence (BNVKI), the ECAI conference provides an opportunity for researchers to present and hear about the very best research in contemporary AI. This proceedings will be of interest to all those seeking an overview of the very latest innovations and developments in this field.

Editors: Kaminka, G.A., Fox, M., Bouquet, P., Hüllermeier, E., Dignum, V., Dignum, F., Van Harmelen, F.
Pages: 1860
Binding: softcover
Volume 285 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-671-2
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-672-9

STAIRS 2016

Proceedings of the Eighth European Starting AI Researcher Symposium

As a vibrant area of computer science which continues to develop rapidly, AI is a field in which fresh ideas and new perspectives are of particular interest.

This book presents the proceedings of the 8th European Starting AI Researcher Symposium (STAIRS 2016), held as a satellite event of the 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) in The Hague, the Netherlands, in August 2016. What is unique about the STAIRS symposium is that the principal author of every submitted paper must be a young researcher who either does not yet hold a Ph.D., or who has obtained his Ph.D. during the year before the submission deadline for papers. The book contains 21 accepted papers; Part I includes the 11 long papers which were presented orally at the symposium, and Part II the remaining long and short papers presented in poster sessions.

These papers cover the entire field of AI, with social intelligence and socio-cognitive systems, machine learning and data mining, autonomous agents and multiagent systems, being the areas which attracted the largest number of submissions. There is a good balance between foundational issues and AI applications, and the problems tackled range widely from classical AI themes such as planning and scheduling or natural language processing, to questions related to decision theory and games, as well as to other newly emerging areas.

Providing a tantalizing glimpse of the work of AI researchers of the future, the book will be of interest to all those wishing to keep abreast of this exciting and fascinating field.

Editors: Pearce, D., Pinto, H.S.
Pages: 236
Binding: softcover
Volume 284 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-681-1
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-682-8

Formal Ontology in Information Systems

Proceedings of the 9th International Conference (FOIS 2016)

Ontology, originally a fundamental part of philosophical enquiry, is concerned with the analysis and categorization of what exists. The advent of complex information systems which rely on robust and coherent formal representations of their subject matter has led to a renewed focus on ontological enquiry, and the systematic study of such representations are at the center of the modern discipline of formal ontology. This is now a research focus in domains as diverse as conceptual modeling, database design, software engineering, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, the life sciences, bioinformatics, geographic information science, knowledge engineering, information retrieval and the semantic web.

This book presents the proceedings of the 9th edition of the Formal Ontology in Information Systems conference (FOIS 2016) held in Annecy, France, in July 2016. It contains the 25 full papers delivered at the conference (an acceptance rate of 30.9% for the main track), as well as the abstracts of the 3 keynotes by Gilberto Câmara, Stephen Mumford and Friederike Moltmann. The remainder of the book is divided into the sections: Foundations; Space, Time and Change; Cognition, Language and Semantics; Empiricism and Measurement; Ontology for Engineering; Biomedical Ontologies; and Ontology of Social Reality.

The domains addressed by the papers include geography, biomedicine, economics, social reality and engineering, and the book will be of interest to all those working in these fields, as well as to anybody with an interest in formal ontology.

Editors: Ferrario, R., Kuhn, W.
Pages: 392
Binding: softcover
Volume 283 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-659-0
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-660-6

Advances in Digital Technologies


Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies 2016

The use of digital information and web technologies is now essential to all our lives on a daily basis. In particular, web technologies that enable easy access to digital information in all its forms and regardless of the user’s purpose are extremely important.

This book presents papers from the 7th International Conference on Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT 2016), held in Keelung City, Taiwan, in March 2016. The conference, which has been organized since 2008, is aimed at building the infrastructure necessary for the large-scale development of web technologies, and attracts participants from many countries who attend the conference to demonstrate and discuss their research findings. The 19 full papers presented at the conference have been arranged into 5 sections: networking; fuzzy systems; intelligent information systems; data communication and protection; and cloud computing. Subjects covered fall under areas such as Internet communication, technologies and software; digital communication software and networks; the Internet of things; databases and applications; and many more.

The book will be of interest to all those whose work involves the application of digital information and web technologies.

Editors: Mizera-Pietraszko, J., Chung, Y.-L., Pichappan, P.
Pages: 244
Binding: softcover
Volume 282 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-636-1
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-637-8

Fuzzy System and Data Mining


Proceedings of FSDM 2015

Fuzzy logic is widely used in machine control. The term ‘fuzzy’ refers to the fact that the logic involved can deal with concepts that cannot be expressed as either ‘true’ or ‘false’, but rather as ‘partially true’. Fuzzy set theory is very suitable for modeling the uncertain duration in process simulation, as well as defining the fuzzy goals and fuzzy constraints of decision-making. It has many applications in industry, engineering and social sciences.

This book presents the proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Fuzzy System and Data Mining (FSDM2015), held in Shanghai, China, in December 2015. The application domain covers geography, biology, economics, medicine, the energy industry, social science, logistics, transport, industrial and production engineering, and computer science. The papers presented at the conference focus on topics such as system diagnosis, rule induction, process simulation/control, and decision-making. They include papers on solving practical problems with intelligent algorithms; statistical analysis; classification and clustering; and association rule learning. They also reflect the frontier in data mining research and address the challenges posed to data analytics research by the increasingly large datasets yielded by many application domains, together with new types of unstructured data.

The book provides an overview of the ways in which fuzzy theory and data mining principles are applied in various fields, and will be of interest to all those who work in either the theory or practice of fuzzy systems and data mining.

Editors: Chen, G., Liu, F., Shojafar, M.
Pages: 516
Binding: softcover
Volume 281 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-618-7
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-619-4

Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXVII


EJC 2015

Information modeling has become an increasingly important topic for researchers, designers and users of information systems. In the course of the last three decades, information modeling and knowledge bases have become essential, not only with regard to information systems and computer science in an academic context, but also with the use of information technology for business purposes.

This book presents 29 papers selected and upgraded from those delivered at the 25th International Conference on Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases (EJC 2015), held in Maribor, Slovenia, in June 2015. The aim of the conference is to bring together experts from different areas of computer science and other disciplines, including philosophy and logic, cognitive science, knowledge management, linguistics, and management science, with a view to understanding and solving problems and applying research results to practice. Areas covered by the papers include: conceptual modeling; knowledge and information modeling and discovery; linguistic modeling; cross-cultural communication and social computing; environmental modeling and engineering; and multimedia data modeling and systems.

The book will be of interest to all those whose work involves the development or use of information modeling and knowledge bases.

Editors: Welzer, T., Jaakkola, H., Thalheim, B., Kiyoki, Y., Yoshida, N
Pages: 364
Binding: hardcover
Volume 280 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-610-1
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-611-8

Legal Knowledge and Information Systems


JURIX 2015: The Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference

Computer technology has become an essential part of all our lives, and the legal profession is no exception. For more than 25 years, the annual JURIX conference has provided an international forum for academics and practitioners working at the cutting edge of research into and the application of the interface between law and computer technologies.

This book presents the proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2015), which took place in Braga, Portugal in December 2015. The book contains 14 full papers, nine short papers and nine posters delivered at the conference. These address a wide range of topics in legal informatics, and fall into three main subject areas: theory and foundations of AI and law, focusing on themes such as argumentation, reasoning, and evidence; technology of AI and law, which presents technological advancements and solutions; and applications of AI and law, describing implementations of AI and law technology in real world systems.

The book offers an overview of the ways in which current information technology is relevant to the practice of law, and will be of interest to all those whose work involves legal theory, argumentation and practice.

Editor: Rotolo, A.
Pages: 212
Binding: hardcover
Volume 279 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-608-8
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-609-5

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