Computational Models of Argument

Proceedings of COMMA 2014.

Argumentation, which has long been a topic of study in philosophy, has become a well-established aspect of computing science in the last 20 years.

This book presents the proceedings of the fifth conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA), held in Pitlochry, Scotland in September 2014. Work on argumentation is broad, but the COMMA community is distinguished by virtue of its focus on the computational and mathematical aspects of the subject. This focus aims to ensure that methods are sound – that they identify arguments that are correct in some sense – and provide an unambiguous specification for implementation; producing programs that reason in the correct way and building systems capable of natural argument or of recognizing argument.

The book contains 24 long papers and 18 short papers, and the 21 demonstrations presented at the conference are represented in the proceedings either by an extended abstract or by association with another paper.

The book will be of interest to all those whose work involves argumentation as it relates to artificial intelligence.

Volume: 266 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Editors: Parsons, S., Oren, N., Reed, C., Cerutti, F.
September 2014, 500pp., hardcover
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-435-0
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-436-7
Price: €145 / US$199 / £123

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New Trends in Software Methodologies, Tools and Techniques

SoMeT 2014

Proceedings of the Thirteenth SoMeT_14

Software is the essential enabling means for science and the new economy. It helps us to create a more reliable, flexible and robust society. But software often falls short of our expectations. Current methodologies, tools, and techniques remain expensive and are not yet sufficiently reliable, while many promising approaches have proved to be no more than case-by-case oriented methods.

This book contains extensively reviewed papers from the thirteenth International Conference on New Trends in software Methodology, Tools and Techniques (SoMeT_14), held in Langkawi, Malaysia, in September 2014. The conference provides an opportunity for scholars from the international research community to discuss and share research experiences of new software methodologies and techniques, and the contributions presented here address issues ranging from research practices and techniques and methodologies to proposing and reporting solutions for global world business. The emphasis has been on human-centric software methodologies, end-user development techniques and emotional reasoning, for an optimally harmonized performance between the design tool and the user. Topics covered include the handling of cognitive issues in software development to adapt it to the user's mental state and intelligent software design in software utilizing new aspects on conceptual ontology and semantics reflected on knowledge base system models.

This book provides an opportunity for the software science community to show where we are today and where the future may take us.

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Volume 265 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Editors: Fujita, H., Selamat, A., Haron, H.
September 2014, 1128 pp., hardcover
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-433-6
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-434-3

ECAI 2014

ECAI 2014

21st European Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Proceedings of ECAI 2014. The role of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in fields as diverse as medicine, economics, linguistics, logical analysis and industry continues to grow in scope and importance. AI has become integral to the effective functioning of much of the technical infrastructure we all now take for granted as part of our daily lives.

This book presents the papers from the 21st biennial European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, ECAI 2014, held in Prague, Czech Republic, in August 2014. The ECAI conference remains Europe's principal opportunity for researchers and practitioners of Artificial Intelligence to gather and to discuss the latest trends and challenges in all subfields of AI, as well as to demonstrate innovative applications and uses of advanced AI technology.

Included here are the 158 long papers and 94 short papers selected for presentation at the conference. Many of the papers cover the fields of knowledge representation, reasoning and logic as well as agent-based and multi-agent systems, machine learning, and data mining.

The proceedings of PAIS 2014 and the PAIS System Demonstrations are also included in this volume, which will be of interest to all those wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of AI.

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Volume 263 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Schaub, T., Friedrich, G., O'Sullivan, B.
August 2014, 1264 pp., softcover
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-418-3
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-419-0
Price: US$340 / €235



Proceedings of the 7th European Starting AI Researcher Symposium

Artificial Intelligence is a field which continues to expand and develop rapidly, and so it is also one in which original ideas and fresh perspectives are of particular interest. The Starting AI Researcher Symposium (STAIRS) is an international meeting which supports Ph.D. students and those who have held a Ph.D. for less than one year, from all over the world, at the start of their career. The symposium offers doctoral students and young postdoctoral AI fellows the chance to experience delivering a presentation of their work in a supportive environment.

This book presents papers from the Seventh STAIRS, a satellite event of the 21st European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) held in Prague, Czech Republic, in August 2014. The book includes 30 papers accepted for presentation at the conference, out of 45 submissions. 16 papers were selected for an oral presentation at the symposium, while the other 14 were presented at a poster session. Together these papers cover the field of AI; knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, planning and scheduling being the areas which have attracted the largest number of submissions.

The book provides a fascinating preview of the current work of future AI researchers, and will be of interest to all those whose work involves the use of artificial intelligence and intelligent systems.

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Volume 264 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Endriss, U., Leite, J.
August 2014, 316 pp., hardcover
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-420-6
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-421-3
Price: US$174 / €120

Smart Digital Futures 2014

Smart Digital Futures 2014

The interdisciplinary field of smart digital systems is crucial to modern computer science, encompassing artificial intelligence, information systems and engineering. For over a decade, the mission of KES International has been to provide publication opportunities for all those who work in knowledge intensive subjects. The conferences they run worldwide are aimed at facilitating the dissemination, transfer, sharing and brokerage of knowledge in a number of leading edge technologies.

This book presents some 80 papers selected after peer review for inclusion in three KES conferences, held as part of the Smart Digital Futures 2014 (SDF-14) multi-theme conference in Chania, Greece, in June 2014. The three conferences are: Intelligent Decision Technologies (KES-IDT-14), Intelligence Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services (KES-IIMSS-14), and Smart Technology-based Education and Training (KES-STET-14).

The book will be of interest to all those whose work involves the development and application of intelligent digital systems.

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Volume 262 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Neves-Silva, R., Tsihrintzis, G.A., Uskov, V., Howlett, R.J., Jain, L.C.
June 2014, 808 pp., hardcover
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-404-6
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-405-3
Price: US$268 / €185

DSS 2.0 – Supporting Decision Making With New Technologies

DSS 2.0 – Supporting Decision Making With New Technologies

Advances in technology have resulted in new and advanced methods to support decision-making. For example, artificial intelligence has enabled people to make better decisions through the use of Intelligent Decision Support Systems (DSS). Emerging research in DSS demonstrates that decision makers can operate in a more timely manner using real-time data, more accurately due to data mining and 'big data' methods, more strategically by considering a greater number of factors, more precisely and inclusively due to the availability of social networking data, and with a wider media reach with video and audio technology.

This book presents the proceedings of the IFIP TC8/Working Group 8.3 conference held at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France, in June 2014. Throughout its history the conference has aimed to present the latest innovations and achievements in Decision Support Systems. This year the conference looks to the next generation with the theme of new technologies to enable DSS2.0. The topics covered include theoretical, empirical and design science research; case-based approaches in decision support systems; decision models in the real-world; healthcare information technology; decision making theory; knowledge management; knowledge and resource discovery; business intelligence; group decision support systems; collaborative decision making; analytics and ‘big data’; rich language for decision support; multimedia tools for DSS; Web 2.0 systems in decision support; context-based technologies for decision making; intelligent systems and technologies in decision support; organizational decision support; research methods in DSS 2.0; mobile DSS; competing on analytics; and social media analytics.

The book will be of interest to all those who develop or use Decision Support Systems. The variety of methods and applications illustrated by this international group of carefully reviewed papers should provide ideas and directions for future researchers and practitioners alike.

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Volume 261 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Phillips-Wren, G.E., Carlsson, S., Respício, A., Brezillon, P.
June 2014, 604 pp., hardcover
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-398-8
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-399-5
Price: US$210 / €145

Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXV

Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXV

Because of our ever increasing use of and reliance on technology and information systems, information modelling and knowledge bases continue to be important topics in those academic communities concerned with data handling and computer science. As the information itself becomes more complex, so do the levels of abstraction and the databases themselves.

This book is part of the series Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases, which concentrates on a variety of themes in the important domains of conceptual modeling, design and specification of information systems, multimedia information modeling, multimedia systems, ontology, software engineering, knowledge and process management, knowledge bases, cross-cultural communication and context modeling. Theoretical disciplines, including cognitive science, artificial intelligence, logic, linguistics and analytical philosophy, also receive attention.

The selected papers presented here cover many areas of information modeling and knowledge bases including: theory of concepts, semantic computing, data mining, context-based information retrieval, ontological technology, image databases, temporal and spatial databases, document data management, software engineering, cross-cultural computing, environmental analysis, social networks, WWW information management, and many others. This new publication also contains papers initiated by the panels on: “Cross-cultural Communication with Icons and Images” and “Conceptual Modelling of Collaboration for Information Systems”. The book will be of interest to all those interested in advances in research and applications in the academic disciplines concerned.

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Volume 260 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Tokuda, T., Kiyoki, Y., Jaakkola, H., Yoshida, N.
February 2014, 336 pp., hardcover
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-360-5
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-361-2
Price: US$174 / €120

Legal Knowledge and Information Systems

Legal Knowledge and Information Systems

JURIX 2013: The Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference

In the same way that it has become part of all our lives, computer technology is now integral to the work of the legal profession. The JURIX Foundation has been organizing annual international conferences in the area of computer science and law since 1988, and continues to support cutting-edge research and applications at the interface between law and computer technology.

This book contains the 16 full papers and 6 short papers presented at the 26th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2013), held in December 2013 in Bologna, Italy. The papers cover a wide range of research topics and application areas concerning the advanced management of legal information and knowledge, including computational techniques for: classifying and extracting information from, and detecting conflicts in, regulatory texts; modeling legal argumentation and representing case narratives; improving the retrieval of legal information and extracting information from legal case texts; conducting e-discovery; and, applications involving intellectual property and IP licensing, online dispute resolution, delivering legal aid to the public and organizing the administration of local law and regulations.

The book will be of interest to all those associated with the legal profession whose work involves the use of computer technology.

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Volume 259 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Ashley, K.D.
December 2013, 200 pp., hardcover
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-358-2
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-359-9
Price: US$160 / €110

Computational Dependency Theory

Computational Dependency Theory

Dependencies – directed labeled graph structures representing hierarchical relations between morphemes, words, and semantic units – are the standard representation in many fields of computational linguistics. The linguistic significance of these structures often remains vague, however, and those working in the field stress the need for the development of a common notational and formal basis. Although dependency analysis has become quasi-hegemonic in Natural Language Processing (NLP), the connection between computational linguistics and dependency linguists remains sporadic. But theoretical dependency linguists and computational linguists have much to share.

This book presents papers from the International Conference on Dependency Linguistics (Depling 2011) held in Barcelona, Spain, in September 2011. Beginning with what may be the first formal definition of dependency structure, the book continues with papers covering subjects such as: the interface of the syntactic structures with semantics; mapping semantic structures to text surface by means of statistical language generation; formalization of dependency; advances in dependency parsing; and the link between statistical and rule-based dependency parsing.

This comprehensive collection gives a coherent overview of recent advances in the interplay of linguistics and natural language engineering around dependency grammars, ranging from definitional challenges of syntactic functions to formal grammars, tree bank development, and parsing issues.

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Volume 258 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Gerdes, K., Hajičová, E., Wanner, L
January 2014, 256pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-61499-351-3
Price: US$174 / €120

SCAI 2013

Twelfth Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Proceedings of the 12th Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has become so much a part of everyday life that it is now hard to imagine a world without it.

This book presents papers from the 12th Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence (SCAI), held in Aalborg, Denmark in November 2013. The SCAI conference is the main biennial platform for the AI research community in Scandinavia, and the papers collected here not only include contributions from Scandinavia, but also from other European and non-European countries.

Topics cover the entire range of AI, with a particularly focus on machine learning and knowledge representation, as well as uncertainty in AI and applications.

In addition to the 28 regular papers, extended abstracts of the presentations made by Ph.D. students of their research-in-progress to a panel of experts in the doctoral symposium – a new feature at this conference – are also included here.

This book will be of interest to all those who wish to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in artificial intelligence.

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Volume 257 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Jaeger, M. , Nielsen, T.D. , Viappiani, P.
October 2013, 324pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-61499-329-2
Price: US$174 / €120


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