Advances in Digital Technologies

Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies ICADIWT 2017

Web technology is ubiquitous in modern life, enabling various forms of communication in real time between the users and computers, as well as between network devices, by means of artificial (markup) languages and cascading style sheets (CSS). Multimedia packages implemented in the WWW can also further expand the user groups to include, for example, the amblyopic or the hearing-impaired. According to Microsoft, Web technology also encompasses Web servers and programming languages for building Web applications. But such a breathtaking development that meets dynamically changing new emerging networking standards demands a large-scale infrastructure that will enable us to access digital information in its every form, whatever its purpose.

This book presents 20 papers and 3 keynote speeches from the 8th International Conference on Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT 2017), held at the Universidad Autόnoma de Ciudad Juárez, Juárez City, Chihuahua, Mexico, in March 2017. Over the years, the ICADIWT conference has created its own research community of participants from many countries, who attend the event each year to demonstrate and discuss their research findings. The community is growing every year.

The scope of the ICADIWT 2017 conference covers a wide range of research areas, and the papers in the book are divided into 7 subject areas: pattern recognition; distributed computing; mobile technologies; digital technologies for aerospace; medical systems applications; system engineering; and control systems.

Editors: Mizera-Pietraszko, J., Rodriguez Jorge, R., Almazo Pérez, D.M., Pichappan, P.
Pages: 284
Binding: softcover
Volume 295 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-772-6
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-773-3

Legal Knowledge and Information Systems

JURIX 2016: The Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference

As with almost every other part of our daily lives, information technology is now indispensable in the legal sphere. The variety of applications has grown, keeping pace with developments in the wider field of artificial intelligence: logic and argument have been joined by statistical methods and data, and knowledge engineering has been enriched by machine learning.

This book presents the papers delivered at the 29th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems – JURIX 2016, held in Nice, France, in December 2016. From the 56 submissions received for the conference, 11 were selected for publication as full papers, 10 as short papers, and 10 as posters, which are included in the proceedings for the first time. The papers address a wide range of topics at the interface of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Law, such as argumentation, norms and evidence, network science, information retrieval, and natural language processing. Many of the theories and technologies explored in the papers are drawn from real-life materials, including cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights, Dutch and Greek legal texts, and international investment agreements and contracts.

Reflecting the many facets and the interdisciplinary character of AI and Law, the book will be of interest to all those whose work involves them in these fields.

Editors: Bex, F., Villata, S.
Pages: 232
Binding: softcover
Volume 294 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-725-2
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-726-9

Fuzzy Systems and Data Mining Ⅱ

Fuzzy systems and data mining are now an essential part of information technology and data management, with applications affecting every imaginable aspect of our daily lives. This book contains 81 selected papers from those accepted and presented at the 2nd international conference on Fuzzy Systems and Data Mining (FSDM2016), held in Macau, China, in December 2016.

This annual conference focuses on 4 main groups of topics: fuzzy theory, algorithm and system; fuzzy applications; the interdisciplinary field of fuzzy logic and data mining; and data mining, and the event provided a forum where more than 100 qualified, high-level researchers and experts from over 20 countries, including 4 keynote speakers, gathered to create an important platform for researchers and engineers worldwide to engage in academic communication.

All the papers collected here present original ideas, methods and results of general significance supported by clear reasoning and compelling evidence, and as such the book represents a valuable and wide ranging reference resource of interest to all those whose work involves fuzzy systems and data mining.

Editors: Sun, S.L., Tallón-Ballesteros, A.J., Pamučar, D.S., Liu, F.
Pages: 652
Binding: softcover
Volume 293 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-721-4
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-722-1

Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXVIII

Information modelling and knowledge bases are now essential, not only to academics working in computer science, but also wherever information technology is applied.

This book presents papers from the 26th International Conference on Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases (formerly the European Japanese Conference – EJC), which took place in Tampere, Finland, in June 2016. The conference provides a platform to bring together researchers and practitioners working with information modelling and knowledge bases, and the 33 accepted papers cover topics including: conceptual modelling; knowledge and information modelling and discovery; linguistic modelling; cross-cultural communication and social computing; environmental modelling and engineering; and multimedia data modelling and systems. All papers were improved and resubmitted for publication after the conference.

Covering state-of- the-art research and practice, the book will be of interest to all those whose work involves information modelling and knowledge bases.

Editors: Jaakkola, H., Thalheim, B., Kiyoki, Y., Yoshida, N.
Pages: 496
Binding: hardcover
Volume 292 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-719-1
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-720-7

Databases and Information Systems IX

Selected Papers from the Twelfth International Baltic Conference, DB&IS 2016

Databases and information systems are now indispensable for the day-to-day functioning of businesses and society.

This book presents 25 selected papers from those delivered at the 12th International Baltic Conference on Databases and Information Systems 2016 (DB&IS 2016), held in Riga, Latvia, in July 2016. Since it began in 1994, this biennial conference has become an international forum for researchers and developers in the field of databases, information systems and related areas, and the papers collected here cover a wide spectrum of topics related to the development of information systems and data processing. These include: the development of ontology applications; tools, technologies and languages for model-driven development; decision support systems and data mining; natural language processing and building linguistic components of information systems; advanced systems and technologies related to information systems, databases and information technologies in teaching and learning.

The book will be of interest to all those whose work involves the design, application and use of databases and information systems.

Editors: Arnicans, G., Arnicane, V., Borzovs, J., Niedrite, L.
Pages: 376
Binding: softcover
Volume 291 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-713-9
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-714-6

What Social Robots Can and Should Do

Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2016 / TRANSOR 2016

Social robotics drives a technological revolution of possibly unprecedented disruptive potential, both at the socio-economic and the socio-cultural level. The rapid development of the robotics market calls for a concerted effort across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines to understand the transformative potential of human-robot interaction. This effort cannot succeed without the special expertise in the study of socio-cultural interactions, norms, and values that humanities research provides.

This book contains the proceedings of the conference “What Social Robots Can and Should Do,” Robophilosophy 2016 / TRANSOR 2016, held in Aarhus, Denmark, in October 2016. The conference is the second event in the biennial Robophilosophy conference series, this time combined with an event of the Research Network for Transdisciplinary Studies in Social Robotics (TRANSOR). Featuring 13 plenaries and 74 session and workshop talks, the event turned out to be the world’s largest conference in Humanities research in and on social robotics.

The book is divided into 3 sections: Part I and Part III contain the abstracts of plenary lectures and contributions to 6 workshops: Artificial Empathy; Co-Designing Children Robot Interaction; Human-Robot Joint Action; Phronesis for Machine Ethics?; Robots in the Wild; and Responsible Robotics. Part II contains short papers for presentations in 7 thematically organized sessions: methodological issues; ethical tasks and implications; emotions in human robot interactions; education, art and innovation; artificial meaning and rationality; social norms and robot sociality; and perceptions of social robots.

The book will be of interest to researchers in philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, robotics, computer science, and art. Since all contributions are prepared for an interdisciplinary readership, they are highly accessible and will be of interest to policy makers and educators who wish to gauge the challenges and potentials of putting robots in society.

Editors: Seibt, J., Nørskov, M., Schack Andersen, S.
Pages: 424
Binding: softcover
Volume 290 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-707-8
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-708-5

Human Language Technologies – The Baltic Perspective

Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference Baltic HLT 2016

Throughout the last decade, the Baltic states have played an active role in regional and international language technology activities, supporting less-resourced languages in the digital age.

This book presents the proceedings of the 7th International Conference: Human Language Technologies – The Baltic Perspective (Baltic HLT 2016), held in Riga, Latvia, in October 2016. Baltic HLT 2016 provided a forum for sharing ideas and recent advances in human language processing with a special focus on less-resourced languages. Papers selected for the conference cover a wide range of topics, including a general overview of language technology progress in the Baltic states, actual research topics in written and spoken language processing, the creation of language resources and their applications, and proposals for a European language platform. The book is divided into five sections: overview; speech technologies and corpora; machine translation; written language resources; and methods and tools for language processing.

The book will be a useful resource, not only for Baltic language researchers, but also for those working with other less-resourced languages in Europe and beyond.

Editors: Skadiņa, I., Rozis, R.
Pages: 188
Binding: softcover
Volume 289 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-700-9
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-701-6

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


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