Knowledge of the Law in the Big Data Age

The changes brought about by digital technology and the consequent explosion of information known as Big Data have brought opportunities and challenges in all areas of society, and the law is no exception.

This book, Knowledge of the Law in the Big Data Age contains a selection of the papers presented at the conference ‘Law via the Internet 2018’, held in Florence, Italy, on 11-12 October 2018. This annual conference of the ‘Free Access to Law Movement’ ( hosted more than 60 international speakers from universities, government and research bodies as well as EU institutions.

Topics covered range from free access to law and Big Data and data analytics in the legal domain, to policy issues concerning access, publishing and the dissemination of legal information, tools to support democratic participation and opportunities for digital democracy. The book is divided into 3 sections: Part I provides an introductory background, covering aspects such as the evolution of legal science and models for representing the law; Part II addresses the present and future of access to law and to various legal information sources; and Part III covers updates in projects, initiatives, and concrete achievements in the field.

The book provides an overview of the practical implementation of legal information systems and the tools to manage this special kind of information, as well as some of the critical issues which must be faced, and will be of interest to all those working at the intersection of law and technology.

Editors: Peruginelli, G., Faro, S.
Pages: 304
Binding: softcover
Volume 317 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-984-3
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-985-0

Ontology Makes Sense

Essays in honor of Nicola Guarino

Nicola Guarino is widely recognized as one of the founders of applied ontology. His deep interest in the subtlest details of theoretical analysis and his vision of ontology as the Rosetta Stone for semantic interoperability guided the development and understanding of this domain. His motivations in research stem from the conviction that all science must be for the benefit of society at large, and his motto has always been that ontologies are not just for making information systems interoperable, but – more importantly – for ensuring that systems’ users understand each other. He was among the first to recognize that applied ontology must be an interdisciplinary enterprise if it is to capture the intended meaning of the terms used by an information system.

This book is a collection of essays written in homage to Nicola Guarino; a tribute to his many scientific contributions to the discipline of applied ontology. The papers presented here reflect the wide variety of research topics that marked Nicola's impact on the applied ontology community. They are grouped according to the five general areas addressed by Nicola in his career: what is an ontology; knowledge engineering; ontologies and language; ontological categories and relationships; and ontologies and applications.

Nicola Guarino's work and dedication will undoubtedly continue to influence the applied ontology community, and this book will be of interest to the many researchers aiming to establish ontologically sound bases for their research areas.

Editors: Borgo, S., Ferrario, R., Masolo, C., Vieu, L.
Pages: 308
Binding: hardcover
Volume 316 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-954-6
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-955-3

Databases and Information Systems X

Selected Papers from the Thirteenth International Baltic Conference, DB&IS 2018

The importance of databases and information systems to the functioning of 21st century life is indisputable.

This book presents papers from the 13th International Baltic Conference on Databases and Information Systems, held in Trakai, Lithuania, from 1- 4 July 2018. Since the first of these events in 1994, the Baltic DB&IS has proved itself to be an excellent forum for researchers, practitioners and PhD students to deliver and share their research in the field of advanced information systems, databases and related areas.

For the 2018 conference, 69 submissions were received from 15 countries. Each paper was assigned for review to at least three referees from different countries. Following review, 24 regular papers were accepted for presentation at the conference, and from these presented papers the 14 best-revised papers have been selected for publication in this volume, together with a preface and three invited papers written by leading experts. The selected revised and extended papers present original research results in a number of subject areas: information systems, requirements and ontology engineering; advanced database systems; internet of things; big data analysis; cognitive computing; and applications and case studies.

These results will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field, and will be of interest to all those working with advanced information systems, databases and related areas.

Editors: Lupeikiene, A., Vasilecas, O., Dzemyda, G.
Pages: 296
Binding: softcover
Volume 315 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-940-9
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-941-6

Information Technology and Intelligent Transportation Systems

Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Technology and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITITS 2018) Xi’an, China, September 15-16, 2018

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are the model for integrating advanced information technology, data communication transmission technology, electronic sensing technology, control technology and computer technology into a comprehensive ground traffic management system. They are the direction of development for future transportation systems.

This book presents the proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Technology and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITITS 2018), held in Xi’an, China, on 15-16 September 2018. The conference provides a platform for professionals and researchers from industry and academia to present and discuss recent advances in the field of information technology and intelligent transportation systems. Intelligent transport systems vary in the technologies they apply, from basic management systems to more application-based systems. Information technology – including wireless communication, computational technologies, floating car data/floating cellular data, sensor technologies, and video vehicle detection – is also intrinsic to intelligent transportation systems. All papers were reviewed by 3-4 referees, and the program chairs of the conference committee made their selections based on the score of each paper. This year, ITITS 2018 received more than 168 papers from 4 countries, of which 41 papers were accepted.

Offering a state-of-the-art overview of the theoretical and applied topics related to ITS, this book will be of interest to all those working in the field.

Editors: Jain, L.C., Zhao, X., Balas, V.E., Shi, F.
Pages: 396
Binding: softcover
Volume 314 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-938-6
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-939-3

Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXX

Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases (EJC2018)

Information modeling and knowledge bases have become essential subjects in the last three decades, not only in academic communities related to information systems and computer science, but also in the areas of business where information technology is applied.

This book presents the proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases (EJC2018), held in Riga, Latvia from 4–8 June 2018. The aim of the conference was to bring together experts with a common interest in the understanding and solving of problems on information modelling and knowledge bases, as well as those from different areas of computer science and other disciplines who apply the results of research to practice. The 39 accepted papers collected here cover a variety of topics, including: conceptual modeling; knowledge and information modeling and discovery; linguistic modeling; cross-cultural communication and social computing; multimedia data modeling and systems; and environmental modeling and engineering.

The book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners alike, and to anyone wanting a better understanding of current advances in information technology.

Editors: Endrjukaite, T., Dudko, A., Jaakkola, H., Thalheim, B., Kiyoki, Y., Yoshida, N.
Pages: 566
Binding: softcover
Volume 312 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-932-4
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-933-1

Legal Knowledge and Information Systems

JURIX 2018: The Thirty-first Annual Conference

Artificial intelligence as applied to the legal domain has gained momentum thanks to the large, annotated corporate legal and case-law collections, human chats, and social media information now available in open data. Often represented in XML or other Semantic Web technologies, these now make it possible to use the AI theory developed by the JURIX community in over thirty years of research. Innovative machine and deep-learning techniques with which to classify legal texts and detect terms, principles, concepts, evidence, named entities, and rules are also emerging, and the last five years have seen a gradual increase in their practical application.

This book presents papers from the 31st International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2018), held in Groningen, the Netherlands, in December 2018. The support of the Dutch Foundation for Legal Knowledge Based Systems for the JURIX conference has transformed a domestic workshop into an international event, with theoretical contributions, applied work, demo prototypes, a hackathon, and a doctoral consortium. Of the 72 submissions received, 17 full papers and 11 short papers were selected for publication, representing an acceptance rate of approximately 38%.

Machine learning for the legal domain prevails in the JURIX 2018 program, with traditional research mainstreams concerning legal reasoning and argumentation, natural-language processing, legal-text retrieval, and legal semantic modelling. An emerging topic is blockchain, which has graduated from the workshop area to the main program. The book offers an overview of the ways in which innovative information technologies are merging with legal theory, argumentation, and practice.

Editors: Palmirani, M.
Pages: 244
Binding: softcover
Volume 313 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-934-8
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-935-5

Envisioning Robots in Society – Power, Politics, and Public Space

Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2018 / TRANSOR 2018

Robots are predicted to play a role in many aspects of our lives in the future, affecting work, personal relationships, education, business, law, medicine and the arts. As they become increasingly intelligent, autonomous, and communicative, they will be able to function in ever more complex physical and social surroundings, transforming the practices, organizations, and societies in which they are embedded.

This book presents the proceedings of the Robophilosophy 2018 conference, held in Vienna, Austria, from 14 to 7 February 2018. The third event in the Robophilosophy Conference Series, the conference was entitled Envisioning Robots in Society – Politics, Power, and Public Space. It focused on the societal, economic, and political issues related to social robotics. The book is divided into two parts and an Epilogue. Part I, entitled Keynotes, contains abstracts of the keynotes and two longer papers. Part II is divided into 7 subject sections containing 37 papers. Subjects covered include robots in public spaces; politics and law; work and business; military robotics; and policy.

The book provides an overview of the questions, answers, and approaches that are currently at the heart of both academic and public discussions. The contributions collected here will be of interest to researchers and policy makers alike, as well as other stakeholders.

Editors: Coeckelbergh, M., Loh, J., Funk, M., Seibt, J., Nørskov, M.
Pages: 404
Binding: softcover
Volume 311of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-930-0
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-931-7

Applications of Intelligent Systems

Proceedings of the 1st International APPIS Conference 2018

The deployment of intelligent systems to tackle complex processes is now commonplace in many fields from medicine and agriculture to industry and tourism.

This book presents scientific contributions from the 1st International Conference on Applications of Intelligent Systems (APPIS 2018) held at the Museo Elder in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, from 10 to 12 January 2018. The aim of APPIS 2018 was to bring together scientists working on the development of intelligent computer systems and methods for machine learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, and related techniques with an emphasis on their application to various problems.

The 34 peer-reviewed papers included here cover an extraordinarily wide variety of topics – everything from semi-supervised learning to matching electro-chemical sensor information with human odor perception – but what they all have in common is the design and application of intelligent systems and their role in tackling diverse and complex challenges.

The book will be of particular interest to all those involved in the development and application of intelligent systems.

Editors: Petkov, N., Strisciuglio, N., Travieso-González, C.M.
Pages: 368
Binding: softcover
Volume 310 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-928-7
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-929-4

Fuzzy Systems and Data Mining IV

Proceedings of FSDM 2018

Big Data Analytics is on the rise in the last years of the current decade. Data are overwhelming the computation capacity of high performance servers. Cloud, grid, edge and fog computing are a few examples of the current hype. Computational Intelligence offers two faces to deal with the development of models: on the one hand, the crisp approach, which considers for every variable an exact value and, on the other hand, the fuzzy focus, which copes with values between two boundaries.

This book presents 114 papers from the 4th International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Data Mining (FSDM 2018), held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 16 to 19 November 2018. All papers were carefully reviewed by program committee members, who took into consideration the breadth and depth of the research topics that fall within the scope of FSDM. The acceptance rate was 32.85%.

Offering a state-of-the-art overview of fuzzy systems and data mining, the publication will be of interest to all those whose work involves data science.

Editors: Tallón-Ballesteros, A.J., Li, K.
Pages: 988
Binding: softcover
Volume 309 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-926-3
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-927-0

Artificial Intelligence Research and Development

Current Challenges, New Trends and Applications

It is almost impossible today to find an economic sector or aspect of society which does not involve AI techniques in some way. This pervasive technology has become indispensible in a multitude of ways, from supporting decision making to managing digital devices such as smart sensors, mechanical arms or artificial eyes. The ability of AI to emulate intelligence in the resolution of challenging problems has placed it at the centre of problem solving in all areas of our society.

This book presents contributions from CCIA 2018, the 21st International Conference of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence which took place in Alt Empordà, Catalonia, Spain, on 8-10th October 2018. The book aims to provide a picture of what is being achieved and what is under development in AI today. As such, its contents represent the diversity of approaches and applications currently being researched, but it also presents invited contributions which deal with some of the challenges that will have to be faced in the decade to come. The contributions included in this book are organized under the following headings: logic, satisfiability and fuzzy sets; classifiers, networks and machine learning; data science, recommender systems and case-based reasoning; natural language and sound processing; cognitive systems and agents; and computer vision and robotics. The book also covers a number of current AI challenges and new trends like big data, spatial problem solving, ethics and AI, and how blockchain impacts AI.

Providing an up-to-the-minute overview of current AI technology and research, this book will be of value to all those with an interest in the subject.

Editors: Falomir, Z., Gibert, K., Plaza, E.
Pages: 420
Binding: softcover
Volume 308 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-61499-917-1
ISBN online: 978-1-61499-918-8


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