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

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


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


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