FOIS 2012

Formal Ontology in Information Systems
Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference

The complex information systems which have evolved in recent decades rely on robust and coherent representations in order to function. Such representations and associated reasoning techniques constitute the modern discipline of formal ontology, which is now applied to fields such as artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, bioinformatics, GIS, conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering, information retrieval, and the semantic web. Ontologies are increasingly employed in a number of complex real-world application domains. For instance, in biology and medicine, more and more principle-based ontologies are being developed for the description of biological and biomedical phenomena. To be effective, such ontologies must work well together, and as they become more widely used, achieving coordinated development presents a significant challenge.

This book presents collected articles from the 7th International Conference on Formal Ontologies (FOIS), held in Graz, Austria, in July 2012. FOIS is a forum which brings together representatives of all major communities involved in the development and application of ontologies to explore both theoretical issues and concrete applications in the field. The book is organized in eight sections, each of which deals with the ontological aspects of: bioinformatics; physical entities; artifacts and human resources; ontology evaluation; language and social relations; time and events; representation and the methodological aspects of ontological engineering.

Providing a current overview of developments in formal ontology, this book will be of interest to all those whose work involves the application of ontologies, and to anybody wishing to keep abreast of advances in the field.

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Volume 239 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Donnelly, M., Guizzardi, G.
July 2012, 368 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-61499-083-3
Price: US$174 / €120

DSS 2012

Fusing Decision Support Systems into the Fabric of the Context

The field of Information Systems has been shifting from an ‘immersion view’, which relies on the immersion of information technology (IT) as part of the business environment, to a ‘fusion view’ in which IT is fused within the business environment, forming a unified fabric that integrates work and personal life, as well as personal and public information. In the context of this fusion view, decision support systems should achieve a total alignment with the context and the personal preferences of users. The advantage of such a view is an opportunity of seamless integration between enterprise environments and decision support system components. Thus, researchers and practitioners have to address the challenges of dealing with this shift in viewpoint and its consequences for decision making and decision support systems theories and applications.
This book presents the latest innovations and advances in decision support systems with a special focus on the fusion view. These achievements will be of interest to all those involved and interested in decision making practice and research, as well as, more generally, in the fusion view of modern information systems. The book covers a wide range of topical themes including a fusion view of business intelligence and data warehousing, applications of multi-criteria decision analysis, intelligent models and technologies for decision making, knowledge management, decision support approaches and models for emergency management, and medical and other specific domains.

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Volume 238 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Respício, A. and Burstein, F.
June 2012, 480 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-61499-072-7
Price: US$210 / €145

EJC 2011

Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXIII

Information modelling and knowledge bases have become hot topics, not only in academic communities concerned with information systems and computer science, but also wherever information technology is applied in the world of business. This book presents the proceedings of the 21st European-Japanese Conference on Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases (EJC 2011), held in Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2011.

The EJC conferences provide a worldwide forum for researchers and practitioners in the field to exchange results and experiences achieved in computer science and related disciplines such as conceptual analysis, design and specification of information systems, multimedia information modelling, multimedia systems, software engineering, knowledge and process management, cross cultural communication and context modelling. Attention is also paid to theoretical disciplines including cognitive science, artificial intelligence, logic, linguistics and analytical philosophy.

The selected papers (16 full papers, 9 short papers, 2 papers based on panel sessions and 2 on invited presentations), cover a wide range of topics, including database semantics, knowledge representation, software engineering, www information management, context-based information retrieval, ontology, image databases, temporal and spatial databases, document data management, process management, cultural modelling and many others.

Covering many aspects of system modelling and optimization, this book will be of interest to all those working in the field of information modelling and knowledge bases.

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Volume 237 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Henno, J., Kiyoki, Y., Tokuda, T., Jaakkola, H., Yoshida, N.
February 2012, 452 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-991-2
Price: US$210 / €145

WIRN 2011

Neural Nets WIRN11

This book is a collection of selected papers from the 21st WIRN workshop, held in Vietri sul Mare, Italy, in 2011. This workshop is the annual meeting of the Italian Neural Network Society (SIREN) where participants can discuss and analyze the latest challenges in the wider field of neural networks.

The papers, all of which are the peer reviewed original results of the authors, are divided into three groups: applications, models and specific signal processing implementations. These are followed by contributions to the three additional special sessions: models of behavior for human-machine interaction, autonomous machine learning and neuromorphic engineering.

Providing an insight into the latest news and ideas from a group of international experts, this volume will be of value to all those with an interest in neural networks and related fields.

This book is published in the subseries Knowledge-Based Intelligent Engineering Systems (KBIES).

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Volume 234 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Apolloni, B., Bassis, S., Esposito, A., Morabito, C.F.
December 2011, 368 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-971-4
Price: US$174 / €120

From Information To Knowledge 2011

From Information to Knowledge

Access to accurate legal information is of great importance. Certainty of the law, creating the conditions necessary to equality and fairness in a legal system and improving the functioning of democratic institutions, depends upon it. Citizens have a right to information about the laws which govern their conduct and governments have an obligation to enable access to the law by means of all available and practicable tools.

This book presents papers delivered at the workshop ‘From Information to Knowledge - Online Access to Legal Information’, held in Florence, Italy, in May 2011. This workshop brought together experts and research groups with international experience and expertise in realizing effective access to online legal information.

The book explores theories, methodologies and experiences which focus on enabling access to legal information via the Internet. The first section presents contributions which address the issue from a modeling and theoretical point of view, while the second part deals with initiatives and projects which enable access to legal information from different approaches, and by the implementation of various methodologies and tools.

This book will be of interest to all those involved with the dissemination of legal information and the exercise of the rights of citizenship of EU citizens.

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Volume 236 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Biasiotti, M.A. , Faro, S.
December 2011, 164 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-987-5
Price: US$160 / €110

JURIX 2011

Legal Knowledge and Information Systems

The twenty-fourth edition of the JURIX conference will be held in Vienna, Austria on December 14th–16th at the University of Vienna’s Centre for Legal Informatics. The submissions for this volume come from authors from 18 different countries, showing the international appeal of the topic and conference. These proceedings comprise 12 full papers, 7 short papers and 3 research abstracts.

The papers span a wide range of topics on the advanced management of legal information and knowledge, and cover foundational theories as well as developed applications. Covered by the papers is work on: the analysis of court decisions; argumentation and proof standards; information and rule extraction from legal texts; permissions; compliance controls; precedents and legal stories; the structure of law; relevance and authority in law; online dispute resolution; measuring the evolution of the law; applications for legal education; data privacy; and conceptual models of legal reasoning for AI applications.

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Volume 235 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Atkinson, K.M.
December 2011, 184 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-980-6
Price: US$160 / €110

BICA 2011

Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures 2011

This book presents the proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, BICA 2011, which is also the Second Annual Meeting of the BICA Society, held in November 2011 in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

A Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architecture (BICA) is a computational framework for the design of intelligent agents that incorporates formal mechanisms of human or animal cognition. Biology currently provides the only physical examples of cognitive systems at the level of robustness, flexibility, scalability and consciousness that artificial intelligence aspires to achieve.

The main body of this volume consists of more than 70 research papers, position papers and abstracts presented at the BICA 2011 conference, the focus of which was on the challenge of replicating the human mind in a computer. The BICA approach to this challenge involves a diverse range of current topics in computer and brain sciences, from artificial intelligence and computational linguistics to cognitive modeling and system neuroscience, all represented here. This main body is followed by two supplementary parts: a manifesto and a review section. The introductory chapter to the book provides a brief overview of its contents.

Papers presented in this volume reflect the transdisciplinary, integrative nature of the BICA approach, while at the same time supporting one overarching emergent agenda. The book will be of interest to anyone involved in, or wishing to learn more about, the field of BICA.

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Volume 233 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Samsonovich, A.V., Jóhannsdóttir, K.R.
November 2011, 504 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-958-5
Price: US$195 / €145

CCIA 2011

Artificial Intelligence Research and Development

This book is a collection of the papers accepted for presentation at the 14th International Conference of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence (CCIA 2011), held at the University of Lleida in October 2011. From the 28 papers submitted, 24 were accepted for inclusion in this book and for oral presentation at the conference after a careful reviewing process. The conference also featured invited talks by two outstanding international researchers: Christian Bessière of CNRS, University of Montpellier, France, and Bart Selman of Cornell University, USA. The CCIA conference brings together researchers from different areas of the Catalan-speaking AI community and promotes cooperation among local research groups. Topics covered include agents and multiagent systems, constraints and satisfiability, evolutionary computing, knowledge representation, machine learning, natural language, planning, reasoning models, robotics, search and uncertainty. This book provides a glimpse of the current AI research in Catalonia and aims to inspire new ideas and further work. It will be of interest to all those working in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

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Volume 232 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Fernández, C., Geffner, H., Manyà, F.
October 2011, 256 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-841-0
Price: US$174 / €120

SoMeT 2011

New Trends in Software Methodologies, Tools and Techniques

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 tenth International Conference on New Trends in software Methodology, Tools and Techniques (SoMeT_11), held in St Petersburg, Russia, in September 2011. 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 231 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Fujita, H., Gavrilova, T.
September 2011, 368 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-830-4
Price: US$189 / €130

WoMO 2011

Modular Ontologies

Modularity has been and continues to be one of the central research topics in ontology engineering, still catching up with 40 years of related research in software engineering. The workshops on Modular Ontologies (WoMO) bring together researchers from different disciplines who study the problem of modularity in ontologies at a fundamental level, develop design tools for distributed ontology engineering, and apply modularity to different use cases and application scenarios.

The contributions in this volume are of interest to researchers, students and practitioners interested in foundations of ontology engineering, ontology languages and tools, and specifically, to research groups working on ontology modularization and integration problems and developing tool support. They should also be of interest to the broader communities of knowledge representation and reasoning, information integration, description logics and ontology languages, distributed systems, to the Semantic Web community, and to the emerging application domains for ontologies such as life sciences, robotics, e-business, ambient intelligence.

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Volume 230 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Edited by: Kutz, O., Schneider, T.
September 2011, 148 pp., hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60750-798-7
Price: US$131 / €90

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