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From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 20:02:10 -0500 (EST)
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A whole lot of interesting links in this issue. Apologies to those
who're already subscribed...


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Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 17:51:58 -0500
From: tim finin <finin@cs.umbc.edu>
To: agentnews@cs.umbc.edu
Subject: UMBC AgentNews v7n16 http://agents.umbc.edu/07/16/

UMBC AgentNews   v7n16   http://agents.umbc.edu/07/16/   8 Nov 2002
Recent news from AgentWeb (http://agents.umbc.edu/).

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-- LATEST NEWS ITEMS ----------------------------------------------

IBM wants computers that help themselves -- IBM will announce that it
has established a new Autonomic Computing group, which will act as Big
Blue's hub for research and product development in autonomic
computing. Autonomic computing is IBM's term for computers that
incorporate abilities like self-diagnostics, which give them the
capacity to operate on their own with little need of attention from a
person. (10/21)

Agent Technology Competition -- The Agentcities agent technology
competition submission deadline is now open until 14 November,
2002. (10/14)

Fujitsu robot takes mobile phone commands -- Fujitsu Laboratories has
developed a new robot designed to be remotely controlled by mobile
phone to operate electronic appliances and monitor home security. The
robot, dubbed MARON-1, can take pictures and relay them to the owner's
mobile phone screen and be used as a voice-activated telephone (10/10)

Sony Aibo gets powers of recognition -- Aibo Recognition is a new
application for the Aibo ERS-210A and ERS-210 model that gives an Aibo
the ability to recognize its owner's name, voice and face, as well as
automatically recharge itself. (10/10)

Human brain primed to pick up cheating -- Humans appear to have
developed a brain mechanism to detect social cheating--a universal
alarm bell that sounds when, for example, somebody slips off the
wedding ring before entering a bar or crashes a potluck dinner without
a covered dish. (10/7)

Demagogues and the Prisoner's Dilemma -- Charismatic leaders and media
personalities can be destabilizing influences on social groups,
according to various "small-world network" models. This
conclusion that seems intuitively consistent with historical events
such as civil uprisings and religious movements.
http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRE/v66/e021907 (9/30)

New Jade agent middleware version -- A new release of the open source
Jade software is available.  Version 2.61 includes a security plug in
(JADE-S) and an "intospector agent".  Also available is
support for J2EE applications via BlueJade. (9/30)

Computers that run themselves (Economist) -- An article in the
Economist: "For decades, scientists have concentrated on making
computers more powerful. Now they want to build systems that are smart
enough to look after themselves." (9/30)

-- LATEST DIRECTORY ADDITIONS -------------------------------------

Agent-based Marketplace for Personnel Acquisition -- A project at the
the European University Viadrina in which you can create your own
agents, provide them with your personal preferences, send them out to
negotiate, and watch what they are doing. (11/8)

Ontology Building: A Survey of Editing Tools -- This article on
XML.COM discusses ontologies and the semantic web and includes the
results of an extensive survey of tools for building and maintaining
ontologies. (11/8)

Minsky on the emotional universe -- Marvin Minsky talks about the
nature of the Universe, computer science and intelligence in video and
text. (11/8)

POPFile Automatic Email Sorting using Naive Bayes -- POPFile is a
simple, open sourced spam filter using a Naive Bayes text classifier
and a POP3 proxy. (11/8)

A Plan for Spam -- This article by Paul Graham describes the
spam-filtering techniques used in the new spamproof web-based mail
reader he's building to exercise Arc -- a new programming language
based on Lisp. (11/8)

Downloading the mind -- A CBC interview with Ray Kurweil. (10/22)

SIGMOD Record Special on Semantic Web -- The December 2002 issue of
SIGMOD Record is a special issue devoted to the "Semantic Web,
Database Management and Information Systems". (10/22)

2003 Semantic Web Challenge -- The International Semantic Web
Conference is sponsoring a challenge for innovative applications of
the semantic web.  Final submissions are due 15 September 2003 and the
winners and prize awards will be announced at the 2003 Conference in
October 2003. (10/18)

2003 Americas' agents summer school -- The second Americas' school on
agents and multiagent systems will be held in summer 2003 co-located
with IJCAI'2003 and IAAI'2003, in Acapulco, Mexico. (10/17)

Business Process Execution Language for Web Services -- BPEL4WS is a
draft proposal made by Microsoft, IBM and Bea for a new language to
describe interactions between web services, incorporating and
supplanting IBM's WSFL and Microsoft's XLANG. (10/16)

Sosigenes -- an XML Project for Calendar Support -- Sosigenes is an
open-source Java package to aid in reading calendars encoded as XML
encapsulation of RFC 2445 (iCalendar) calendars. (10/14)

AllCast p2p streaming -- "Based on peer-to-peer streaming, AllCast's
patented software allows content owners and service providers to
realize radical cost savings on live Internet broadcasts without any
loss of quality, reliability or security." (10/14)

ObjectWeb Consortium -- The ObjectWeb Consortium is an Open Source
software community created in 1999 developing distributed middleware
in the form of flexible and adaptable components and
protocols. (10/14)

The Semantic Web... in Haiku -- If you are still trying to figure out
the semantic web, Sean Palmer's paper might help: "An Introduction to
the hard Semantic Web ...in simple Haiku" -- "The Semantic Web" takes
up many syllables, but I struggle on." (10/14)

Reputation in Artificial Societies -- Reputation in Artificial
Societies: Social Beliefs for Social Order (Multiagent Systems,
Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations.), Rosaria Conte,
Mario Paolucci, Robert Herd Fairbairn, Kluwer Academic Publishers,
ISBN: 1402071868, December 2002.  This book It discusses the role of
reputation in the achievement of social order, and proposes that
reputation is an agent property that results from transmission of
beliefs about how the agents are evaluated with regard to a socially
desirable conduct. (10/12)

DAML-S 0.7 Release -- DAML-S is a DAML-based Web service ontology,
which supplies Web service providers with a core set of markup
language constructs for describing the properties and capabilities of
their Web services in unambiguous, computer-intepretable form. (10/12)

ACM: Ubiquity - Interview with Johan de Kleer -- Johan de Kleer,
Manager of the Systems and Practices Laboratory, Palo Alto Research
Center (PARC), talks about knowledge tracking, smart matter and other
new developments in AI. (10/12)

Computer animation and social agents -- The 16th Int Conference on
Computer Animation and Social Agents will be held at Rutgers
University, 7-9 May 2003. (10/10)

2nd Int. Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2003) -- The 2nd International
Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2003) will be held 20-23 October 2003 at
the Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA with submitted papers
due 15 April, 2003. (10/10)

Postdoctoral position at RMIT -- RMIT University, in Melbourne,
AUSTRALIA, has a postdoctoral position for 2 (or possibly 3) years,
working in the area of open agent systems, with a focus on intelligent
agents. The project aims to investigate and develop infrastructure
enabling agents to locate and use services in open systems. This
project is funded by the Australian Research Council and involves two
industrial partners: the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, and
Agent Oriented Software, creators of the JACK Intelligent Agents
development platform. (10/10)

Ontologies, a perspective from 1668 -- This web site contains the full
text and original page images of a remarkable book written by John
Wilkins, bishop of Chester, in 1668 that described a new universal
language for the use of philosophers. It contains a large ontology, a
written and spoken language derived from the ontology, and a
dictionary that maps terms in the ontology to English.  Examples that
relate hundreds of other human languages to the ontology are
included. (10/10)

SMORE semantic web markup editor -- SMORE - Semantic Markup, Ontology,
and RDF Editor version 2.0b is now available for download. The aim of
this tool is to allow users to markup their documents in RDF/XML using
web ontologies in association with user-defined terms and
elements. (10/10)

Evolution Robotics -- Evolution Robotics develops and manufactures
multi-functional personal robots for the home and workplace and
distributes them via its Web site and through a mix of consumer
electronic retail stores, catalogers and online merchants. (10/7)

ER1 personal robot system -- ER1 by Evolution Robotics is a kit (US$
600) to build a mobile robot using a standard laptop. (10/7)

Brains wired for FOL! -- Neural Basis of Predicate-Argument Structure
This paper by James R Hurford of the University of Edinburgh argues
that Neural correlates exist for a basic component of logical
formulae, PREDICATE(x). (10/7)

Roomba Intelligent FloorVac -- Roomba is an autonomous
"intelligent floorvac" retailing for about US$ 200. (10/5)

AgentGrid2003: 3rd Int Workshop on Agent Based Cluster and Grid
Computing -- The Third International Workshop on Agent Based Cluster
and Grid Computing is to be held May 2003 in Tokyo, with papers due 1
December 2002. (10/5)

International Lisp Conference 2002 -- The 2002 International Lisp
Conference will be held 27-31 October in San Francisco with each of
the days devoted to a different theme: Lisp and Functional
Languages, Web applications, Robotics and Bioinformatics. (10/5)

Human-facing Web services, Part 1: WXSL -- WSXL is a Web
services-centric component model for interactive Web
applications. This model is encapsulates the aims of the WSIA
committee, and focuses on user experiences with remote portals via
interactive human-facing applications running on multiple distribution
channels. (10/5)

Workshop on Formal Approaches to Agent-Based Systems -- NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center (GSFC), in association with the IEEE Computer
Society, will hold the second Goddard Workshop on Formal Approaches to
Agent-Based Systems on October 28-30, 2002, at the Greenbelt Marriott
Hotel near NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA.
Abstracts and statements of interest are due 19 July, 2002. (10/2)

Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning -- The sixth Symposium
on Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning will be held as
part of the AAAI 2003 Spring Symposium series at Stanford University
24-26 March 2003. Submitted papers are due on 4 October 2002. (9/30)

Blondie24: when machines beat their creators -- Blondie24: Playing at
the Edge of AI by David B. Fogel, Morgan Kaufmann, ISBN: 1558607838,,
September, 2001.  2001.  Fogel, who is the editor of IEEE Transactions
on Evolutionary Computation, considers the implications for
evolutionary computation and AI of Blondie24, who taught itself to
play checkers. (9/30)

Machine nature -- Machine Nature: The Coming Age of Bio-Inspired
Computing, Moshe Sipper, McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 0071387048, July,
2002. "An enthralling look at how computer scientists have
crossed the line between machines and living organisms. Sipper takes
readers on a thrilling journey to the terra nova of computing, to
provide a compelling look at cutting-edge computers, robots, and
machines now and in the decades ahead." (9/30)

Spinning the Semantic Web -- Spinning the Semantic Web : Bringing the
World Wide Web to Its Full Potential Dieter Fensel, edited by
Dieter Fensel, James Hendler, Henry Lieberman, and Wolfgang
Wahlster, foreword by Tim Berners-Lee, MIT Press, ISBN: 0262062321,
November 2002.  This first handbook for the Semantic Web covers,
among other topics, software agents that can negotiate and collect
information, markup languages that can tag many more types of
information in a document, and knowledge systems that enable
machines to read Web pages and determine their reliability. (9/9)

SemanText -- SemanText is a prototype application developed by Eric
Freese in Python to demonstrate how the topic map standard (ISO/IEC
13250:2000) can be used to represent semantic networks. (9/9)


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