CFP: AAAI Fall 2006 Symposium on Integrating Logical Reasoning into Everyday Applications

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                             CALL FOR PAPERS

                       AAAI Fall 2006 Symposium on
         Integrating Logical Reasoning into Everyday Applications

                           October 13-15, 2006
                 Hyatt Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia


   May 1, 2006 = abstracts / papers due
   May 22, 2006 = notification of acceptance
   October 13-15, 2006 = symposium in Arlington, Virginia

Applications such as email clients, Web browsers, spreadsheets and 
personal finance programs have become an integral part of modern daily 
life. The user base of some of these programs are in the hundreds of 
millions of users.

Logical reasoners can aid the users of these programs in several ways.
Firstly, they can automate routine, repetitive, or tedious tasks, 
freeing the user from doing so himself. Secondly, they can script 
time-critical actions to be taken by the application, even if the user 
is unavailable or not fast enough to do so himself. Finally, they can be 
used to constrain aspects of the program's behavior to meet the user's 

For example, email filtering rules save the user from having to send 
email from a known spammer to the trash can and can take timely action 
such as automatically forwarding important email to a coworker while the 
user is disconnected from the Internet. Or logical rules can specify 
constraints on what type of music an mp3 player should play during 
particular times of the day, or what types of programs a digital video 
recorder should record.

Enhancing such applications with logical reasoning brings the potential 
to spread the use of logic beyond the confines of specialized 
applications and into the mainstream of computing.

One application that has garnered attention recently is the logical
spreadsheet. Logical spreadsheets have the potential of providing end 
users with automated support for making complex decisions based on 
symbolic reasoning in the same simple manner as current spreadsheets 
allow them to make complex decisions based on numerical data.

Looking to the future, the promise of the Semantic Web has opened up the
possibility of "Scripting the World," as logical rules can reference
arbitrary conditions on the Web and produce corresponding side-effects 
on the Web. Furthermore, the Semantic Desktop movement promises to 
integrate ontologies and metadata into the everyday desktop environment.

This symposium is concerned with all aspects of making logic accessible 
to everyday users, and in incorporating logical reasoners into everyday
applications. Such applications include, but are not limited to: email
clients, spreadsheets, Web browsers, multimedia players, digital video
recorders, digital calendars, digital address books, internet telephony
applications, financial and accounting applications, and word processors.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

   * Extensions of everyday applications to incorporate logical reasoners
   * Logical reasoning in applications that utilize the Semantic Web /
     Semantic Desktop
   * User interfaces for viewing / editing logical rules
   * Cognitive studies of everyday users using logical rules
   * Computational aspects of incorporating logical rules into
   * Cross-application scripting with logical rules
   * Incorporating logical rules into procedural application scripting
   * Paraconsistent and defeasible logical reasoning in applications
   * Automatic and semi-automatic means of generating and modifying
     logical rules in applications

We will accept the following submissions:

   * Full papers (8 pages)
   * Short papers for the poster session (2 pages)
   * Short papers on unrealized ideas (2 pages)
   * Demonstration proposals (2 pages)

Organization (Alphabetical):

   Michael Kassoff (Stanford University)
   Heiner Stuckenschmidt (University of Mannheim)
   Andre Valente (Knowledge Systems Ventures and USC/ISI)
   Michael Witbrock (Cycorp)

Program Committee:

   Eyal Amir (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
   Richard Benjamins (ISOCO, Spain)
   Hans Chalupsky (ISI)
   Tim Finin (University of Maryland)
   Lalana Kagal (MIT)
   Holger Knublauch (TopQuadrant)
   Luke McDowell (US Naval Academy)
   Eyal Oren (DERI Galway, Ireland)
   Filip Perich (Shared Spectrum Company)
   Leo Sauermann (DFKI, Germany)
   Michael Sintek (DFKI, Germany)
   Warner ten Kate (Philips Research)
   Frank van Harmelen (VU Amsterdam)

For further information please email everyday "at"

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