IJCAI-99 Workshop on
Empirical AI31 July 1999, Stockholm
Important Dates | Submission Procedure
Organizing Committee | Proceedings
Since the beginning of AI, experiments have been used to demonstrate the value and potential of new techniques. While in earlier years, the demonstration of a new technique in a toy-domain was sufficient, the standards for acceptable experiments have significantly changed. In later years, more emphasis was put on "real-world problems" as well as on more stringent evaluations of experiments. At least in part stimulated by Paul Cohen's book "Empirical Methods for AI", recent years have seen a massive increase in the use of statistical techniques to assess the validity of empirical results. However, what issues can and should be addressed by such quantitative approaches is not clear.
This one day workshop will aim at clarifying the role of empirical methods in AI. Attention will be given to the traditional factors found in other empirical sciences (such as the problem of representativity of case studies, the proper use of statistics, etc) as well as to the more traditional objectives in AI research: instead of quantifying the relative performance of certain techniques, we are often interested in the development of new concepts allowing a new and hopefully more adequate understanding of certain issues, such as our own cognitive processes, the nature of the tasks we want to solve, etc. What kind of empirical studies can help us in the development of new concepts and frameworks? To stimulate the discussion in the workshop, it will begin with an invited talk by
|Submission deadline:||12 April 1999|
|Notification of acceptance:||26 April 1999|
|Submission of final position paper (CRC):||17 May 1999|
|Workshop:||31 July 1999|
Authors should submit a position paper electronically, either as a Postscript or HTML. In addition, authors should submit an ASCII version of their position paper by email.
To submit your paper, send it's URL to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission Format: The position paper should describe and justify your view on one or more topics relevant to this workshop. See the list of topics in this announcement. The paper should be reasonably concise, i.e. we expect about 1000 words or will normally suffice, but you may use more if needed. It should state your background and the view on one or more topics relevant to this workshop. The first page of submitted papers should include: title, author names, affiliations, postal addresses, electronic mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers for all authors, and a brief abstract. The number of participants is limited to 30 and only one participant per paper can attend. All participants are expected to contribute to the discussions in the workshop.
|Frank van Harmelen
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
|Achim Hoffmann (primary contact)
School of Computer Science and Engineering
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
phone: +61 2 9385-3937
fax: +61 2 9385-5995
Nanyang Technological University
NASA/WVU Software Research Lab
Fairmont WV, 26505, USA
RuleQuest Pty Ltd & University of New South Wales
University of Leeds
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
The workshop proceedings are available on-line.