[FOM] ICCL Summer School: Logic-based Knowledge Representation
Bertram.Fronhoefer at inf.tu-dresden.de
Sat Feb 12 07:07:33 EST 2005
Call for Participation
ICCL Summer School 2005
LOGIC-BASED KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION
Technische Universität Dresden
2nd - 17th July 2005
The topic of this year's summer school is Logic-based
Intelligent behavior is hard to imagine without
the agent having a good knowledge about the surrounding
world. For this reason, knowledge representation always
played a crucial role in artificial intelligence.
Right from the beginning of the field, there was
a big discussion on whether sub-symbolic or symbolic
approaches for representing knowledge are the right way
to go. And even within the symbolic approach there
was a conflict between proponents of logic-based
approaches (like John MacCarthy and Pat Hayes) and
proponents of graph-based or procedural approaches
(like Marvin Minsky).
The advantage of logic-based approaches for symbolic
knowledge representation is that they provide the
representation formalism with a formally well-founded
semantics, which makes both the represented knowledge
and the behavior of knowledge representation systems
deducing implicit knowledge from the explicitly represented
one comprehensible. The disadvantage is that the inference
problems may become intractable or even undecidable if
the expressive power of the formalism is large enough.
For this reason, early systems employing the logic-based
approach were either too inexpressive or too slow.
This situation has changed drastically in the last 10-15 years.
This is partially due to increased computing power. More
importantly, however, were the recent theoretical and practical
advances in the field of logic-based knowledge representation.
The summer school will focus on several of the most successful
subfields of this active research area:
- reasoning about action and change,
- nonmonotonic reasoning,
- description logics and ontologies, and
- action planning.
If you want to attend the summer school, we'd prefer that
you register by April 9, 2005.
For all who want to apply for a grant, this deadline is
After April 9 registration wil be possible as long as
there are vacant places.
(Since we intend to restrict participation to about 60
people, in case of excessive demand, we will have to
select applicants to the summer school.)
People applying until April 9 will be informed about
admittance and decisions on grants until April 18, 2005.
We ask for a participation fee of 200 EUR.
It will be possible for some participants to present their
research work during a small workshop integrated in the
summer school: please indicate in the registration form if
you would like to do so and give us the title of your
proposed talk there. In addition, please submit an
extended abstract in postscript or pdf format of max. 5
pages to iccl05ws at tcs.inf.tu-dresden.de by April 9, 2005.
A program committee consisting of the summer school
lecturers and organizers will select among the proposals.
Notification of acceptance of a talk at the integrated
workshop will be by May 9, 2005.
A limited number of grants may be available, please indicate
in your application if the only possibility for you to
participate is via a grant. Applications for grants must
include an estimate of travel costs and they should be sent
together with the registration.
Nonmonotonic Logics: History, foundations, challenges
Piero A. Bonatti (Università di Napoli `Federico II', Italy)
Answer Set Programming
Thomas Eiter (TU Wien, Austria)
Ian Horrocks (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Action Planning: Recent Theoretical and Practical Advances
Bernhard Nebel (Universität Freiburg, Germany)
Ulrike Sattler (University of Manchester, United Kingdom) and
Carsten Lutz (TU Dresden, Germany)
Action Programming Languages
Michael Thielscher (TU Dresden, Germany)
Reasoning and Acting under Uncertainty
Axel Großmann and Steffen Hölldobler (TU Dresden, Germany)
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