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Innes A. Ferguson, SIG co-coordinator (Matthias Klusch, SIG coordinator)

Innes A. Ferguson, SIG co-coordinator (Matthias Klusch, SIG coordinator)

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  1. First Meeting of the AgentLink SIG on Intelligent Information Agents (I2A)Hotel Euroflat, BrusselsSeptember 24-25, 1998Report Innes A. Ferguson, SIG co-coordinator (Matthias Klusch, SIG coordinator)

  2. Overview • SIG Meeting Agenda • Facts & Figures • Topics, Techniques & Concepts • Application Areas • General Observations • Action Items

  3. Meeting Agenda • 2 panel/discussion sessions • communication, co-operation & knowledge management in open environments • adaptive information agents & virtual information spaces • 2 “demo” sessions • information brokering, electronic auctions, groupware

  4. Meeting Agenda (cont.) • 1 invited talk • “Economics, Markets and Rational Information Agents” by Scott Moss (MMU, UK) • 1 roadmap/planning session … packed but productive!

  5. Facts & Figures • 27 attendees, of which • 17 from academia • 4 from research labs • 6 from industry • Disciplines/Interests • AI, agents (most attendees), Databases (10), IR/Information Sciences (6), HCI (6), Distributed Computing (5), CSCW (5), Formal Methods (3)

  6. Topics, Techniques & Concepts • Top 5 • Information • modelling: relevancy, quality, currency, reliability, trustworthiness • actions: monitor, search, retrieve, filter, personalize • Agent architectures • Ontologies • Brokering, mediation • Databases (active, co-operative, federated, …)

  7. Topics (cont.) • Next 5 • Negotiation, co-operation, co-ordination • Interfaces (agent-agent, user-agent, agent-legacy); new metaphors (VR, avatars) • Heterogeneity/multiplicity of sources, devices • Interoperability • Metadata extraction & representation, document annotation

  8. Topics (cont.) • Others knowledge sharing, user modelling, communication languages, task allocation, adaptivity, mobility, security, distributed computing, formal specification and theoretical properties of agents, toolkits for behaviour modelling, groupware issues, uncertainty reasoning, planning, scheduling, ...

  9. Application Areas Area Numbers data/information management knowledge management virtual enterprises (distance) learning manufacturing public administration information brokering finance environment telecommunications medicine entertainment legal/professional services electronic auctions most attendees 10 8 7 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 2 2 … and e-commerce!

  10. Observations • SIG is AI-focussed but also highly multidisciplinary (e.g. DB, IR, DC, HCI, CSCW) … an opportunity and a challenge • Predominantly problem- or application-oriented membership • “scruffy” vs. “neat” debate • some semantics & standards are key (e.g. for ontologies, metadata) but best let them emerge from the properties of the chosen application areas

  11. Observations (cont.) • Much interest in collaborations, co-operation • reduce duplication of effort • create synergy • fill “expertise gap” • e.g. co-supervise and/or provide funding for graduate students, share agent architectures, co-organize workshops, host future SIG meetings • Interest in proposing specific projects for future EU funding (e.g. Fifth Framework)

  12. Action Items • Website & online resources • update and move to Germany • majordomo mailing list • provide access to members’ resources • publications • software (there’s lots of it on the WWW now) • agent name server, user agents (BSCW?) • Promote SIG to related communities (e.g. HCI, CSCW, DC, DB)

  13. Action Items (cont.) • “Recruit” more industrial members • Define “key” sub-topics to assist in focussing future I2A SIG activities • Future meetings • discussion-oriented, around “key” (top 5?) sub-topics/workgroups • selected presentations (from collaborations between members, focussed on key sub-topics) • one in April @ PAAM (London); one more, probably co-located with other SIGs (dates TBD)