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First Meeting of the AgentLink SIG on Intelligent Information Agents (I2A) Hotel Euroflat, Brussels September 24-25, 1998 Report. Innes A. Ferguson, SIG co-coordinator (Matthias Klusch, SIG coordinator). Overview. SIG Meeting Agenda Facts & Figures Topics, Techniques & Concepts

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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)

overview
Overview
  • SIG Meeting Agenda
  • Facts & Figures
  • Topics, Techniques & Concepts
  • Application Areas
  • General Observations
  • Action Items
meeting agenda
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
meeting agenda cont
Meeting Agenda (cont.)
  • 1 invited talk
    • “Economics, Markets and Rational Information Agents” by Scott Moss (MMU, UK)
  • 1 roadmap/planning session

… packed but productive!

facts figures
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)
topics techniques concepts
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, …)
topics cont
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
topics cont1
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, ...

application areas
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!

observations
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
observations cont
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)
action items
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)
action items cont
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)