Keynote Speakers at KES-AMSTA 2010
Prof. Joanna Józefowska
Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Title of talk:
Knowledge representation for automated reasoning
The issue of knowledge representation has been one of the main problems of artificial intelligence since its first attempts at automated reasoning. Two streams of the evolution of knowledge representation tools may be observed. The first one, developed mainly at academia, results in theoretically sound, but usually inefficient systems. The second one, related to software developers, puts high emphasis on pragmatism and often remains resistant to adopting new results of the theoretical research. None of them has achieved the goal of developing a satisfactory solution, yet. Since over the last few years knowledge representation has gained more attention, particularly in the context of the Semantic Web, it seems reasonable to make a short review of the evolution of knowledge representation systems and some conjectures concerning their future.
Prof. dr. hab. inz. Joanna Józefowska, Professor at the Faculty of Computing Science and Management, Poznan University of Technology, received master degrees in Management Engineering at Poznan University of Technology and in Mathematics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Ph.D. in Automation and Robotics and Dr. Habil. in Computing Science at Poznan University of Technology. Her research interests include deterministic scheduling problems, like discrete-continuous, just-in-time, and project scheduling, as well as artificial intelligence, especially knowledge representation issues. She is an author, editor, or co-author of 6 monographs and over 100 papers, a member of editorial boards of several international journals and conference program committees.
Prof. Sankar Kumar Pal
Indian Statistical Institute, India
Title of talk:
Intelligence, Rough-fuzzy Computing and Data Mining with Applications
Sankar K. Pal is the Director and a Distinguished Scientist of the Indian Statistical Institute. Currently, he is also a J.C. Bose Fellow of the Govt. of India. He founded the Machine Intelligence Unit and the Center for Soft Computing Research: A National Facility in the Institute in Calcutta. He received a Ph.D. in Radio Physics and Electronics from the University of Calcutta in 1979, and another Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering along with DIC from Imperial College, University of London in 1982.
He worked at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Maryland, College Park in 1986-87; the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas in 1990-92 & 1994; and in US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC in 2004. Since 1997 he has been serving as a Distinguished Visitor of IEEE Computer Society (USA) for the Asia-Pacific Region, and held several visiting positions in Hong Kong and Australian universities.
Prof. Pal is a Fellow of the IEEE, USA, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Italy, International Association for Pattern recognition, USA, International Association of Fuzzy Systems, USA, and all the four National Academies for Science/Engineering in India. He is a co-author of fourteen books and more than three hundred research publications in the areas of Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Image Processing, Data Mining and Web Intelligence, Soft Computing, Neural Nets, Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy Sets, Rough Sets and Bioinformatics.
He has received the 1990 S.S. Bhatnagar Prize (which is the most coveted award for a scientist in India), and many prestigious awards in India and abroad including the 1999 G.D. Birla Award, 1998 Om Bhasin Award, 1993 Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, 2000 Khwarizmi International Award from the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2000-2001 FICCI Award, 1993 Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, 1993 NASA Tech Brief Award (USA), 1994 IEEE Trans. Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award (USA), 1995 NASA Patent Application Award (USA), 1997 IETE-R.L. Wadhwa Gold Medal, the 2001 INSA-S.H. Zaheer Medal, 2005-06 ISC-P.C. Mahalanobis Birth Centenary Award (Gold Medal) for Lifetime Achievement, 2007 J.C. Bose Fellowship of the Government of India and 2008 Vigyan Ratna Award from Science & Culture Organization, West Bengal.
Prof. Pal is/was an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (2002-06), IEEE Trans. Neural Networks [1994-98 & 2003-2006], Neurocomputing (1995-2005), Pattern Recognition Letters, Int. J. Pattern Recognition & Artificial Intelligence, Applied Intelligence, Information Sciences, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Fundamenta Informaticae, LNCS Trans. On Rough Sets, Int. J. Computational Intelligence and Applications, IET Image Processing, J. Intelligent Information Systems, and Proc. INSA-A; Editor-in-Chief, Int. J. Signal Processing, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition; a Book Series Editor, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, IOS Press, and Statistical Science and Interdisciplinary Research, World Scientific; a Member, Executive Advisory Editorial Board, IEEE Trans. Fuzzy Systems, Int. Journal on Image and Graphics, and Int. Journal of Approximate Reasoning; and a Guest Editor of IEEE Computer (Home page: http://www.isical.ac.in/~sankar/).
Dr. Alex Rogers
University of Southampton,
Title of talk:
Intelligent agents for the smart grid
Meeting the challenge of cutting global greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050, and ensuring energy security in the face of dwindling oil and gas reserves, requires a radical change in the way energy (and particularly electricity) is generated, distributed and consumed. Central to delivering this change, is the vision of a smart electrical distribution network (the Smart Grid) within which micro-generation and storage capabilities are ubiquitous, where intelligent sensing devices allow users to make informed choices about the control of devices in their home, and where producers and consumers are connected via a series of dynamically negotiated supply contracts.
In this talk, I'll describe why I believe intelligent agents are essential to delivering on the vision of a Smart Grid, and describe some results in this area.
Dr. Alex Rogers is a Reader in the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Research Group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. His research interests have focussed on developing and applying agent-based algorithms and mechanisms for the control of decentralised systems; particularly decentralised information systems and energy networks. He works with ideas that lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence, data fusion, game theory and microeconomics.
Prof. Andrzej Skowron
Institute of Mathematics,
Title of talk:
Discovery of processes and their interactions from data and domain knowledge
We present an approach to discovery of concurrent processes from data and domain knowledge. The approach is based on rough-granular computing and is developed in the Wisdom Technology (WisTech) program. In rough-granular computing, computations are performed in distributed environments using interaction of granules. Granules are of different complexity. They can represent sensor measurements, classifiers of complex vague concepts, models of processes, agents or their teams. Applications related to different domains are reported.
Andrzej Skowron received the Ph.D. and D.Sci. from the University of Warsaw in Poland. In 1991 he received the Scientific Title of Professor. He is Full Professor in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics at Warsaw University. Andrzej Skowron is the author of numerous scientific publications, editor of many books, and special issues of scientific journals. His areas of expertise include reasoning with incomplete information, approximate reasoning, soft computing methods and applications, rough sets, rough mereology, granular computing, synthesis and analysis of complex objects, intelligent agents, knowledge discovery systems, and advanced data mining techniques, decision support systems, adaptive and autonomous systems. He was the supervisor of more than 20 PhD Thesis. He was also involved in several national and international research and commercial projects related to, e.g., data mining (fraud detection, web mining), control of unmanned vehicles, medical decision support systems and approximate reasoning in distributed environments.
Since 1995 he is the Editor-in-Chief of Fundamenta Informaticae journal and a member of Editorial Boards of several others journals including Knowledge Discovery and Data. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the journal LNCS Transactions on Rough Sets published by Springer. Andrzej Skowron was the President of the International Rough Set Society from 1996 to 2000. He served or is currently serving on the program committees of almost 100 international conferences and workshops, as program committee member, program chair or co-chair. He has delivered numerous invited talks at international conferences including a plenary talk at the 16-th IFIP World Computer Congress (Beijing, 2000). Throughout his career Andrzej Skowron has won many awards for his achievements, including awards from the Ministry of Science, the Rector of Warsaw University, the Ministry of Education, Mazur's Award of the Polish Mathematical Society, and Janiszewski's Award of the Polish Mathematical Society. In 2003 he received the title of honorary professor from Chongqing University of Post and Telecommunication (China). In 2005 he has received the ACM Recognition of Service Award for Contributions to ACM and the Award from International Rough Sets Society for the outstanding research results.
Dr. Paolo Torroni
University of Bologna,
Title of talk:
Declarative technologies for open agent systems and beyond
Open systems are complex, heterogeneus systems whose complexity is often handled by component-based approaches. While the internal functioning of such components is invisible to the outside, a great emphasis is put on the verification of properties that ensure a safe, predictable, and undestandable external behaviour, while guaranteeing flexibility. Developing technologies that can satisfy the requirements of open multiagent systems poses an important and difficult challenge. Here, declarative approaches have the potential of offering solutions satisfying the needs for both specifying and developing multiagent systems.
In this talk, I will focus on the use of declarative technologies for interaction specification and verification in open multiagent systems. I will show how the techniques developed in the multiagent domain can be exported and successfully adopted by neighbouring areas such as web services, business processes and cloud computing.
Paolo Torroni is an Assistant Professor in Computing at the University of Bologna since 2004. He has edited 8 books and published more than 70 articles on AI-related topics, mainly declarative, computational logic-based languages, specification and verification of multi-agent interaction, argumentation, Web services, negotiation, dialogue, resource exchange, allocation and planning. He was actively involved in several research projects and gave tutorials on theories and applications of computational logic, multi-agent systems and Web services. Most of his current research builds on the results of the FP5-FET "Societies of computees" (SOCS) project, which run from 2002 through 2005 and set the foundations of the SCIFF framework.
Since 2005, he is the secretary of the Logic Programming National Interest Group (GULP), on whose behalf he has co-organized the first two editions of the GULP Distinguished Dissertations Award, in 2006 and 2009. He has been appointed as international evaluator for FP7 EU projects. He has served in the steering and organization committee of successful international events such as "Computational logic in multiagent systems" (CLIMA 2004, 2005), "Declarative agent languages and technologies" (DALT 2003, 2004, 2005), and "Languages, methodologies and development tools for multi-agent systems" (LADS 2007, 2009). (Home page: http://lia.deis.unibo.it/~pt/)