CIA 2003 Theme & Topics of Interest

Information agent technology is one of the major key technologies for the Internet and worldwide Web. An information agent is a computational software entity that has access to one or multiple, heterogeneous and distributed information sources, pro-actively searches for and maintains relevant information on behalf of its human users or other agents preferably just-in-time. In other words, it is managing and overcoming the difficulties associated with information overload in the open and exponentially growing Internet and Web. One key challenge of developing advanced information systems is to balance the autonomy of networked data and knowledge sources with the potential payoff of leveraging them by the appropriate use of intelligent information agents. Therefore, the special focus of this workshop series is on the perspectives, design, and implementation of intelligent information agents which are able to collaborate in open, networked data and information environments for and providing added value to a variety of applications in different domains. The development of such agents requires expertise from different research disciplines such as AI, databases, knowledge representation and reasoning, distributed systems, information retrieval, and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Keeping with its tradition all topics in the research area of intelligent and collaborating information agents are covered by the CIA-2003 workshop. Topics include but are not limited to

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