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Report on the Seventh International Workshop on Nonmonotonic Reasoning

Magazine article AI Magazine

Report on the Seventh International Workshop on Nonmonotonic Reasoning

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The Seventh International Workshop on Nonmonotonic Reasoning was held in Trento, Italy, on 30 May to 1 June 1998 in conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR'98). The workshop was sponsored by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Compulog, Associazione Italiana per l'Intelligenza Artificiale, and the Prolog Development Center.

This year's workshop, organized by Gerhard Brewka and Ilkka Niemela (local chair: Enrico Giunchiglia, honorary chair: Ray Reiter), was different from earlier workshops in this series in an important aspect: It consisted of several specialized tracks, held partially in parallel, embedded in a plenary program that comprised invited talks and a panel. The following five tracks were organized: (1) Formal Aspects and Applications of Nonmonotonic Reasoning (cochairs: Jim Delgrande, Mitek Truszczynski), (2) Computational Aspects of Nonmonotonic Reasoning (cochairs: Niemela, Torsten Schaub), (3) Logic Programming (cochairs: Jurgen Dix, Jorge Lobo), (4) Action and Causality (cochairs: Vladimir Lifschitz, Hector Geffner), and (5) Belief Revision (cochairs: Hans Rott, Mary-Anne Williams).

The plenary program included five invited talks: (1) From Logic Programming to Multiagent Systems by Bob Kowalski; (2) Pragmatism, In-quiry, and Inductively Extended Expansion by Isaac Levi; (3) Nonmonotonic Reasoning in the Service of Elaboration Tolerance by John McCarthy; (4) Learning to Make Nonmonotonic Inferences by Dan Roth; and (5) From Features and Fluents to Thinking When Flying--Reasoning about Actions in an Intelligent UAV by Erik Sandewall.

Both the new format and the scheduling of the workshop in conjunction with the KR Conference proved to be highly fruitful. The workshop had 48 accepted papers, and the number of registered participants was over 90, reflecting a new, more open policy of inviting everyone interested in the workshop. …

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