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Report on the Twenty-First International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning

Magazine article AI Magazine

Report on the Twenty-First International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning

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* In cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the twenty-first International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR), the premier international meeting on research and applications in case-based reasoning (CBR), was held in July 2013 in Saratoga Springs, NY. ICCBR is the annual meeting of the CBR community and the leading conference on this topic. This year ICCBR featured the Industry Day, the fifth annual Doctoral Consortium and three workshops.

In cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Twenty-First Interna- tional Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR),1 the premier international meeting on research and applications in case-based reasoning (CBR), was held from Monday July 8 to Thursday July 11, 2013, in Saratoga Springs, NY. ICCBR is the annual meeting of the CBR community and the leading conference on this topic. Started in 1993 as the European Conference on CBR and 1995 as ICCBR the two conferences alternated biennially until their merger in 2010.2

In addition to the main conference, this year ICCBR fea- tured an Industry Day and the fifth annual Doctoral Consor- tium, both held July 8 in the General Electric Global Research campus in Saratoga Springs. ICCBR also featured a workshop program consisting of three workshops.

The main conference track featured 16 research paper pre- sentations, nine posters, and two invited speakers. The pa- pers and posters reflected the state of the art of case-based rea- soning, dealing both with open problems at the core of CBR (especially in similarity assessment, case adaptation, and case-based maintenance), as well as trending applications of CBR (especially recommender systems and computer games) and the intersections of CBR with other areas such as multi- agent systems. The first invited speaker, Igor Jurisica from the Ontario Cancer Institute and the University of Toronto, spoke about how to scale up case-based reasoning for "big da- ta" applications. The second invited speaker, Ashok K. Goel from the Georgia Institute of Technol- ogy, discussed biologically inspired de- sign and how to view nature as a li- brary of design cases. Additionally, this year ICCBR focused on the idea of "re- producibility," with David Aha, from the Naval Research Laboratory, and Odd Erik Gundersen, from Verdande Technology, presenting a special report on the reproducibility of the CBR re- search presented at the conference.

The Industry Day provided an op- portunity for both industry and aca- demic application developers to show- case their work without the need to write a paper for the conference pro- ceedings. The program featured nine speakers both from industry and acad- eme.

The fifth ICCBR Doctoral Consor- tium gave early stage postgraduate stu- dents the important opportunity to discuss their research ideas and get very valuable feedback. This year the doctoral consortium featured seven students, and included two invited "career reflection" talks by Mirjam Mi- nor, from the University of Trier, and Barry Smyth, from the University Col- lege Dublin, which included insightful suggestions about research career plan- ning.

The conference included three workshops. The Case-Based Reasoning in Social Web Applications workshop was organized by Lara Quijano- Sánchez, from the Complutense Uni- versity of Madrid, and Derek Bridge, from the University College Cork. …

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