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

Magazine article AI Magazine

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

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The Twenty-Second International Conference on Case- Based Reasoning (ICCBR), the premier international meeting on research and applications in case-based reasoning (CBR), was held from Monday September 29 to Wednesday October 1, 2014, in Cork, Ireland. 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.

The main conference track featured 19 research paper presentations, 16 posters, and two invited speakers. The papers and posters reflected the state of the art of case-based reasoning, dealing both with open problems at the core of casebased reasoning (especially in similarity assessment, case adaptation, and case-based maintenance), as well as trending applications of CBR. Among the applications this year were the coordination of autonomous vehicles in disaster relief operations; the capture of oil drilling problem experiences; sentiment analysis in Amazon product reviews; and the prediction of teen driving behavior.

The first invited speaker, Tony Veale from University College Dublin, Ireland, spoke about the paradoxical role of reuse in creativity. The second invited speaker, Frode Sørmo from Verdande Technology, presented his experiences in applying CBR across different application areas.

In addition to the main conference, this year ICCBR featured its Sixth Doctoral Consortium, a workshop program consisting of three workshops, and the Seventh Computer Cooking Contest. The Doctoral Consortium was chaired by Rosina Weber of Drexel University and Nirmalie Wiratunga of the Robert Gordon University, UK. It gave 14 postgraduate students the important opportunity to discuss their research ideas and get very valuable feedback. This year the Doctoral Consortium featured two invited "career reflection" talks, one by David Wilson from the University of North Carolina, and the other by David Leake from Indiana University, both of which included insightful suggestions about research career planning.

The conference included three workshops. The Workshop on Case-Based Agents was organized by Swaroop Vattam and David W. Aha from the Naval Research Laboratory, USA. The workshop highlighted advances in the intersection of autonomous agents and CBR, including topics such as opportunistic decision making, goal change, and learning by imitation. The Workshop on Synergies between CBR and Data Mining was organized by Isabelle Bichindaritz of SUNY at Oswego, Cindy Marling of Ohio University, and Stefania Montani of the Università del Piemonte Orientale in Italy. The papers presented at the workshop exemplified trends of CBR integration with statistical methods, learning algorithms, process mining, text mining, signal mining, and stream mining. The Workshop on Reasoning About Time in CBR, organized by Odd Erik Gundersen of Verdande Technology and Stefania Montani of Università del Piemonte Orientale, considered how to represent and reason with time in CBR. It began with a keynote, invited talk by Ashwin Ram of Georgia Tech, revisiting his seminal work with Juan Carlos Santamaria on continuous CBR. Papers presented at the workshop dealt with topics including long-term dependence and concise, symbolic representations of time-series data. …

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