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The AI-2002 Workshop on

Business Agents and the Semantic Web

held at the AI 2002 (AI-2002)

May 26, 2002, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Workshop home page: http://www.cs.unb.ca/ai2002/BASeWEB.html

New: Submission information updated and deadline extended.

E-business increasingly uses Web Services or agents acting on behalf of human buyers and sellers. Such Business Agents can profit from the machine-interpretable product and service descriptions provided by the Semantic Web. Cross-fertilized techniques from AI (e.g., Intelligent Agents) and the Internet (e.g., the Semantic Web) are thus explored by numerous organizations world-wide, including W3C, DARPA, NRC, IST, and INTAP. Web ontologies - consisting of taxonomies and/or rules - constitute the centerpiece of the new AI-Internet synthesis.

This workshop addresses researchers extending Web techniques by AI or transferring AI techniques to the Web in an attempt to create intelligent business agents. The current workshop builds on previous workshops such as Novel E-Commerce Applications of Agents and Semantic Web-based E-Commerce and Rules Markup Languages.


All topics related to agents and e-business are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Semantic Web approaches and architectures
  • Web agents for producers and consumers
  • E-Business setups in the Semantic Web
  • Business agent architectures
  • Knowledge management and e-business agents
  • Product and service codes/registries (e.g., UNSPSC/UDDI)
  • Description logics and Web ontologies (e.g., DAML+OIL, OWL)
  • Extended Horn logics and rule markup techniques (e.g., RuleML)
  • Application areas for rules (e.g., P3P, XACML, ebXML, DRM, etc.)
  • Belief logics and planning for multiple agents
  • Negotiations: bargaining, auctions, and trust
  • Inference engines: deduction and induction
  • Distributed deduction for the Semantic Web
  • Natural language interfaces for business agents
  • Lessons learned from implemented systems

Workshop format

The workshop will consist of some short introductory remarks by the organizers and then mostly of presentations of submitted works, followed by an open discussion session, where the state of the field, current problems and new directions will be examined. Recommendations concerning relevant emerging Web standards will be considered.

Participation and Submissions

Participation in this workshop is by invitation only and invitees must be registered for the AI-2002 conference. Also attendance is limited. Therefore, in case that a selection becomes necessary, we ask researchers that just want to attend the workshop without contributing a paper to send a short email to the organizing committee expressing their particular interest in the workshop.


Researchers interested in contributing a paper should send it to the organizing committee (in PDF format ONLY), up to 8 pages. Papers may already be prepared in one of the Elsevier formats.

The papers will be reviewed by the organization committee (and some additional referees) and all papers of sufficient quality will be included into the workshop notes (and their authors invited to the workshop, of course). Out of these papers several will be selected for presentation at the workshop. The main criteria of this selection will be to cover a broad variety of concepts and the contribution to the goals stated above. To facilitate a lively and interesting discussion, we will try to make all the papers available to the participants of the workshop before the workshop takes place.

After workshop activities

Besides online and conventional proceedings as well as a journal issue partially based on resubmitted papers, the workshop results will be immediately made available to researchers working on emerging Web standards such as DAML+OIL and RuleML. A special issue of the journal Electronic Commerce Research and Applications is being prepared for the resubmitted papers from this workshop.

Invited Speakers

Important dates

  • Deadline for Submissions/Requests for Participation: March 28, 2002 (extended deadline)
  • Invitations will be sent out: April 8, 2002
  • Workshop: May 26, 2002

Organizing Committee

Harold Boley
Email: boley@dfki.de

Ali Ghorbani
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Email: ghorbani@unb.ca

Bruce Spencer
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Email: bspencer@unb.ca

Said Tabet
Email: stabet@nisusinc.com

Program Committee

David Ash (USA)

Justin Hickey (Canada)

Ansgar Bernardi (Germany)

Steve Ross-Talbot (UK)

Prabhakar Bhogaraju (USA)

Bruce Spencer (Canada)

Harold Boley (Germany)

Said Tabet (USA)

Ali Ghorbani (Canada)

Gerd Wagner (The Netherlands)

Benjamin Grosof (USA)




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