[DL] CfP: Modelling and Reasoning in Context (MRC) @ IJCAI-2017 // Submission deadline: May 16, 2017

Tarek R. Besold tarek.besold at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 26 10:53:49 CEST 2017


                     Call for Papers: MRC 2017
 The 9th International Workshop on Modelling and Reasoning in Context

                   In conjunction with  IJCAI 2017
                 The International Joint Conference
                     on Artificial Intelligence
                        Melbourne, Australia
                         August 19-25, 2017

                 Submission deadline: May 16, 2017

                 Information: http://mrc.kriwi.de/
    Submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mrc2017

Join us in Melbourne

Context plays an increasingly important role in modern IT applications.
sensitivity and awareness is becoming essential, not only for mobile
ambient computing and the internet of things, but also for a wide range of
areas, such as learning and teaching solutions, collaborative software, web
engineering, mobility logistics and health care work-flow. Advancing the use
understanding of context beyond stimuli-response systems suggests a
perspective on modelling and reasoning.

For autonomous systems, recognising contextual information is vital if the
system is to exhibit behaviour that is appropriate for the situation at
hand. At
the same time, such systems might change contextual parameters that are
for human and non-human agents present. Therefore, it is important to be
able to
predict changes in context that are due to the actions of intelligent
systems to
avoid clashing with user needs and expectations.

>From a general AI perspective, one of the challenges is to integrate context
with other types of knowledge as a major additional source for reasoning,
decision-making, and adaptation and to form a coherent and versatile
architecture. There is a common understanding that achieving desired
from intelligent systems will depend on the ability to represent and
information about a rich range of contextual factors.

These factors may include not only physical characteristics of the task
environment, but, possibly more importantly, many other aspects including
cognitive factors such as the knowledge states (of both the application and
user) or emotions, and social factors such as networks, relations, roles,
hierarchies. This representation and reasoning problem presents research
challenges to which methodologies derived from areas such as artificial
intelligence, knowledge management, human-computer interaction, semiotics
psychology can contribute solutions.

Workshop Objectives

MRC aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from different
communities, both in industry and academia, to study, understand, and
issues surrounding context and to share their problems, techniques and
stories across different areas. By considering modelling and reasoning
approaches for contextualised systems from a broad range of areas, the
will facilitate the sharing of problems, techniques, and solutions. The
covers different understandings of what context is, different approaches to
modelling context, mechanisms and techniques for (structured) storage of
contextual information, effective ways to retrieve it, and methods for
integration of context and application knowledge.

MRC invites papers on different aspects of context, on theory as well as on
applications. We particularly invite contributions on topics of autonomy and
context. We also explicitly invite contributions from other fields of study
order to further trans- and interdisciplinary approaches.

MRC provides a forum to exchange and discuss issues and ideas in a friendly,
cooperative environment. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  * Context and autonomy
  * Context and smart data
  * Generic and specific context models
  * Explicit representations of context
  * Context and visualisation
  * Trans- and interdisciplinary issues of context
  * Representation of and reasoning with uncertainty
  * Retrieval of context and context information
  * Socio-technical issues
  * Evaluation of contextualised applications
  * Explanation and context
  * Information ageing
  * Context focusing and context switching
  * Context management
  * Context awareness and context-sensitivity


Submitted papers must be prepared according to the formatting guidelines,
Styles and Word template for IJCAI 2017, and submitted electronically in PDF
format only through the EasyChair pages for MRC 2017. Authorship does not
to be anonymous, but you are free to submit papers with identifying

Submissions must be original, and should not have been formally published or
accepted for publication elsewhere. We also invite longer versions of papers
published in short form elsewhere. Papers have to be submitted on the 16th
May, 2017 at the latest.

Long papers are allowed eight (8) pages. An additional page containing the
of references is allowed, as long as this ninth page contains only
Short papers, not exceeding three (3) pages, may be submitted for short oral

Three members of the program committee will review each submission. A review
form will direct committee members to evaluate submissions for
technical strength, originality, presentation, and overall evaluation, as
as recording the reviewer's confidence in the topic.

Author notification  will be sent out on the 6th of June, 2017.

The proceedings of the workshop will be published electronically and made
available. Depending on the nature of submissions, the proceedings will be
published through a suitable channel such as the CEUR Workshop Proceedings.
Authors of accepted papers might be invited to submit extended versions for
inclusion in a special journal issue on contextualised systems, if justified
the quantity and quality of submissions.

The authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready copies of papers
PDF format, conforming to the formatting guidelines, for inclusion in the
published proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper is
required to
attend the workshop to present the contribution.

Important Dates

Papers due:   May 16
Notification: June 6
Camera-ready: June 20
MRC Workshop: August 19.-21. (one day, exact date tbd)


More information about MRC and the paper submission process as well as paper
templates can be found on the workshop website at:

Submission System:

The IJCAI 2017 main conference website has more information about the
and registration process:



Jörg Cassens
Institute for Mathematics and Applied Informatics
University of Hildesheim, Germany

Rebekah Wegener
Institute for English and American Studies
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Audaxi - Discover a better way to learn.
Sydney, Australia

Anders Kofod-Petersen
Alexandra Institute
Copenhagen, Denmark
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway

Contact all chairs at: mrc2017 at kriwi.de

Program Committee (subject to amendments)

Juan Carlos Augusto         Middlesex University, UK
Tarek Richard Besold        University of Bremen, Germany
Henning Christiansen        Roskilde University, Denmark
Adrian Clear                Northumbria University, Newcastle University, UK
Bozidara Cvetkovic          Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Martin Christof Kindsmüller University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg,
Christian Kohlschein        RWTH Aachen University, Germany
David Leake                 Indiana University, USA
Ana Gabriela Maguitman      Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Tobias Meisen               RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Stella Neumann              RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Maite Taboada               Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada

Background to MRC

MRC is an interdisciplinary workshop with a focus on applications within
computer science. Because of this focus the workshop primarily attracts
participants from within the computer science community and specifically
artificial intelligence. However, MRC has always had a strong
appeal and does draw from fields such as linguistics, semiotics, philosophy,
mathematics, cognitive science, social sciences and psychology as well as
various sub-fields within computer science.

MRC has traditionally been held at either the bi-annual International and
Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT) or
AI-related conferences such as ECAI, IJCAI and AAAI. These workshops have
successful in raising awareness about the importance of context as a major
for future intelligent systems, especially for the use of mobile devices and
current research on ubiquitous computing. At the same time, advances in
methodologies for modelling and retrieving context have been made and MRC
continues to provide a venue for the discussion and furthering of research
issues surrounding context.

MRC 2017 will be held at the the International Joint Conference on
Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia. The main conference
has more information about the location and the registration process as well
other workshops. Participants for MRC will have to register for IJCAI. In
particular, at least one author of any paper accepted for presentation at
will have to register for the workshop at IJCAI.


The workshop will last one full day and will have three main types of

The first type will consist of short presentations of the accepted papers.
goal of these sessions is to introduce the work of all the participants.

The second type will consist of two panel discussion sessions, each
dedicated to
one specific issue. The suggested issues are "Recognising Context in
Systems" and "Changing Context with Autonomous Systems", but are subject to
change dependent on the interests of the attendees and the nature of
submissions. The goal of these panels is to discuss the various approaches
each of these basic issues and to identify the critical problems in need of
attention and the most promising research directions.

The workshop will be concluded with the last type, an open, but guided
discussion summarising the most important lessons learned.

Industry representatives are invited to display context related
during the workshop.

A detailed agenda will be published on our website before the workshop.

Digital Media Lab
Center for Computing and Communication Technologies (TZI)
University of Bremen

Email: Tarek.Besold at uni-bremen.de
Web: http://www.cat-ai.org

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