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From: (A.W. Oakden)
Subject:  Call for Participants - CKBS94
Date:     19 May 1994 13:54:11 GMT


                     Second International Working Conference on

                                  June 14-17, 1994

                                    DAKE CENTRE

                                UNIVERSITY OF KEELE


                      Department of Trade and Industry, UK
		  European Research Office of the US Army, UK
                             European Union ESPRIT
                                  Marconi, UK 


Second International Working Conference on

June 14-17, 1994
University of Keele, England.


The objective of the CKBS series of conferences is to bring the researchers 
from Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI), Distributed Databases (DDB) 
and industry together to discuss issues and solutions to problems 
that are inherently distributed. A CKBS may be viewed as an applied
multi-agent system, which distinguishes itself from the traditional 
multi-agent systems by having a stronger emphasis on real-world problems, 
where issues such as performance, reliability, consistency, organisational 
constraints, security and end-user facility are important. In this sense, 
a CKBS type approach amalgamates ideas from DAI and DDB for solving 
distributed problems, such as those encountered in Intelligent Manufacturing 
Systems, Air-traffic Control, Telecommunications Network Management, 
Distributed Sensor Networks, Distributed Decision-making Systems, 
Distributed Banking Systems, Distributed Office Procedures and Distributed 
Fault Diagnosis.

CKBS'94 is the successor to CKBS'90 which was held at Keele in October 1990, 
and in which both DAI and DDB researchers participated. CKBS'90 was 
considered by the attendees to be very successful and led to the formation 
of the International Special Interest Group CKBS-SIG, which is managed by the 
DAKE Centre at Keele.

An application domain that receives special attention in CKBS'94 is that of 
intelligent manufacturing systems (IMS), because of a growing need for a 
CKBS approach in many branches of this field, such as agent-based and 
flexible manufacturing, concurrent engineering design and knowledge and 
systems integration for manufacturing. It is hoped that this conference 
will provide a forum for the cross-fertilisation of ideas leading to better 
solutions of CKBS problems both within the domain of IMS and also within 
other application domains.

The conference is intended as a residential one with accommodation provided
within the campus, so that the delegates have greater opportunities for
inter-mixing and exchange of ideas. A distinctive feature of the CKBS 
conference series is the provision of a conducive atmosphere for discussions 
among the delegates, helping to produce new ideas. With this end in 
mind, each paper in the conference will be given 10 minutes of special 
discussion time following its presentation.  

This Registration Pack includes the following items:

2.  Conference Topics
    2.1  Tutorials
    2.2  Main conference
    2.3  Excursions
3.  General Information
    3.1  Conference Location
    3.2  Some Key Information
    3.3  Organising Committee
    3.4  Programme Committee
4.  Fees and Accommodation
    4.1  Fees
    4.2  Accommodation at the Campus
5.  Appendix A (List of contributed papers)
6.  Appendix B (List of expected posters)
7.  Registration Form


The conference has three components: Tutorial, Main Conference and Excursions, 
as described below:

2.1  Tutorial (afternoon of Tuesday, June 14) 

A half-day tutorial will be given by Dr. Michael N. Huhns (MCC, Austin, USA),
a leading DAI researcher on

	Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Information Systems.  

This tutorial describes the current state of research in distributed
artificial intelligence. It presents architectures, languages, and techniques 
for achieving coordinated behaviour among a decentralised group of intelligent 
computational agents, and describes successful applications of DAI in 
transaction scheduling, manufacturing automation and information retrieval.

2.2  Main Conference (Wednesday June 15 to Friday June 17)

The main conference has three elements:

	  Invited Papers
	  Contributed Papers
	  Posters and Demonstrations

The invited papers are:

          A DAI Perspective on Cooperating Knowledge Based Systems
          by M. N. Huhns (MCC, Austin, USA)

          The ARCHON Project and its Applications
          by N. Jennings (Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, UK)

          The IMAGINE Project
          by H. Haugeneder (Siemens AG, Germany)

It may be noted that ARCHON and IMAGINE are the two major CKBS projects
funded by the CEC ESPRIT Programme. These presentations will be the first 
comprehensive research reports on these recently completed projects.

All contributed papers have been selected from the extended abstracts
submitted to the conference. There about 36 such contributed papers,
including 10 papers related to Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, as
listed in Appendix A.  The authors are expected to submit full papers before
the conference. These, along with the invited papers, will be collected as 
draft proceedings to be circulated among the delegates at the conference. 
Following the conference, the authors will submit their revised full-papers 
(in the light of discussions at the conference) for a final review. The 
selected papers from this second review, along with the invited papers, will 
then be published by the DAKE Centre as the final proceedings. A copy of 
the final proceedings will be mailed to each delegate in due course.

In addition to the contributed papers, a number of posters will also be 
displayed on new ideas in CKBS, as listed in Appendix B. Some demonstrators 
may also be presented.

2.3  Excursions (afternoon of Thursday June 16)

Excursions are an important part of this conference, as these enable the
delegates to get to know each other better. These excursions are popular, and 
hence an early booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment as the 
number of places is limited. If we cannot book a place for you, we shall 
naturally refund your payment. This year we are organising two alternative 
events to choose from: (i) a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, which was also 
offered in CKBS'90 and (ii) a visit to Chatsworth House which is new.


By coach to Stratford (about 1 and 1/2 hours each way), returning to Keele
around midnight. The price includes a ticket for an evening performance of 
a Shakespeare play, Henry V, in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We shall try 
to give you a transcript of the play beforehand, so that you can follow the 
performance better.

The afternoon and early evening are free to wander around this historic
birthplace of William Shakespeare and take dinner (not included in the
price) as you like in Stratford before the performance, which starts at about 
7:30 pm. In CKBS'90, this excursion was considered a high point by the 
delegates, who also found the coach journey enjoyable. Please note that the 
Royal Shakespeare Theatre is usually booked long in advance, and therefore 
we advise you ensure an early return of the registration form. In CKBS`90 
many delegates applied too late for this memorable excursion.

Chatsworth House

By coach to Chatsworth House (about 1 and 1/2 hours in each direction). This 
classical mansion, which was originally built in 1555 and later altered by 
the first Duke of Devonshire in 1709, is one of the finest stately homes 
in England. The splendid garden was replanted in the 19th century, when the 
Emperor fountain was also added. The House contains a world-renowned
collection of paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, silver, porcelain,
curiosities and fine furniture. This is a popular tourist attraction of Britain.

You will tour the mansion, and later the great garden, at a leisurely pace 
following well-laid out directions. You will be there probably for about 
3 and 1/2 hours, returning to Keele at around 8:30 pm, just in time for you to 
sample some student fares at the Keele Campus or gentiles' fares at the 
restaurants in town (dinner is not included in the price). A restaurant list 
will be supplied. 

Other Possibilities

If you are not interested in these excursions then you can while away the
afternoon by wandering around Keele campus (quite pleasant), trying a round 
of golf (opposite the campus entrance), playing ten-pin bowling (5 miles 
from campus) or by visiting Chester - an old Roman town which is an hour by 
bus from the campus. The world famous Wedgewood pottery factory (6 miles 
from the campus) can also be visited.


3.1  Conference Location 

The University of Keele is small but distinguished for its interdisciplinary 
philosophy in education. Geographically, Keele is a University village on the 
outskirts of Newcastle-under-Lyme, half-way between Birmingham and Manchester. 
The nearest airport is Manchester (35 miles), London Heathrow airport is some 
150 miles away. Keele is situated between junctions 15 and 16 of the M6 motorway.
The nearest railway station is Stoke-on-Trent (5 miles), which can be reached
from London Euston in under 2 hours and from Manchester in 40 minutes. Joining 
instructions will include further details.

The Data and Knowledge Engineering (DAKE) Centre is an interdisciplinary 
research centre of the University operating within the Computer Science 
Department. The Centre has major projects in advanced data/knowledge bases, 
distributed databases and Cooperating Knowledge Based Systems (CKBS). The 
Centre is recognised as a centre of excellence by the CEC ESPRIT 
programme, and is also funded by the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry 
in the UK) to act as a focus in the CKBS area for British academia and industry.

As mentioned earlier, following a decision taken at CKBS'90, the DAKE Centre 
manages an International Special Interest Group on CKBS, the UK component of 
this being funded by the DTI. The CKBS-SIG(UK) holds regular seminars and 
annual workshops whose proceedings have been published by the DAKE Centre.
If you wish to join these SIGs or just wish to have more information about
them please ask any member of the organising committee.

3.2  Some Key Information

The venue of the conference is the Chancellors Building, where registration
and all sessions will be held. Some important dates and times are as follows:

        Tuesday June 14, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.
        Wednesday June 15, 8:00 am - 10:00 am.
        Tuesday June 14, Lunch 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Keele Hall Restaurant).
        Tuesday June 14, Tutorial Session 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Evening Meal on Tuesday June 14
        At 6:00 pm  (Keele Hall Restaurant).
        Tuesday June 14, 8:00 pm (Salvin Room, Keele Hall).
Conference Dinner
        Wednesday June 15, 7:30 pm  for 8:00 pm (Salvin Room, Keele Hall).
        Thursday June 16, coach departs at 1:45 pm.
Main Conference Sessions
        First session begins at 8.30 am on June 15 and last session ends 
	at 5:30 pm on June 17.

There will be the usual tea/coffee and lunch breaks. The times given and the 
programme outlined above are tentative. Please wait for your joining 
instructions and conference programme for the latest information. It is 
expected that most of the sessions will involve two parallel streams. 

Mailing Address:

       Ms Kendal Allen,
       DAKE Centre (Department of Computer Science),
       University of Keele, Keele,
       Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, ENGLAND.
       Tel: +44 782 583416
       Fax: +44 782 713082

3.3  Organising Committee

Prof Sayyed Misbah Deen - Chairman                Email:
Mr Martyn Fletcher - Secretary and Treasurer      Email:
Ms Kendal Allen - Registration and Accommodation  Email: 
Ms Amanda Godfrey - Excursions                    Email:
Mr Athula Herath - Posters and Demonstrations     Email:
Mr Baird Ndovie - Presentation Facilities         Email: 

3.4  Programme Committee

S. Misbah Deen [Chairman] 

Mohamed M. Bayoumi (Canada) 	 	Cristiano Castelfranchi (Italy) 
Sharma Chakravarthy (USA) 	 	Keith Clark (UK) 
Daniel D. Corkill (USA) 	 	Rose Dieng (France) 
Jim Doran (UK) 			 	Edmund H. Durfee (USA) 
Kari-Pekka Estola (Finland) 	 	Brian Gaines (Canada) 
David Griffiths	(UK) 		 	Michael Hatzopoulos (Greece) 
Hans Haugender (Germany) 	 	Michael N. Huhns (USA) 
Ichiro Inasaki (Japan) 		 	Toru Ishida (Japan) 
V. Jagannathan (USA) 		 	Paul Kearney (UK) 
Larry Kerschberg (USA) 		 	Stefan Kirn (Germany) 
Mark Klein (USA) 		 	Victor R. Lesser (USA) 
Witold Litwin (France) 		 	Peter B. Luh (USA) 
E. H. Mamdani (UK) 		 	Rainer Manthey (Germany) 
Yoshio Matsumoto (Japan) 	 	Rainer Mittmann (Germany) 
Heinz Jurgen Mueller (Germany) 	 	Erich J. Neuhold (Germany) 
Douglas H. Norrie (Canada) 	 	H. Van Dyke Parunak (USA) 
Charles Petrie (USA) 		 	Gunter Schlageter (Germany) 
Pierre-Yves Schobbens (Belgium)  	Evangelos Simoudis (USA) 
Munindar P. Singh (USA) 	 	Larry M. Stephens (USA) 
Katia Sycara (USA) 		 	Makoto Takizawa (Japan) 
Shinsuke Tamura	(Japan) 	 	Edwin Van Leeuwen (Australia) 


The registration form includes four elements of payment: Tutorial Fee,
Main Conference Fee, Excursion cost and Accommodation cost as described 
below. All prices quoted in this registration pack are in pounds sterling.

4.1  Fees

    Tutorial Fee 		 55 pounds  
    Main conference Fee 	255 pounds 
    Total Fee			310 pounds 

The tutorial fee permits attendance to the tutorial on Tuesday, June 14
from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, tutorial handouts, lunch and afternoon tea/coffee.
The main conference fee permits attendance to the presentation sessions 
from June 15 to 17 (but not to the Tutorial on Tuesday). It also includes,
except for the student fee payers, the following:

    *  Evening meal on Tuesday (only if you arrive before 6:00 pm)
    *  Conference Reception on Tuesday at 8:00 pm
    *  Three lunches (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
    *  Tea/Coffee at breaks twice daily
    *  Conference Dinner (meant to be a good one) on Thursday
    *  Draft conference proceedings distributed at the conference
    *  Final published proceedings after the conference (to be mailed)

Those of you who attended the CKBS'90 will perhaps remember how good the 
lunches and the conference dinner were. We plan to have a repeat performance 
as we wish you to have a good time at Keele. 

A reduced fee, without meals and conference dinner, is available for a 
limited number of full-time research students from recognised 
higher-educational institutions. The reduced student fees are:

    Tutorial Fee		 40 pounds (without lunch)
    Main conference Fee		190 pounds (without meals and conference dinner)
    Total Fee			230 pounds

If you wish take advantage of this reduced fee then please contact us for 

The excursion fee to Startford is 40 pounds, which includes the coach fare 
and a ticket for the performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, but no 
meals or refreshments. The fee for the Chatsworth House visit is 20 pounds, 
which includes the coach fare and an admission ticket to the House, but no 
meals or refreshments. Since the places are limited, they will be allocated 
on a first-come first-served basis. If we cannot find a place for you then we 
shall refund your excursion fee. No discounts are possible on these trips.

Please note that a late fee of 35 pounds will be incurred for registration
payments received after May 15.

4.2  Accommodation at the Campus

We have two types of accommodation available: one at 45 pounds per night with 
en-suite facilities; and the other at 25 pounds per night in standard student 
rooms, both with breakfast. A room with en-suite facilities includes shower 
and WC, a coffee/tea-making facility and also access to a TV lounge with 
satellite channels.

A standard student room has a sink, with a shared shower/WC and also
coffee/tea-making facilities in a shared kitchen. Student rooms are smaller 
in size.

APPENDIX A = A Preliminary List of Contributed Papers

Global Concurrent Engineering: Why and How?
Hassan Abdalla [De Montfort University, UK]

The Information Agent: an Infrastructure for Collaboration in the Integrated 
Mihai Barbuceanu et al [University of Toronto, Canada]

Eliminating Paraconsistencies in 4-valued Cooperative Deductive 
Multidatabase Systems with Classic Negation
Magnus Boman et al [Stockholm University, Sweden]

Using Systemic Practices in the Analysis of Cooperating Knowledge Based Systems
Thierry Bouron [TMM/TDA, France]

A General Framework for Distributed Reason Maintenance
Jacques Calmet et al [University of Karlsruhe, Germany]

Skills, Heuristics and Decision-Making in Multi-agent Environment
Brahim Chaib-draa et al [Universite Laval, Canada]

A CKBS Architecture for HMS
S. Misbah Deen {University of Keele, UK]

Information Integration in Team Collaborative Design
Hong Ding et al [Technical University of Berlin, Germany]

MAGE: Additions to the AGE Algorithm for Learning in Multi-Agent Systems
Michael Dowell et al [University of South Carolina, USA]

The Formal Requirements Engineering of Manufacturing Systems
Eric Dubois et al [Institut d'Informatique, Belgium]
The Design of an Intelligent Manufacturing System
Klaus Fischer [DFKI, Germany]

Specifying and Executing Protocols for Cooperative Action
Michael Fisher et al [Manchester Metropolitian University, UK]

A CKBS Approach to Dynamic Congestion Control
Martyn Fletcher [University of Keele, UK]

Classification of Multiagent Systems
Ron Fulbright [University of South Carolina, USA]

Euroknowledge: European Initiative for Knowledge Standardisation
Tim Grant et al [BSO/Nieuwegein b.v., The Netherlands]

Conflict Detection and Resolution in Intelligent Cooperative Information Systems
Henning Grasshoff et al [City University, UK]

A Meta-level Approach to Exploration of Multiple Knowledge Bases
Mandy Haggith [University of Edinburgh, UK]

Transaction Model of Vehicles in Tree-Structured Space
Satoshi Hamada et al [Tokyo Denki University, Japan]

Title to be confirmed
Hans Haugeneder [Siemens AG, Germany]

Simulation Studies on Creating Verified Specifications For Distributed 
Control in Manufacturing
Tapio Heikkila et al [VTT Automation, Finland]

Federated Expert Systems for Cooperating Distributed, Heterogeneous, and 
Autonomous Concurrent Engineering Systems
George Huang [Dundee Institute of Technology, UK]

Support for Distributed Multi-agent Systems
Paul Kearney et al [Sharp Laboratories of Europe, UK]

ROO: A Distributed AI Toolkit for Belief Based Reasoning Agents
Cindy Mason [National Research Council, USA]

Cooperating Knowledge-Based Systems and Intelligent Information Retrieval
A. Mekaouche et al [Universite de Nantes, France]

Real Time Production Scheduling in Holonic Manufacturing Systems
Toshimichi Moriwaki et al [Kobe University, Japan]

A Model for Interaction for Dynamic Multi-Agent Environments
Joerg Mueller [DFKI, Germany]

Simulation of an ATC Conflict Management System
Baird Ndovie [University of Keele, UK]

Intelligent Knowledge Management Systems in the Virtual Factory
Douglas Norrie [University of Calgary, Canada]

Using Genetic Algorithms to Optimise the Behaviour of Agents
Clemens Odendahl et al [DFKI, Germany]

A DAI Perspective on Intelligent Organisations
Gregory O'Hare et al [UMIST, UK]

Ingredients for Modelling Help-Giving in Cooperative Environments
Paola Rizzo et al [National Research Council of Italy, Italy]

The Cooperative Heuristics Approach for Autonomous Agents
Lorenzo Sommaruga et al [Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain]

An Epistemic System Model for Coordinating Intelligent Agents
Wynn Stirling et al [Brigham Young University, USA]

Holonic Planning and Scheduling Architecture for Manufacturing
Shinsuke Tamura [Toshiba, Japan]

A Hierarchical Blackboard System For Collaborative Design
Michael Weiss [Universitaet Mannheim, Germany]

A Multi Agent Architecture with Real-Time Processing Capability
Zheng Xiaojun [Technical University of Berlin, Germany]

APPENDIX B = A Tentative List of Posters 

Enhancing the framework for the Development of Co-operating Knowledge 
Based Systems
Phillip Burrell et al [South bank University]

Towards a Cooperative Architecture for Engineering Decision Support Systems
John Hunt [University of the West of England, UK]

A Technique for Design for Assembly Based on Product Cost Optimisation
Anthony Ikonopisov [Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria]

Extending Object Oriented Analysis to provide Agent Modelling
Jim Longstaff et al [University of Teesside, UK]

A Framework for Interactive Visual Learning in Expert Neural Networks
Ahmed Mohamed [The American University in Cairo, Egypt]

Hyperbase: Modelling Agents in Dynamic Systems
Rosane Pagano et al [Manchester Metropolitan University, UK]

The Role of Dialogue in an Office Assistant Network
Douglas Siviter [South Bank University, UK]

A Human Imitation Method for Cooperating Multi-Agents
Lichun Wang [Middlesex University, UK]

A Knowledge-Based Assistant for Failure Mode and Effects Analysis 
Rudiger Wirth et al [University of Ulm, Germany]

The Role of Organisational Goals in Knowledge Based Job Shop Scheduling Systems
Peng Ye et al [University of Ulster, UK]

                                REGISTRATION FORM

                    Second International Working Conference on

                  June 14-17, 1994, University of Keele, England.

Name (including title):.......................................................





Fax:................................ Phone:...................................

Male or Female (needed for room allocation purposes):.........................

Special Requirements (Diet, Disabled) etc:....................................


I DO/DO NOT wish to have an evening meal (at 6pm) on Tuesday June 14, 1994.

                                              Non-Student      Student*

Tutorial Registration Fee (June 14):	     55	pounds  [ ]   40 pounds  [ ]

Conference Registration Fee (June 15-17):    255 pounds [ ]   190 pounds [ ]

University Accommodation:                    ......................... pounds
(at 25 pounds or 45 pounds per night):	

Arrival Date:...... Departure Date:......... No. of Nights:.........

Excursions:         Stratford	40 pounds [ ]

        or          Chatsworth	20 pounds [ ]

Late Fee of 35 pounds for payments received after May 15, 1994    [ ]	

TOTAL ENCLOSED ....................................................... pounds


All prices quoted are in pounds sterling. Payments should be made to 
"University of Keele", in pounds sterling by a crossed cheque drawn on 
a British Bank or by Bankers Draft. Alternatively payment may be made by 
Credit Card:

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Card Number:........................ Expiry Date:...   .......................

Billing Address for the Credit Card:..........................................



Please return to: Ms Kendal Allen, DAKE Centre, Dept. of Computer Science, 
University of Keele, Keele, Staffs., ST5 5BG, England.
Fax: +44 782 713082; Tel: +44 782 583416; Email:
* Please refer to the conditions under Section 4.1 on Fees.