AI for an Intelligent Planet

- An IJCAI 2011 Workshop


Important Dates

Paper Submission :
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 (extended)


Notification :
Friday, 6 May 2011


Camera Ready Due :
Monday, 16 May 2011

Workshop Date :
Monday, 18 July 2011



NEW: Workshop Summary now available here

AI has long led the march towards intelligent behavior in computer systems. This has led to the emergence of techniques in perceiving the world (e.g., web-based systems, vision, speech, NLP), manipulating internal representations (e.g., knowledge representation, logic, uncertainty, utility, constraints), analyzing information (e.g., search, learning, planning, scheduling) and altering the world (e.g., robotics, multi-agent systems). They have resulted in many applications with profound impact to our daily lives. The time has come for AI to address even more challenging problems.

One such problem is the sustainability and improvement of quality of life for global citizens despite over-population and limited resources. As the world’s population increases and it puts increasing demands on the planet’s limited resources due to shifting life-styles, we not only need to monitor how we consume resources but also optimize resource usage. Some examples of the planet’s limited resources are water, energy, land, food and air. Today, significant challenges exist for reducing usage of these resources, while maintaining quality of life.

Championing this cause, industry has started using the prefix “smarter” to cyber-physical systems which involve sensing the data through physical instruments, interconnecting and integrating them from multiple sources and analyzing them for intelligent patterns. There are multiple domains, such as transportation, energy management, water management and public safefy, all converging on a broader “Smarter Planet” theme. The new emerging field of Computational Sustainability that aims to develop and apply computational methods and models from Computer Science and related disciplines (Information Science, OR, Applied Mathematics, Engineering etc) to solve key questions concerning the sustainability of our Planet and Humanity is also gaining tremendous momentum and getting critical mass, with successful conferences and workshops bringing together several researchers across different areas, in particular AI, interested in studying key computational challenges concerning sustainability issues.

The aims of the workshop are to:
1. Explore the research challenges and opportunities associated with the quest for a more intelligent and sustainable planet
2. Identify unique issues of this domain and what new techniques may be needed
3. Provide a platform for sharing best-practices and discussion

We encourage submissions that show the application of AI technologies for an Intelligent/Smarter Planet and computational sustainability domains with illustrative usecases, such as transportation (traffic prediction, personal travel optimization, carpool and fleet scheduling), public safety (suspicious activity detection, disaster management), healthcare (disease diagnosis and prognosis, pandemic management), water management (quality monitoring, fault diagnosis), food (food traceability, carbon-footprint tracking), energy (smart grid, carbon-footprint tracking) and buildings. We will also encourage submissions that address unique characteristics of standard AI concerning sustainability problems, like knowledge representation, ontologies, optimization, planning and learning. We will also "reach out" to the robotics, OR (optimization) and general engineering communities who have worked extensively with real-world problems. Topics of interest addressing issues for a more intelligent and sustainable planet,
include, but are not restricted to:
  1. Knowledge representation and reasoning challenges
  2. Application of machine learning and data mining techniques
  3. Challenges with managing and integrating real-time and historical data
  4. Novel data acquisition mechanisms such as crowd sourcing
  5. Use of speech and vision technologies
  6. Integrated systems
  7. Analytical techniques like constraint reasoning, optimization, and planning.
  8. Issues in scaling out AI techniques for the planet
  9. Case Studies, successes, lessons learnt
  10. Public datasets and competitions

Submission Instructions

We invite short and long length papers, reviews, and position papers. Submissions will be judged on technical merit, the potential to generate discussion, and their ability to foster collaboration within the community.

The maximum length is 6 pages and papers should follow IJCAI formatting guidelines. Papers can be submitted at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aiip11


Accepted Papers (will also be published in the ACM Digital Library)

Full Presentations


A Negotiation Protocol for Multiple Interdependent Issues Negotiation Over Energy Exchange
Muddasser Alam, Alex Rogers and Sarvapali Ramchurn


Alarm Processing with Model-Based Diagnosis of Event Discrete Systems
Andreas Bauer, Adi Botea, Alban Grastien, Patrik Haslum and Jussi Rintanen


Building a Highly Consumable Semantic Model for Smarter Cities
Rosario Uceda-Sosa, Biplav Srivastava and Robert Schloss


Cities that offer a unique and personalized tourist experience to each and every visitor: the Smartourism project
Luis Castillo Vidal, Francisco Palao, Juan Fernandez Olivares and Oscar Garcia



Poster Presentations/ Tool Demonstrations


Using Business Content Explorer for Smarter Traffic Projects
Sumana Bhat, Karen Brown, Ankur Jain, Bipin Joshi, Biplav Srivastava, Srikanth Tamilselvam and Terrence White


Ontology based Qualitative Case Studies for Sustainability Research
Dong Han and Kilian Stoffel


Program

Detailed program:
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  9:00 -   9:15 Welcome

  9:15 - 10:00 Invited Talk
    Building Geospatial Mashups - Prof. Craig Knoblock, ISI


  10:00 - 11:00 Reviewed Paper Presentations

     [Full Paper: 30 mins]
     A Negotiation Protocol for Multiple Interdependent Issues Negotiation
     Over Energy Exchange
     Authors: Muddasser Alam, Alex Rogers and Sarvapali Ramchurn

     [Full Paper: 30 mins]
     Alarm Processing with Model-Based Diagnosis of Event Discrete Systems
     Authors: Andreas Bauer, Adi Botea, Alban Grastien, Patrik Haslum and Jussi Rintanen


  11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

  11:30 - 13:00 Context Setting, Reviewed Demos, Reviewed Short Papers


    [Context setting: 30 mins]

    Computational Sustainability - Carla Gomes [Academia Perspective]

    Smarter * - Biplav Srivastava [Industry Perspective]


    [Tool Demo/ Short: 15 mins]
    Using Business Content Explorer for Smarter Traffic Projects
    Authors: Sumana Bhat, Karen Brown, Ankur Jain, Bipin Joshi, Biplav Srivastava,
             Srikanth Tamilselvam and Terrence White

    [Short Paper: 15 mins]
    Ontology based Qualitative Case Studies for Sustainability Research
    Authors: Dong Han and Kilian Sto el

    [Open Tool demos: 30 mins]
    Authors of papers; participants

  13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break

  14:30 - 15:30 Reviewed Paper Presentations


   [Full Paper: 30 mins]
   Building a Highly Consumable Semantic Model for Smarter Cities
   Authors: Rosario Uceda-Sosa, Biplav Srivastava and Robert Schloss

   [Full Paper: 30 mins]
   Cities that offer a unique and personalized tourist experience to
   each and every visitor: the Smartourism project
   Authors: Luis Castillo Vidal, Francisco Palao, Juan Fernandez Olivares, Oscar Garcia


   15:30 - 16:30 Open/ Panel Discussion
   "Issues of Focus for AI Community: Perspective from around the world"
   Kicked off by:
    - Jussi Rintanen : Australia
    - Luis Vidal : Europe
    - Participants to join
   
  16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break

  17:00 - 17:30 Closing discussion


The Organizers
  • Biplav Srivastava, IBM Research, India
  • Carla Gomes, Cornell University, USA
  • Anand Ranganathan, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA.

Steering Committee:

  • Kanna Rajan, MBARI, USA
  • Jussi Rintanen, NICTA, Australia
  • Ullas Nambiar, IBM Research – India
  • Raghuram Krishanpuram, IBM Research - India

PC Members:

  • Anand Ranganathan,  IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Biplav Srivastava,  IBM India Research Lab
  • Subbarao Kambhampati, Arizona State University
  • Ullas Nambiar,  IBM India Research Lab
  • Rajarshi Das, IBM T.J. Watson Research Lab
  • Raghuram Krishnapuram, IBM India Research Lab
  • Kanna Rajan, MBARI
  • Carla Gomes, Cornell University
  • Jussi Rintanen, NICTA, Australia
  • L Venkat Subramaniam, IBM India Research Lab
  • Craig Knoblock,  Univ of Southern California
  • Anupam Joshi, IBM/UMBC
  • Aditya Ghose, Univ. Wollongong, Australia
  • Hasan Davulcu, Arizona State University
  • Rosario Usceda-sosa, IBM Watson
  • Richard Goodwin,  IBM Watson Research
  • Prasan Roy, IBM Research
  • Dipti Deodhare, Center for AI Research, India
  • Abdul Sattar, Univ of Griffith, Australia


Sister Workshop:


Please also consider submitting and/or attending our sister workshop, the Eighth International Workshop on Information Integration on the Web (IIWeb2011) in conjunction with WWW 2011, to be held on March 28, 2011, Hyderabad, India.