AI-ED 99 Workshop


Ontologies for Intelligent Educational Systems

Le Mans, France, July 18-19, 1999

- Call for Papers (download Word file (73K), PDF file (16K))

- Accepted Papers and Workshop Program (New!)

Call for papers

1. Objectives


Building an Intelligent Educational System(IES) requires significant work. These systems are typically built from scratch because few reusable functional components and learning objects are available.


In order to design an IES one has to determine the functionality, software architecture, pedagogical strategies, and representational scheme with respect to the educational goals of the IES. Since there are no common descriptors or formalisms for describing these aspects of an IES, it is difficult to achieve our goal of reusability. A well-formed system of vocabulary/concepts, i.e. an ontology, would significantly advance this knowledge sharing and interoperability. It would codify what we have learned and agreed upon to date and clarify areas of disagreement for future elaboration.


This will be the first workshop on ontology held in the AIED/ITS community. The objective is to foster ontology research which is expected to provide us with an enabling technology for reusable components and learning materials, for specifying AIED systems and for bridging the gap between theory and practice. Papers related to ontologies or shared conceptual vocabularies used in AIED research are solicited. Especially, those which include a combination of theory and/or practice with discussion, demonstration, or proof of how the ontology is or might be useful in an AIED system are appreciated. We understand that ontology research is in a premature phase, so intensive discussion on the topics which stimulate our thought and suggest the future direction to go will be done in the workshop together with paper presentation. Position papers which propose topics to discuss with justification are also appreciated.


2. Topics


The major topics of the WS include but are not limited to:


3. The intended audience (experience level and prerequisites)


Either basic knowledge of artificial intelligence and knowledge representation technology, or prior experience with formal taxonomies, description languages, classification schemes, etc. is required. Researchers and developers who want to be actively involved in ontology research and its application to AIED systems are welcome.

4. Submissions


The number of participants will be kept around 20 to facilitate intensive discussion. We solicit research papers related to ontologies used in AIED research and position papers which propose topics to discuss with justification. Research and position papers should be no longer than 10 and 2 pages including all tables, figures, and references but excluding a cover page, respectively. Each submission must include 1 cover page which should describe:
- Title of the paper with an abstract of no more than 500 words;
(an abstract is necessary only for a research paper);
- A few keywords giving a clear indication of topic and subtopic;
- Author names with affiliations, addresses, and phone numbers;
- Email address of the principal author.


All papers should be sent to Riichiro Mizoguchi electronically. MsWord or PDF files are recommended. Fonts should be at no smaller than 10 point.


5. Important dates


Paper submission deadline: April 30th

Notification : May 15th

Camera-ready deadline : May 28th


6. Organizers:


Workshop Chairs


Riichiro Mizoguchi

The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research,
Osaka University 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka, 567-0047
Japan Phone: +81-6-6879-2125 Fax: +81-6-6879-2126


Tom Murray

Computer Science Dept., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.
Phone: UMass: +1-413-545-0156, Hampshire: +1-413-582-5433
Fax: Umass: +1-413-545-1249, Hampshire: +1-413-559-5438


Members of Program Committee

Jacqueline Bourdeau, Canada
Joost Breuker, The Netherlands
Vladan Devedzic, Yugoslavia
Erik Duval, Belgium
David Goldstein, USA
Monique Grandbastien, France
Mitsuru Ikeda, Japan
Ana Paiva, Portugal
Dan Suthers, USA
Julita Vassileva, Canada

Accepted Papers and Workshop Program

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 Time allotted to each paper = 30 min ( 20 min for presentation + 10 min for discussion)
*18th(Sun) afternoon*





*19th(Mon) morning*