AAAI Spring Symposium
Artificial Intelligence in Knowledge Management Stanford University, March 24-26, 1997

Objectives of Symposium

Knowledge Management (KM) is a topic of growing interest to large organizations. It comprises activities focused on the organization acquiring knowledge from many sources, including its own experience and from that of others, and on the effective application of that knowledge to fulfill the mission of the organization.

The knowledge management community has been eclectic in drawing from many sources for its methodologies and tools. Typical approaches to the management of knowledge are based on concept maps, hypermedia and object-oriented databases. Techniques developed in artificial intelligence for knowledge acquisition, representation and discovery are seen as relevant to KM. However, there is as yet no unified underlying theory for KM, and the scale of the problem in large organizations is such that most existing AI tools cannot be applied in their current implementations.

The objective of this symposium is to bring together KM practitioners and applied AI specialists from KA, KR and KDD, and attempt to formulate the potential role of various AI sub-disciplines in knowledge management.

Submissions are requested from those with in-depth knowledge and experience in AI topics relevant to knowledge management. Papers and presentations should address the issues of:

Of particular interest are requirements analyses from those responsible for the development and implementation of knowledge management systems.


The working papers accepted for the meeting will be published as a AAAI Technical Report and are also available on the web.

Links to Relevant Sites

The following sites contain other materials relevant to knowledge management:-


The meeting will commence with two keynote addresses on industrial requirements for knowledge management by Vince Barabba of General Motors and Rob van der Spek of CIBIT. It will finish with a synthesis of outcomes and the determination of future objectives. There be a joint session with the Symposium on Ontological Engineering on Tuesday afternoon. There will be a reception on Monday evening and a plenary meeting of all the Spring Symposia on Tuesday evening.

All other sessions will consist of 2 to 4 short presentations of up to 8 minutes designed to raise issues and stimulate discussion on the role of AI in KM, followed by 60 minutes of general discussion.

Monday, March 24

Tuesday, March 25

Wednesday, March 26


Information about attendance, other Spring Symposia, and so on, may be obtained through the AAAI web site.

Organizing Committee, 19-Apr-97