Call for Participation: KAW'98

Eleventh Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition, Modeling and Management

Voyager Inn, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Saturday 18th to Thursday 23rd April, 1998

Draft Papers Due October 31, 1997

The knowledge-acquisition workshops provide a forum for those developing theories, methods, systems, and empirical studies that relate to the process of building intelligent systems of all kinds. Increasing emphasis has been placed on approaches for modeling expertise and for management of knowledge within a variety of computational frameworks.

To encourage vigorous interaction and exchange of ideas, the workshop will be kept small--to about 50 participants. The format is designed to develop extensive discussions and continuing collaboration on significant issues; thus, the majority of the workshop will be devoted to activities within small working groups that each will meet for one or two days, in parallel with other workshop activities over the course of the week. In plenary sessions, we will attempt to define the state of the art and future research needs. General attendance will be limited to those submitting their work, one author per paper.

The meeting is structured to support specialist subgroups that will have their own working agendas, as well as plenary meetings for general knowledge exchange. In addition to the submission of papers, we welcome proposals for new specialist sessions and minitracks that may include a small number of invited participants who can help investigators in the area of knowledge acquisition to form bridges with other research communities.


Ten sessions or minitracks have so far been scheduled for the workshop. Additional information about each of the minitracks has been (or will soon be) posted to the world-wide web page for KAW'98 ( and will appear on the KAW list server (archives of which are accessible from the KAW web page). The corresponding topics, and the organizers of the sessions, are as follows:

1.Knowledge management and knowledge distribution through the Internet
       Rose Dieng    (INRIA-Sophia)
       Henrik Eriksson              (Linkoping U)
       Knut Hinkelmann     (U Kaiserslautern)
       Frank Maurer     (U Calgary)
       R. Uthurusamy             (General Motors)
2. Shareable and reusable components for knowledge systems
       Richard Benjamins        (IIIA/CSIC, Barcelona)
       Adam Farquhar        (Stanford U)
       Dieter Fensel   (U Karlsrue)
       John Gennari    (Stanford U)
3. Visual knowledge-modeling languages and environments
      Dickson Lukose     (U Calgary)
      Rob Kremer        (U Calgary)
4. Knowledge modeling using conceptual graphs
      Dickson Lukose     (U Calgary)
      Guy Mineau           (Universite Laval)
5. Knowledge acquisition from natural language
      Fernando Gomez       (U Central Florida)
6. Agent-oriented approaches to knowledge engineering
      Frances Brazier            (Free U of Amsterdam)
      Jan Treur                  (Free U of Amsterdam)
7. Process support for knowledge acquisition: The quest for quidelines
      Guus Schreiber    (U of Amsterdam)
8. Evaluation of knowledge-acquisition methodologies
      Tim Menzies          (U New South Wales)
      Frank van Harmelen             (Free U of Amsterdam)
      Greg Yost                (Ellora Software)
9. Sisyphus III and IV knowledge-engineering studies
      Rob Kremer        (U Calgary)
      Nigel Shadbolt         (U Nottingham)
10. System demonstrations -- Sun, Mac, PC, Internet and Videos
      Rob Kremer        (U Calgary)

Individuals who feel they have a new perspective to offer which does not fit into a specialist session are also invited to submit papers. Such papers are especially welcome, but will be expected to offer significant new insights.

Submission of Papers

Draft papers (up to 20 pages) should be sent electronically to Brian Gaines before October 31, 1998. Acceptance and revision notices will be e-mailed by December 31, 1997. Revised papers (up to 20 pages) must be submitted by February 28, 1998, so that hardcopies may be bound together for distribution at the workshop. Authors who submit papers to the workshop will be expected to help with the refereeing of papers submitted by other individuals.

Submission and review of papers, and coordination of all aspects of the meeting, will be through the Internet. The proccedings will be published on the World Wide Web and the preferred form of submission is HTML. The paper should be converted to a single HTML file, not split by section. For LaTeX use the switch: latex2html -split 0 to achieve this.

To submit a paper, simply e-mail the corresponding URL to Alternatively, FTP a tar file to (with an email note to when the paper is transferred). It is preferable if the submission is as close as possible in format to that required for the final proceedings. See the final submission format for details of formats for both web and paper versions.

Authors should indicate appropriate sessions/minitracks for each submission. If there is uncertainty regarding the optimum track for a paper, authors should contact the chairs of the track that seems closest, preferably in advance of the submission deadline. Depending on the range of papers received, some tracks may be collapsed whereas other tracks may be added in advance of the workshop.


Demonstrations of software systens will be an important feature of the workshop, and a range of high-performance workstations will be provided. Authors submitting to this track should contact Rob Kremer ( about the logistics of setting up demonstrations and showing videos.

Graduate Student Awards

Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged. There will be a number of awards for reduced conference fees to full-time graduate students whose papers are accepted. If appropriate, please indicate that you wish to apply for such an award when you submit a paper.

Further Information

The world-wide web (WWW) will be used to coordinate the meeting and to provide further details of the tracks, paper formats, conference arrangements, and so on. Please see the main KAW page for ongoing information about the workshop.

Workshop Co-chairs

Brian R. Gaines, University of Calgary,

Mark A. Musen, Stanford University, (KAW96) 27-Aug-96