Modern Management based on Big Data III


Proceedings of MMBD 2022

Data is the basic ingredient of all Big Data applications, and Big Data technologies are constantly deploying new strategies to maximise efficiency and reduce the time taken to process information.

This book presents the proceedings of MMBD2022, the third edition of the conference series Modern Management based on Big Data (MMBD). The conference was originally scheduled to take place from 15 to 18 August 2022 in Seoul, South Korea, but was changed to a virtual event on the same dates. Some 200 submissions were received for presentation at the conference, 52 of which were ultimately accepted after exhaustive review by members of the programme committee and peer-reviewers, who took into account the breadth and depth of the research topics and the scope of MMBD. Topics covered include data analytics, modelling, technologies and visualization, architectures for parallel processing systems, data mining tools and techniques, machine learning algorithms, and big data for engineering applications. There are also papers covering modern management, including topics such as strategy, decision making, manufacturing and logistics-based systems, engineering economy, information systems and law-based information treatment, and papers from a special session covering big data in manufacturing, retail, healthcare, accounting, banking, education, global trading, and e-commerce. Big data analysis and emerging applications were popular topics.

The book includes many innovative and original ideas, as well as results of general significance, all supported by clear and rigorous reasoning and compelling evidence and methods, and will be of interest to all those working with Big Data.

Editors: Tallón-Ballesteros, A.J
Pages: 496
Binding: softcover
Volume 352 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-300-3
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-301-0

Computational Models of Argument


Proceedings of COMMA 2022

This volume presents papers from the Third Conference on Computational Models of Argument, held in September 2010 in Desanzano del Garda, Italy.

Argumentation has been the subject of research in a number of different fields where a solution is sought for the many problems encountered in the knowledge representation and reasoning area of artificial intelligence. The goal is the development of applications using strategies akin to the commonsense approach applied by humans. In recent years such practical applications of basic research results have been the subject of increasing attention, especially within the autonomous agents and multiagent systems community. To answer the need for a forum where advances in the field could be discussed in a specialised manner by members of the argumentation community, the first conference in this series was held in 2006 at the University of Liverpool. The success of both the first and the subsequent second conference, held in Toulouse in 2008, has established this conference as a biennial event.

The call for papers for the third conference resulted in the submission of 67 papers, of which the 35 full papers and five short papers selected are presented here, along with two invited papers from prof. Gerhard Brewka and prof. Douglas Walton. Subjects covered range from formal models of argumentation and the relevant theoretical questions, through algorithms and computational complexity issues, to the use of argumentation in several application domains.

Overall this volume provides an up to date view of this important research field and will be of interest to all those involved in the use and development of artificial intelligence systems.

Editors: Toni, F., Polberg, S., Booth, R., Caminada, M., Kido, H.
Pages: 398
Binding: softcover
Volume 353 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-306-5
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-307-2

PAIS 2022


11th Conference on Prestigious Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 25 July 2022, Vienna, Austria (co-located with IJCAI-ECAI 2022)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a central topic in contemporary computer science; one which has enabled many groundbreaking developments that have significantly influenced our society. Not only has it proved to be of fundamental importance in areas such as medicine, biology, economics, philosophy, linguistics, psychology and engineering, but it has also had a significant impact in a number of fields, including e-commerce, tourism, e-government, national security, manufacturing and other economic sectors.

This book contains the proceedings of PAIS 2022, the 11th Conference on Prestigious Applications of Artificial Intelligence, held in Vienna, Austria, on 25 July 2022 as a satellite event of IJCAI-ECAI 2022. The PAIS conference invites papers describing innovative applications of AI techniques to real-world systems and problems, and aims to provide a forum for academic and industrial researchers and practitioners to share their experience and insight on the applicability, development and deployment of intelligent systems. A total of 18 full-paper submissions and 4 extended-abstract submissions were received for the 2022 conference, of which 10 full papers and 3 extended abstracts were accepted after rigorous peer review. The topics covered range from autonomous navigation, air traffic control and satellite management to the optimization of industrial processes and human-in-the-loop applications.

The book will be of interest to all those whose work involves the innovative application of AI techniques to real-world situations.

Editors: Passerini, A., Schiex, T.
Pages: 170
Binding: softcover
Volume 351 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-294-5
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-295-2

Hybrid Offline/Online Methods for Optimization Under Uncertainty


Balancing the solution-quality/time trade-off and optimizing problems which feature offline and online phases can deliver significant improvements in efficiency and budget control. Offline/online integration yields benefits by achieving high quality solutions while reducing online computation time.

This book considers multi-stage optimization problems under uncertainty and proposes various methods that have broad applicability. Due to the complexity of the task, the most popular approaches depend on the temporal granularity of the decisions to be made and are, in general, sampling-based methods and heuristics. Long-term strategic decisions that may have a major impact are typically solved using these more accurate, but expensive, sampling-based approaches. Short-term operational decisions often need to be made over multiple steps within a short time frame and are commonly addressed via polynomial-time heuristics, with the more advanced sampling-based methods only being applicable if their computational cost can be carefully managed. Despite being strongly interconnected, these 2 phases are typically solved in isolation.

In the first part of the book, general methods based on a tighter integration between the two phases are proposed and their applicability explored, and these may lead to significant improvements. The second part of the book focuses on how to manage the cost/quality trade-off of online stochastic anticipatory algorithms, taking advantage of some offline information.

All the methods proposed here provide multiple options to balance the quality/time trade-off in optimization problems that involve offline and online phases, and are suitable for a variety of practical application scenarios.

Author:De Filippo, A.
Pages: 124
Binding: softcover
Volume 349 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-262-4
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-263-1

Learning and Reasoning in Hybrid Structured Spaces


Artificial intelligence often has to deal with uncertain scenarios, such as a partially observed environment or noisy observations. Traditional probabilistic models, while being very principled approaches in these contexts, are incapable of dealing with both algebraic and logical constraints. Existing hybrid continuous/discrete models are typically limited in expressivity, or do not offer any guarantee on the approximation errors.

This book, Learning and Reasoning in Hybrid Structured Spaces, discusses a recent and general formalism called Weighted Model Integration (WMI), which enables probabilistic modeling and inference in hybrid structured domains. WMI-based inference algorithms differ with respect to most alternatives in that probabilities are computed inside a structured support involving both logical and algebraic relationships between variables. While the research in this area is at an early stage, we are witnessing an increasing interest in the study and development of scalable inference procedures and effective learning algorithms in this setting.

This book details some of the most impactful contributions in context of WMI-based inference in the last 5 years. Moreover, by providing a gentle introduction to the main concepts related to WMI, the book can be useful for both theoretical researchers and practitioners alike.

Author: Morettin, P.
Pages: 110
Binding: softcover
Volume 350 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-266-2
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-267-9

Abstraction in Ontology-based Data Management


Effectively documenting data services is a crucial issue in any organization, not only for governing data but also for interoperation purposes. Indeed, in order to fully realize the promises and benefits of a data-driven society, data-driven approaches need to be resilient, transparent, and fully accountable.

This book, Abstraction in Ontology-based Data Management, proposes a new approach to automatically associating formal semantic description to data services, thus bringing them into compliance with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) guiding principles. The approach is founded on the Ontology-based Data Management (OBDM) paradigm, in which a domain ontology is used to provide a high-level semantic layer mapped to the source schema of an organization containing data, thus abstracting from the technical details of the data layer implementation. A formal framework for a novel reasoning task in OBDM, called Abstraction, is introduced in which a data service is assumed to be expressed as a query over the source schema, and the aim is to derive a query over the ontology that semantically describes the given data service best with respect to the underlying OBDM specification. In a general scenario that uses the most popular languages in the OBDM literature, an in-depth complexity analysis of two computational problems associated with the framework is carried out. Also investigated is the problem of expressing abstractions in a non-monotonic query language as well as the impact of adding inequalities. Regarding the latter, the problem of answering queries with inequalities over lightweight ontologies is first studied. Lastly, the author illustrates how the achieved results contribute to new results in the Semantic Web context and in the Relational Database theory.

The book will be of interest to all those engaged in Artificial Intelligence and Data Management.

Author: Cima, G.
Pages: 268
Binding: softcover
Volume 348 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-258-7
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-259-4

Design Studies and Intelligence Engineering

The technologies applied in design studies vary from basic theories to more application-based systems, and intelligence engineering technologies – such as computer-aided industrial design, human factor design, and greenhouse design – play a significant role in design science. Intelligence engineering technologies encompass both theoretical and application perspectives, such as computational technologies, sensing technologies, and video detection. Intelligence engineering is multidisciplinary in nature, promoting cooperation, exchange and discussion between organizations and researchers from diverse fields.

This book presents the proceedings of DSIE2021, the 2021 International Symposium on Design Studies and Intelligence Engineering, held in Hangzhou, China, on 27 & 28 November 2021. This annual conference invites renowned experts from around the world to speak on their specialist topics, providing a platform for many professionals and researchers from industry and academia to exchange and discuss recent advances in the field of design studies and intelligence engineering. The 210 submissions received were rigorously reviewed, and each of the 50 papers presented here was selected based on scores from three or four referees. Papers cover a very wide range of topics, from the design of a pneumatic soft finger with two joints, and the emotion of texture, to the design evaluation of a health management terminal for the elderly, and a multi-robot planning algorithm with quad tree map division for obstacles of irregular shape.

Providing a varied overview of recent developments in design and intelligence engineering, this book will be of interest to researchers and all those working in the field.

Editors: Jain, L.C., Balas, V.E., Wu, Q., Shi, F.
Pages: 480
Binding: softcover
Volume 347 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-256-3
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-257-0

Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXXIII

The technology of information modelling and knowledge bases addresses the complexities of modelling in digital transformation and digital innovation, reaching beyond the traditional borders of information systems and academic research in computer science.

This book presents 21 papers from the 31st International conference on Information Modeling and Knowledge Bases (EJC 2021), hosted by the Department Informatik of the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany, and held as a virtual event from 7 to 9 September 2021 due to restrictions caused by the Corona virus. The conference provides a research forum for academics and practitioners dealing with information and knowledge to exchange scientific results and experiences, and EJC 2021 covered a wide range of themes extending knowledge discovery through conceptual modeling, knowledge and information modeling and discovery, linguistic modeling, cross-cultural communication and social computing, environmental modeling and engineering, and multimedia data modeling and systems. As always, the conference was open to new topics related to its main themes, meaning the content emphasis of the EJC conferences is always able to adapt to the changes taking place in the research field, and the 21 papers included here after rigorous review, selection and upgrading are the result of presentations, comments, and discussions during the conference.

Providing an up to the minute overview of the technology of information modeling and knowledge bases, the book will be of interest to all those working in the field.

Editors: Tropmann-Frick, M., Jaakkola, H., Thalheim, B., Kiyoki, Y., Yoshida, N.
Pages: 346
Binding: softcover
Volume 343 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-242-6
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-243-3

Formal Ontology in Information Systems


Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference (FOIS 2021)

Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS) is the flagship conference of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications, a non-profit organization promoting interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science.

This book presents the 11 papers accepted for the 12th edition of FOIS. The conference was held from 13-17 September 2021 in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, as a hybrid event with some participants attending on-site in Bolzano and others attending virtually online. The papers are divided into 3 sections and cover a wide range of topics: (1) Foundations, addressing fundamental issues; (2) Applications and Methods, presenting novel uses, systems, tools, and approaches; and (3) Domain Ontology, describing well-formed ontologies in particular subject areas.

Editors: Neuhaus, F., Brodaric, B.
Pages: 190
Binding: softcover
Volume 344 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-248-8
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-249-5

Proceedings of CECNet 2021


The 11th International Conference on Electronics, Communications and Networks (CECNet), November 18-21, 2021

It is almost impossible to imagine life today without the electronics, communications and networks we have all come to take for granted. The 6G network is currently under development and some chips able to operate at the Terahertz (THz) scale have already been introduced, so the next decade will probably see the consolidation of 6G-based technology, as well as many compliant devices.

This book presents the proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Electronics, Communications and Networks (CECNet 2021), initially planned to be held from 18-21 November 2021 in Beijing, China, but ultimately held as an online event due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The CECNet series is now an established annual event attracting participants in the interrelated fields of electronics, computers, communications and wireless communications engineering and technology from around the world. Careful review by program committee members, who took into consideration the breadth and depth of those research topics that fall within the scope of CECNet, resulted in the selection of the 88 papers presented here from the 325 submissions received. This represents an acceptance rate of around 27%.

Providing an overview of current research and developments in these rapidly evolving fields, the book will be of interest to all those working with digital communications networks.

Editors: Tallón-Ballesteros, A.J.
Pages: 786
Binding: softcover
Volume 345 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISBN print: 978-1-64368-240-2
ISBN online: 978-1-64368-241-9

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