Information Gathering from Heterogeneous, Distributed Environments
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Craig Knoblock & Alon Levy,Cochairs
We are currently witnessing an explosion in the amount of information that is available from various sources, such as the Internet. Along with the rise in the number of information sources, there is also a growing number of systems and protocols for providing user friendly browsing of this information. Although browsing is an important form of obtaining information, it is a limited, and often time-consuming form of interaction. A challenge to Artificial Intelligence researchers is to develop techniques for providing better access to the wealth of available information. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers working on topics relating to information gathering in heterogeneous and distributed environments. Specifically, we will discuss the challenges in providing intelligent and efficient access to this information. Topics that will be discussed at the symposium include: knowledge representation, reasoning, planning, learning, and knowledge sharing as they relate to information gathering. We will also hear about major ongoing projects in this area.