|Welcome to ExaCt 2008|
The increasing complexity of current knowledge-based systems requires improved explanation capabilities. During the height of expert systems research many workshops (including at ECAI) addressed the issue of explanation capabilities. However, with the decrease in expert systems research, AI explanation research dwindled as well. Consequently, the time is ripe for renewed investigations of explanation in AI.
Other disciplines such as cognitive science, linguistics, philosophy of science, psychology, and education have investigated explanation as well. They consider varying aspects, making it clear that there are many different views of the nature of explanation and facets of explanation to explore. Within the field of knowledge-based systems, explanations have been considered as an important link between humans and machines. There, their main purpose has been to increase the confidence of the user in the system’s result, by providing evidence of how it was derived. Additional AI research has focused on how computer systems can themselves use explanations, for example to guide learning.
This workshop series aims to draw on multiple perspectives on explanation, to examine how explanation can be applied to further the development of robust and dependable systems and to illuminate system processes to increase user acceptance and feeling of control.
If you would like to participate in discussions on this topic or like to receive further information about this workshop you might consider joining the Yahoo!-group explanation-research. You also find some more information on explanation research at on-explanation.net.
2008-06-23: The agenda is online here.
2008-05-19: The list of accepted papers is online.
2008-04-19: The submission system is closed.
2008-04-09: Deadline extension – New deadline: Wednesday, 16 April 2008
2008-02-29: The submission system for ExaCt 2008 is open. You can submit your papers here.
2008-02-26: Workshop flyer online