AAAI Fall Symposium Series 2009

The Uses of Computational Argumentation

5th-7th November 2009, Washington D.C.
as part of the AAAI 2009 Fall Symposium Series

Last updated 28-April-2009


Argumentation is a form of reasoning in which explicit attention is paid to the reasons for the conclusions that are drawn and how conflicts between reasons are resolved. Explicit consideration of the support for conclusions provides a mechanism, for example, to handle inconsistent and uncertain information. Argumentation has been studied both at the logical level, as a way of modelling defeasible inference, and at the dialogical level, as a form of agent interaction. Argumentation has long been studied in disciplines such as philosophy, and one can find approaches in computer science from the 1970s onwards that clearly owe something to the notion of an argument. Work on computational argumentation, where arguments are explicitly constructed and compared as a means of solving problems on a computer, first started appearing in the second half of the 1980s, and argumentation is now well established as an important sub-field within artificial intelligence.

We now have a good understanding of the basic requirements of argumentation systems, and there are several theoretical models that have been widely studied by researchers. We have one or two robust implementations, and the first software systems built around argumentation are beginning to appear. This, therefore, is an appropriate time to consider what these models and implementations might be used for. This symposium will provide a forum for wide-ranging discussion of the possible applications of techniques from computational argumentation. It will give special focus to strongly innovative ideas, ideas that can engage current researchers in the area and can inspire others to become researchers in the area.

We are interested in all areas relating to argumentation and computation, including, but not limited to:

  • Applications of argumentation systems
  • Implementations of argumentation systems
  • Argumentation and inconsistent information
  • Argumentation and uncertain information
  • Argumentation and decision making
  • Argumentation as an interaction mechanism
  • Multiagent argumentation
  • Formal models of argumentation
We are particularly interested in hearing of new applications of argumentation, and new areas in which argumentation could be applied. Descriptions of work in progress are welcomed.

Organizing Committee

  • Trevor Bench-Capon, University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Simon Parsons, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Henry Prakken, Utrecht University and University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Friday 3 July 2009
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: Friday 31 July 2009
Camera Ready Copy Due: Friday 11 September 2009
Symposium: Thursday 5- Saturday 7 November 2009

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