Distinguished Presentations Track

In order to give IJCAI attendees a better picture of what is going on
in the various subareas of AI, and to counter the fragmentation of the
field, 13 distinguished recent papers from international conferences
in robotics, vision, knowledge representation, machine learning,
planning and other areas have been selected to be presented again at
IJCAI. These papers either received "best paper" awards at the
respective conferences or were nominated as outstanding work by the PC
Chairs/committee members or the IJCAI PC members.  To make these
research results accessible to a general AI audience, a significantly
extended presentation of each of them will be given.
In addition to the presentation at the conference, the authors revised
and extended their papers for a book co-edited by Gerhard Lakemeyer
and Bernhard Nebel to be published by Morgan Kaufmann.  This book is
intended as a show-case of the state of the art in AI. In order to
make the book as accessible as possible to a wide range of people
interested in AI, the authors have been asked to broaden the scope of
their presentation so that the paper does not just focus on the
particular results, but also introduces the respective research area,
its history, milestones, open issues, etc. To ensure the highest
standards, each paper will be reviewed by an eminent scholar in the
respective field.



Tuesday, August 7

10:00-11:00 am Learning Theory and Language Modeling
David McAllester and Robert E. Schapire
2:00-3:00 pm Probabilistic Algorithms for Mobile Robot Mapping
Sebastian Thrun, Wolfram Burgard and Dieter Fox
3:10-4:10 pm A First-Order Davis-Putnam-Logeman-Loveland Procedure
Peter Baumgartner
4:30-5:30 pm Planning with Generic Types
Derek Long and Maria Fox

Wednesday, August 8

10:00-11:00 am D-Learning: What we can learn from dogs about building characters that can learn
Song-Yee Yoon, Bruce M. Blumberg, and Gerald E. Schneider

Thursday, August 9

10:00-11:00 am User-Oriented Evalutation Methods for IR: Case Study Based on Conceptual Models for Query Expansion
Jaana Kekäläinen and Kalervo Järvelin
11:40 am-12:40 pm Data Mining for Manufacturing Control: An Application in Optimizing IC Test
Tony Fountain, Thomas Dietterich, Bill Sudyka
2:00-3:00 pm Bayesian Inference of Visual Motion Boundaries
Michael J. Black, David J. Fleet
3:10-4:10 pm Understanding Belief Propagation and its Generalizations
Jonathan Yedidia, William Freeman, and Yair Weiss
4:30-5:30 pm New Tractable Classes From Old
David Cohen, Peter Jeavons, and Richard Gault

Friday, August 10

10:00-11:00 am Qualitative Spatio-Temporal Representation and Reasoning: A Computational Perspective
Frank Wolter and Michal Zakharyaschev
2:00-3:00 pm Virtual Humans for Team Training in Virtual Reality
Jeff Rickel and W. Lewis Johnson
3:10-4:10 pm Identifying Semantic Roles in Text
Daniel Gildea and Daniel Jurafsky