Special Issue "Conceptual Structures 2019"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dominik Endres

Department of Psychology, Philipps Universität Marburg, 35036 Marburg, Germany
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Interests: machine learning; neuroscience; computational psychology; order theory
Guest Editor
Dr. Mehwish Alam

FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, 76344 Karlsruhe, Germany
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Interests: semantic web; data mining; artificial intelligence
Guest Editor
Dr. Diana Florina Sotropa

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca 400084, Romania
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Interests: web programing; web technologies and communication; web design and optimization; formal concept analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, which grew out of the International Conferences on Conceptual Structures (ICCS 2019), focuses on the formal analysis and representation of conceptual knowledge, at the crossroads of artificial intelligence, human cognition, computational linguistics, and related areas of computer science and cognitive science. Recently, graph-based knowledge representation and reasoning (KRR) paradigms are getting more and more attention. With the rise of quasi-autonomous AI, graph-based representations provide a vehicle for making machine cognition explicit to its human users. Conversely, graphical and graph-based models can provide a rigorous way of expressing intuitive notions in computable frameworks. The aim of the ICCS 2019 conference is to build upon its long-standing expertise in graph-based KRR and focus on providing modeling, formal, and application results of graph-based systems.

The Special Issue welcomes contributions from a modeling, application, and theoretical viewpoint:

  • Modeling results will investigate concrete real world needs for graph-based representation, for example (but not exclusively) how human cognition can be mapped onto and facilitated by graphical representations, how certain use cases are of interest to the graph community, how using graphs can bring added (business) value, what kind of graph representation is needed for a given case, etc.;
  • Papers reporting on application experience will be expected to demonstrate the benefits of the graph-based proposed solutions in the context of the use case studied. Where appropriate, the graph-based solutions are compared to other possible solutions;
  • Technical results will include fundamental graph theory based results for novel structures for representation, extensions of existing structures for added expressivity, conciseness, optimization algorithms for reasoning, reasoning explanation, etc.

Prof. Dr. Dominik Endres
Dr. Mehwish Alam
Dr. Diana Florina Sotropa
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Graph-based models and tools for human reasoning
  • Existential and conceptual graphs
  • Formal concept analysis
  • Philosophical, neural, and didactic investigations of conceptual, graphical representations
  • Knowledge architecture and management
  • Human and machine reasoning under inconsistency
  • Human and machine knowledge representation and uncertainty
  • Contextual logic
  • Constraint satisfaction
  • Decision making and argumentation
  • Ontologies
  • Semantic Web, Web of Data, Web 2.0
  • Social network analysis
  • Conceptual knowledge acquisition
  • Data and text mining
  • Conceptual structures in natural language processing and linguistics
  • Metaphoric, cultural or semiotic considerations
  • Resource allocation and agreement technologies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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