PA EXPO 2000

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PA EXPO 2000 will be held from the 10th-14th April 2000 at the Crowne Plaza Midland Hotel, Manchester, UK. and will comprise of:

Agent technology is one of the most important, exciting and fast moving area's of IT which is now making the transition from Universities and research labs into industrialand commercial applications, such as computer games, information retrieval and filtering and electronic commerce (such as shopping agents at Exciteand Yahoo).The aim of PAAM 2000 is to bring together researchers and developers todemonstrate how agent technology is creating new opportunities for business and industry by focusing on the major issues and showcasing the latest systems.

Topics of interest include but are not restricted to:
Personal agents for:
Email PDA's
Finding and retrieving information on the WWW
Scheduling/diary management
Mobility management

Business/service agents for:
Workflow management
Network Management and control
Buying and selling services
Information Management, Retrieval and Understanding
Information Customisation
WWW and Internet
Price Discovery
Information Arbitrage
Manufacturing Planning & Control

Tools and Techniques for:
Process Control
Traffic Control
Process Re-engineering
Knowledge Management
Languages for developing agent systems
Coordination standards
Standards for information transfer
Identity Management
Monetary Instrument Standards
Design methodologies for agent-based systems

Also of interest are survey papers which indicate the future direction this important technology will take.

The Practical Application of Constraint Technology and Logic Programming(PACLP 2000)
Monday 10th - Wednesday 12th April 2000

Building on the success of PACLP99, held in London, UK, PACLP 2000 will showcase innovative business solutions that Constraint technologies and Logic Programming can provide in key industrial and commercial areas such as Planning, Scheduling, Transportation, Distribution, The Intelligent Internet and Expert Systems.

Of particular interest are papers that describe the general use of Constraint technologies and Logic Programming, rather than the traditional close up description of one application. For instance, this could be a survey on the specific usage of a technology in a business area or demographic part of the world.

Also included are streams to demonstrate and expand the practicality and effectiveness of recent lines of research such as integration of multiple solvers, generic problem modelling and tackling of ill-defined real-world constraint problems. The integration of solvers from different paradigms, such as constraint programming, mathematical programming, Operational Research techniques and stochastic techniques (Tabu Search, Genetic Algorithms, Simulated Annealing) is emerging as a practical means to tackle large scale combinatorial optimization problems effectively. Also most real-world problems are ill-defined innature. Their solving is not just about computing an optimal solution but building an incremental and interactive decision support tool that identifies and resolves the ill-defined components. Practical and effective solutions that illustrate the hybridization of techniques, the modelling and handling of uncertainty in real-world constraint problems are most welcome.

Suggested topics include:
Survey with respect to an application area
Evaluation and comparison of approaches
Solutions using multiple solving techniques
Hybrid solver configurations
Modelling and solving of ill-defined applications

The Practical Application of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining(PADD 2000)
Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th, April 2000

KDD technology is now recognised as an essential business intelligence toolfor discovering the information needed to improve a company's market presence.

Following PADD97, 98 and 99, held in London, UK, PADD 2000 aims to build on the success of bringing together international KDD professionals in an ideal forum for participants to network and share ideas.

Submissions can be on virtually any area or issue related to Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Areas of interest include(but are not restricted to):
Health Care
Internet Based Mining
Customer Retention
Fraud Detection
Process Engineering/Industrial Control

In recognition of the applied nature of PADD, the conference will once again address business issues in Data Mining. Papers are therefore requested on Best Practices for Data Mining:
Managing Data Mining Projects
Cost Benefit Analysis
Project Success Factors
Risk Management
Achieving High Level Sponsorship Knowledge Management
Integrating OLAP Solutions
Reasons for failure of Data Mining Projects
Experience and Lessons
Especially of interest are papers that investigate the interface between Knowledge Management, KDD and OLAP.

For further guidance please find below a by no means exhaustive list of the underlying technologies identified by the organisers.
Rule Induction, Classification, Clustering, Inductive Logic Programming, Pattern Recognition, Predictive Modelling, Neural Networks, Client/Server Systems, Intelligent Agents, Knowledge Acquisition, Visualisation, Dependency Detection, Uncertainty Handling, Sequence Processing,Regression Methods for Prediction, Database issues in Data Mining, Fuzzy Logic Approaches to Data Mining

The Practical Application of Knowledge Management (PAKeM 2000)
Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th April 2000

Today we are witnessing a fundamental shift in global markets which will change the nature of work and of the workforce itself. In knowledge intensive economies the most valuable assets are creativity, communication and innovation. The most successful organisations in this market will be those which excel at generating and disseminating knowledge and exploiting it commercially.

The aim of this conference is to bring together developers and users from commerce, industry and academia to examine and discuss the organisational and technical issues and case studies related to the above. Submissions can be on virtually any area or issue related to Knowledge Management. Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to):
-Case studies, practical benefits for KM Programmes
-Tools, frameworks and methods for KM Programmes
-Business intelligence solutions for KM
-Intranet and internet solutions for KM
-Document management solutions for KM
-Knowledge media for KM
-Content management solutions for KM
-Changing organisation culture to benefit from KM
-New roles for the knowledge enabled enterprise
-Organisational learning
-Communities of practice and KM

The Practical Application of Java (PA Java 2000)
Wednesday 12th-Friday 14th April 2000

Java has become the most exciting development in the later part of the1990s. Launched as an alternative programming language to C++/C, Java has now matured beyond a programming language, into Java as a system. The reduced complexity offered to developers, support for object orientation and a range of APIs, such as networking, security, database integration, user interfaces and others, makes Java a good candidate for developing applications in various domains, ranging from E-Commerce, network management,scientific computing and education.

The objective of this conference is to bring together developers, practitioners and researchers involved in Java based application development, or in overcoming deficiencies in the language -- such as execution performance, support for specialised data structures, repeatability of numerical precision and support for real time and embedded systems.


Papers are invited in the use of Java, including but not restricted to the following domains:
Experience reports from curriculum developers using Java as the core programming langauge.Also, Java based applications that support teaching and learning, such as collaborative environments and multimedia courseware.

-IN E-COMMERCE,FINANCE AND COMMERCIAL COMPUTING: such as large scale data mining, data warehousing, product brokering and the use of Java in trading systems.

applications in Engineering, PhysicalSciences, BioInformatics and related areas

component models and application development environments

JVM support on various platforms


CASE tools, development environments and code generators, support for software testing and maintainability

GRAPHICS: Java 3D and visualisation environments

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE: monitoring and instrumentation



-Language based Persistence Support
-Performance Improvements : JIT compilers, dynamic compilation, improvements in RMI
-Memory Management: improved garbage collection
-Support for Specialised Data Structures
-Numeric Repeatability on Specialised Co-Processors
-Transaction Management with Jini
-Security Issues and Policies
-Support for Mobility and Thread Migration
-Support for Legacy Codes


Submissions need to meet the conference objectives and achieve a balance between application and theory. With this in mind we have produced guidelines to help you achieve this. Please visit our site for further information.


Submission Deadline: December 6th, 1999
Report Deadline: December 16th,1999
Notification/Comments:January 10th, 2000
Final Papers due: February 21st, 2000

You should send FIVE copies of your paper, in English, to the conference organisers at the address below.
Formatting guidelines and a word RTF template can be found at
Please also submit an electronic version of your paper as a PDF file or Word document. The email address for this is: (relevant Conference)
Please include a cover page including:
1.Full Contact Details
2.A Short Abstract
**Important Note**
Please use the following address when sending your papers to us. Indicating the Relevant Conference to:
54 Knowle Avenue,
Lancs, UK


The conference also provides an opportunity for software vendors and developers to demonstrate Java systems. You are invited to contact the organiser to arrange for your application to be exhibited at the event.


PA EXPO 2000 will be held in Manchester at the Crowne Plaza Midland Hotel which is located in the heart of Manchester, and has been first choice for top companies wishing to hold their most prestigious events in the very best venue Manchester has to offer, from the days when the Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls met Fredrick Henry Royce leading to the formation of Rolls Royce ltd. The Business Centre located on the ground floor offers a full range of services to delegates during the working day and also offers a 24hr fax service. Manchester is the commercial, financial, educational and cultural capital of the UK's largest economic region outside London. The city's standing as a major European educational centre has created a high concentration of technological expertise, making it an ideal place to do business. Manchester Airport is used by 95 airlines and serves 175 destinations worldwide.


The Conference and Exhibition are organised by The Practical Application Company Ltd.
Contact Details
Allison Roth / Anne Marie Purcell
Telephone: 44 (0) 1253 358081
Fax (0) 1253 353811

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