Application Expo97 Report
London 21-25 April 1997
The Practical Application Company is
pleased to announce the success of PA EXPO97.
The week, attended by nearly 300
delegates from 32 countries, provided a unique insight into leading-edge applications,
systems, development tools, and techniques, for solving real-world problems in business,
industry, and commerce.
Once again the PA EXPO series of
conferences proved to be a world leading event and this year featured:
PAAM97 - The Practical Application of
Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agents
PADD97 - The Practical Application of
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
PACT97 - The Practical Application of
PAP97 - The Practical Application of
Each event provided a forum for
information exchange and included a rich blend of tutorials, invited talks, refereed
papers, panel discussions, a poster session, social agenda and a full industrial
exhibition. The result was an ideal forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, between
experts from a broad spectrum of industries and technologies.
A joint Exhibition was shared by all
the exhibitors at PA EXPO, and provided displays of fielded applications and developments
tools from BMC Software, CompulogNet, Compuware, Cosytec, IF Computer, ILOG, ISL, LPA and
PAAM, the flagship event of PA EXPO,
attracted 135 participants and over 60 submitted papers. Tutorials came from Pattie Maes
(MIT), Jeffrey Bradshaw (Boeing), Barney Pell (NASA) and Tim Finin (the University of
Maryland). Keynote addresses were provided by Benjamin Grosof (IBM), Toru Ishida, (Kyoto
University) and Donald Steiner (Siemens AG). There were also two panel discussions: Agents
in Commerce chaired by Christine Guilfoyle of The Trefoyle Partnership and Multi Agent
Systems:The Successor to Autonomous Agents?, chaired by Nick Jennings of Queen Mary and
PADD was the new event for 1997
initiated in recognition of the emerging level of interest in knowledge discovery and data
mining. PADD demonstrated how a wealth of opportunities are available through the use of
Tutorials came from Usama Fayyad
(Microsoft) and Evangelos Simoudis (IBM) Blaise Egan, Huw Roberts (BT Laboratories) and
Luc De Raedt (Catholic University of Leuven). Keynote addresses by Stephen Muggleton
(Oxford University), Usama Fayyad (Microsoft), Xindong Wu (Monash University), Guy
Rafferty (Red Brick Systems) and Neil Mackin (White Cross Systems).
PACT continues to be the premier forum
for constraint applications and systems and provided tutorials from Helmut Simonis
(Cosytec), and Henri Beringer (ILOG) and Mike Pegman (Vine Solutions Ltd). Keynote
addresses from Peter Van Beek (University of Alberta) and Mark Wallace (Imperial
PAP is the leading showcase of Prolog
applications and systems. Now in its fifth year, PAP continued to demonstrate the benefits
in productivity, reduced maintenance and flexible solutions that Prolog can provide.
Tutorials from Phil Vasey (LPA) , Andrew Davison (Prince of Songkla University) Keynote
Addresses from John Fox (I C R F), Peter Reintjes (NetSpeak), Oskar Bartenstein (IF
Computer) and Larry Lucardie (Andersen Consulting).
PA EXPO97 also included a special guest
CompulogNet Tutorial from Manuel Hermenegildo (Polytechnic University of Madrid) on
Building Internet Applications using Computational Logic Systems, designed to be of
special interest to the Agent and Prolog communities.
Proceedings for all the events are now
available from the Practical Application Company.
Next year PA EXPO98 will take place in
London, 23rd-27th March and will also include a new event, PAKeM - The Practical
Application of Knowledge Management. For further information please visit