Special issue on Symbolic Information Fusion

From: Mitch Kokar (kokar@coe.neu.edu)
Date: 09/25/01

Dear DAML Researchers,

I am editing a special issue of the Information Fusion journal. It seems to
me that this would be a good opportunity to the DAML community to connect
with the fusion community (which deals with sensory information). Please
contact me if you need more details about this special issue.

I am one of the team members of the Lockheed Martin UBOT Project in the DAML

==Mitch Kokar

		Call for papers for a special issue on
	     Fusion of Symbolic and Sensory Information
	Information Fusion: An International Journal on Multi-Sensor,
                  Multi-Source Information Fusion
                  An Elsevier Science Publication
	HTML: http://www.coe.neu.edu/~kokar/SymbolicFusion.htm
	PDF:  http://www.coe.neu.edu/~kokar/SymbolicFusion.pdf

		  Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Belur V. Dasarathy
		  belur.d@dynetics.com; ifjournal@yahoo.com

		  Guest Co-Editor Mieczyslaw M. Kokar
		  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
		  Northeastern University
		  360 Huntington Avenue
		  Boston, MA 02115, USA.
		  Tel: 1-617-373-4849;
		  Fax: 1-617-373-8970
		  Email: kokar@coe.neu.edu

        Deadline for Submission: October 31, 2001

	Symbolic information may come into the fusion process from two
	directions, or at two different levels. It is most likely that
	the requirements for a fusion system are first stated in
	natural language. These requirements guide the development of
	the fusion system and, ultimately, are translated into code in
	a programming language. In such a case, the linguistic
	information is transformed and encoded into the fusion
	program. On the other hand, one of the information sources may
	be represented in textual format. The symbolic information can
	be structured (like in databases), semi-structured (e.g.,
	annotated using XML, RDF, DAML, or other annotation
	languages), formal (e.g., sentences in predicate calculus), or
	unstructured (text documents). This special issue is devoted
	to research related to information fusion where symbolic
	information is processed by the fusion system.

	Authors are encouraged to submit original, unpublished
	research papers in the areas related to the topic of symbolic
	fusion. Papers on both theory and applications of fusion of
	symbolic information and other non-symbolic data sources will
	be welcome. Specific areas of interest include (but are not
	limited to):

      - Theoretical aspects (linguistics and fusion, symbolic fusion)
	- Design methodologies for symbolic fusion systems
      - Formal methods approaches and reasoning in information fusion
      - Case studies of designs from symbolic specifications
      - Design of fusion systems using formal methods
      - Fusion of information in text documents with other sources (imagery,
radar data,
        acoustic, IR and other)
      - Fusion of annotated data sources
	- Fusion of ontologies used for annotation of data sources

Prospective authors should follow the regular paper preparation
guidelines found at
Both regular and correspondence items will be considered.
Submit: a hard copy to the Guest Co-Editor and an electronic copy in PDF or
Postscript format to the Guest Co-Editor: Kokar@coe.neu.edu and to
Editor-in-Chief: belur.d@dynetics.com.

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