SSP Group Meeting
Wednesday, March 15th, 11am-12pm
Division of Informatics, 80 South Bridge, Room F13


Challenges of a New E-ra: the Pandora's Box for AI?
Part II

Daniela Carbogim and Yannis Kalfoglou

Following last week's presentation of the new e-ra challenges and elaboration on major contribution areas of AI such as formal representations of knowledge and the means to achieve this, in this week's talk we will look in detail at emerging standards and technologies for the new e-ra and situate AI's role in them. In particular, we are interested in the role of the content-oriented W3C language for the Web, the XML and its derivatives XML schemata and the linkage interlingua XSL. An exemplar application of XML, supported by the use of DTDs, in the context of business rules for e-commerce will be presented. We will elaborate further on the use of DTDs and other potential W3C-originated standards -- like RDF and RDF schemata -- as languages for knowledge representation on the Web.

Then, we will shift our attention back to the new e-ra's challenges and speculate on the impact of the new processes in such areas as knowledge management and organisational memories. Moreover, we will present emerging methods for supporting the infrastructure of the new e-ra, like the e-requirements creation.

At the end, we will conclude this series of talks by evaluating our claim: that the new e-ra could be the Pandora's box for AI. In doing this, we will identify areas to which AI has immediately applicable contributions to make, areas where AI might be a viable option, and areas to which AI solutions has to be tightly coupled with other technologies. To make our case more precise we will work on a proposed framework for Internet-Market (in short, I-Market) applications.

Lastly, to support dissemination of knowledge and encourage a live discussion and further contributions we have set-up a resource page summarising the key issues of these two talks.