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International Workshop on Internet Bots: Systems and Applications

in conjunction with

12th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA2001)

September 3-7, 2001

Munich, Germany

Workshop proceedings to be published by IEEE Computer Society Press

A "bot", short for robot, is a software tool for discovering data. You give it directions and it searches data and report back to you. The term "bot" has become synonymous with agent. An agent is a bot that goes out on a mission. On the Internet, bots have taken on a new lease of life. Since Web servers are connected, robot-like software is the perfect way to perform the methodical and sometimes intelligent searches needed to find information. Currently, there is a proliferation of bots on the Internet; from newsbots, commerce bots, shopping bots, stock bots, etc. to e-government bots.

The bot concept is of particular interest in mobile wireless systems where the handheld devices have limited processing and storage capabilities and where the air link has limited bandwidth. Resources can be saved by sending bots out on mission and disconnect. When accomplishing the mission, the bots can return to the handheld device with the results. Bots can also be sent ahead to a visiting site to discover the available facilities such as printer, fax, etc. for the mobile user.

In this workshop, we invite researchers and practitioners to report on their latest developments of bots on the Internet. They may be bots of research interests and bots that have been deployed for practical use. Topics are but not limited to:

Accepted Papers

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline   25 February 2001
Paper Submission Deadline   1 March 2001
Notification  1 April 2001
Camera-ready Copy Due  15 May 2001
Workshop Date  September 2001

Program Chair
Wee-Keong Ng  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Sun Park  Rutgers University, USA
Do van Thanh  University of Oslo, Norway

Program Committee
Amitabha Das  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Bruno Dillenseger  France Telecom R&D (CNET), France
Dave Pennock  NEC Research Institute, USA
Ee-Peng Lim  Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Finn Arve Aagesen  Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Hiroyuki Tarumi  Kyoto University, Japan
Jeffrey Tsai  University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Jiming Liu  Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Jose M. Vidal  University of South Carolina, USA
Matthias Klusch  Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany
Mihhail Matskin  Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Sampath Dhamodaran  Indian Institute of Science, India
Seungjae Han  Bell Lab, Lucent Technologies, USA
Sverre Steensen  Boston Consulting Group, USA
Tracy Mullen  Telcordia, USA
Yiming Ye  IBM Watson, USA

Paper Submission
The full paper submissions should not be more than 10 pages in IEEE-styled format (see http://computer.org/cspress/instruct.htm for details). Papers will be reviewed by at least 3 program committee members for their technical merit, originality, significance, and relevance to the workshop. Please send abstract (no more than 250 words in ASCII text) of the paper via email including title of the paper, authors' names and 3-4 relevant keywords.

We strongly encourage electronic submissions of full paper in plain Postscript or PDF file. The title page must include the name and email address of the contact author. Alternatively, four hard-copies of your paper may be sent to the workshop organizer at the address given below.

Email and snail mail addresses:
Asst Prof Wee-Keong Ng
School of Applied Science
Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
Email: awkng@ntu.edu.sg