Advanced Information Systems for sharing information and Knowledge about the Environment
Call for abstracts
Event extraction task
Invited speakers


- 6.3.2011: The presentations given are on-line. Go to the 'Program' and 'Invited speakers' sections.
- 26.12.2010: The Preliminary program is on-line. Go to the 'Program' section.
- 15.12.2010: Click here for hotel accommodation.
- 13.12.2010: Invited speakers talks abstract on-line. Go to the 'Invited speakers' section to read them.
- 23.11.2010: Event extraction files released. Go to the 'Call for abstracts' section and download it from 'Event extraction'.

Date: 25th - 28th of January 2010
Venue: Nagaragawa Convention Center, Gifu, Japan
Travel: Gifu is about one hour from Chubu Central Airport, which has direct flight connections to major cities incl. Frankfurt.

Hosted and sponsored by the Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT), Japan and the Asian-European project KYOTO.

This workshop is subsidized by the European Commission and by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan.

The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate the possibilities of advanced information systems for sharing information and knowledge about the environment on a global scale. The environment is a global concern crossing boundaries, cultures and languages. Whereas each regional setting is unique, there are many benefits from sharing knowledge and experiences across these regions. This workshop offers a showcase for emerging systems that can enable environmentalist to access this knowledge and information in novel ways. It hopes to bring together technology providers and environmental specialists to discuss the opportunities in the field.
The workshop is organized around the topic of estuaries in the world. A selection of estuaries across the world is presented and innovative applications are shown that can process and present knowledge on these estuaries in useful ways. Participants and guest speakers are invited to use a given set of English text documents about two estuaries: the Humber Estuary in the UK and the Chesapeake Bay in the US. Any analysis of these documents that generates useful knowledge in these documents is welcomed.
The challenge is to give a show-case demonstration of extracted environmental events involving estuaries and present this to the users in a novel and useful way. An event is specified in terms of where, when, what happened and how can these events be grouped. What can refer to entities such as: pollution, human development, human activities, alien species, sedimentation, erosion, increase and decrease of species populations, degradation of habitats.
We provide you with sources of documents on a selection of estuaries but you are free to use your own data sources. There are also no restrictions on what you do with the data as long as it includes text mining and provides output that non-technical users (but perhaps specialists in the domain) can handle and use for their daily work. You should typically focus on more complex and less basic facts than is usually the case in text mining.