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23.06.08, 14:00-15:00 - Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Sernesi, 1, room A101
Elimination of spurious explanations
Gerhard Friedrich, Alpen-Adria Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria


Gerhard Friedrich, Alpen-Adria Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria

The generation of explanations is considered as a main asset of knowledge-based systems employing an explicit knowledge representation. Such systems can exploit explanations in communication processes in order to justify the outcome of a reasoning procedure. E.g. in recommendation processes explanations are generated to build trust in proposed solutions.
In this talk we show that current approaches of generating explanations for constraint satisfaction problems fall short. These approaches can lead to spurious explanations with respect to a proposed (or selected) solution. We introduce an extension of current explanation principles such that all explanations of properties regarding a proposed solution are well-founded explanations.

Since 1997 Gerhard Friedrich is full professor at the Alpen-Adria Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria where he directs the research group on Intelligent Systems and Business Informatics and heads the Institute for Applied Informatics.

Prof. Friedrich received his Ph.D. at the Technical University Vienna and worked as a guest researcher at the Stanford Research Institute and at the Corporate Research Division of Siemens AG. Before his engagement at the University Klagenfurt, Prof. Friedrich was head of the technology centre for configurators and diagnosis systems of Siemens Austria where under his responsibility numerous knowledge-based systems were successfully implemented.

Prof. Friedrich has published more than 100 articles in highly renowned journals and conferences. He serves as an Editor of AI Communications and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mass Customisation. Prof. Friedrich and his team conduct research in the areas of knowledge based systems for configuring products and services, knowledge based advisory systems, distributed knowledge based systems, knowledge acquisition, integration of knowledge based systems, diagnosis and repair of processes as well as self healing web services.

Reference person: Francesco Ricci