The first edition of the International Symposium on Intelligent and Distributed Computing—IDC'2007, took place on October 18–20, 2007 in Craiova, Romania. According to these who participated, Fall was beautiful in Craiova—as can be seen on the photograph below.
While the Symposium itself covered a large spectrum of issues involved in Intelligent Computing, for this Special Issue we have selected these that match the specific focus of the SCPE. Therefore, out of 33 papers published in Symposium Proceedings we have selected the following six.
In Studying SVM Method's Scalability Using Text Documents, D. Morariu, M. VinÅ£an, and L. VinÅ£an consider application of the SVN method to the case of automatic classification of large sets of text documents. They pay particular attention to the scalability of the approach and propose a method that allows working with very large data sets without increasing exponentially the training time and without significantly decreasing the classification accuracy.
Next, in Learning Objects' Architecture and Indexing in WELSA Adaptive Educational System, E. Popescu, C. BÄdicÄ, and P. Trigano propose ways of organizing learning material in an adaptive educational hypermedia system. They are particularly interested in use of instructional metadata to facilitate detection of student learning style and application of adaptation techniques. Implementation of the proposed approach in the WELSA system is presented and discussed.
Paper A Link-cluster Route Discovery Protocol for Ad Hoc Networks, by D. Bein, A. K. Datta and S. Yellenki introduces a route discovery algorithm for MANETs. This algorithm attempts at minimizing number of clusterheads and gateway nodes to avoid storing redundant data. Furthermore, it adapts to arbitrary movement of nodes, and joining and/or leaving of existent nodes.
Focus of the next contribution entitled The Dilemma of Trust: a Social Network Based Approach, by V. Carchiolo, A. Longheu, M. Malgeri, G. Mangioni, and V. Nicosia studies how social networks can be usefully exploited in addressing the question of trust. In their approach, authors try to reproduce real-life behavior of humans when they establish and maintain trust relationships and utilize this approach to build an effective and efficient model for trust management.
Next, in APP: Agent Planning Package, S. TošiÄ, M. RadovanoviÄ and M. IvanoviÄ introduce APP, a domain independent Agent Planning Package, which facilitates creation of intelligent agents. Within the APP, agents can generate plans for their operating environment, as well as execute them and supervise the execution.
Finally, in Knowledge Processing for Web Search—an Integrated Model and Experiments, P. Gurský, T. Horváth, J. Jirásek, R. Novotný, J. Pribolová, V. Vaneková and P. Vojtáš propose a model of a middleware system enabling personalized web search for users with different preferences. Their approach integrates inductive and deductive tasks as well as fuzzy sets and logic to find user preferences and consequently best objects. The proposed model was implemented and results of experiments are discussed.
Hoping that the above summarized collection of papers will be of interest to SCPE readers we would also like to invite everyone to the second edition of the IDC Symposium, which will take place on September 18-20, 2008, in Catania, Italy (
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