Using Knowledge in Its Context: Report on the IJCAI-93 Workshop

  • Patrick Brezillon
  • Suhayya Abu-Hakima


The Workshop on Using Knowledge in Its Context was held in Chambery, France, on 28 August 1993, preceding the Thirteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-93). This article provides a summary of the discussions between the participants before (by e-mail) and during the one-day workshop. It is clear from these discussions that the notion of context is far from defined and is dependent in its interpretation on a cognitive science versus an engineering (or system building) point of view. In identifying the two points of view, this workshop permitted us to go one step further than previous workshops (notably Maskery and Meads [1992] and Maskery, Hopkins, and Dudley [1992]). Once a distinction is made on the viewpoint, one can achieve a surprising consensus on the aspects of context that the workshop addressed -- mainly, the position, the elements, the representation, and the use of context. Despite this consensus on the aspects of context, agreement on the definition of context was not yet achieved.
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