These proceedings are of the 2nd UK Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning, organised by AI-CBR and the British Computer Society Specialist Group on Expert Systems. Once again the workshop brought together academics and industrialists from the United Kingdom and beyond and once again the quality of research, both theoretical and applied, presented here was high.
Following on the success of the 1st workshop there seemed little point in changing the basic format. Thus, the morning session (part one of these proceedings) was given over to theoretical aspects of CBR whilst the afternoon session (part two of the proceedings) was given over to the application of CBR.
Of particular note in the first session was an invited presentation by Barry Smyth of Trinity College Dublin. 1995 was a good year for Barry since he collected a prize at IJCAI-95 and a commendation at the First International Conference on CBR (ICCBR95) in Portugal. His work on adaptation guided retrieval is significant since it illustrates that the goal of ever faster retrieval times can in some instances be misguided. AI-CBR thought it worthwhile to let the UK CBR community hear Barry present his work since not everyone had the opportunity to attend either IJCAI-95 or ICCBR95.
The second session posed a dilemma to delegates since running in parallel with the application papers was a breakout session lead by Olivier Curet of Deloitte Touche entitled "Case-Based Reasoning in Auditing." Two papers by Olivier et al. are include in the proceedings and they are noteworthy since they discuss the implementation and evaluation of two CBR systems used within Deloitte and Touche's international auditing business. These systems are significant not only because they are being used by a multinational accountancy firm but also because they illustrate how CBR can be used as a decision support technology in the widest sense of the phrase.
Not reported in these proceedings are several presentations of CBR applications given during refreshment breaks. It is one thing to write a paper about your CBR application but it takes more courage to actually demo the application and unequivocally proves its existence. I would like to thank all those who bought their applications and tools along for sharing them with us. I hope they also found it a rewarding experience.
1996 will be a busy year for CBR. The German CBR workshop was held a few weeks ago and the deadline for the call for papers to the European CBR workshop in November is upon us. Moreover, the 2nd International conference is now approaching and the call for papers will be out soon. CBR is slowly becoming better known outside our community and I'm sure that the strength of research in the UK will ensure its success.
I would like to thank the British Computer Society SGES for supporting this workshop and all those who helped in its preparation and in making it a success.
Invited Paper - Adaptation-Guided Retrieval: Using Adaptation Knowledge to Guide the Retrieval of Adaptable Cases, Barry Smyth & Mark Keane, Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin. page 2
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