Feeding Systems with Arguments

Conference on decision-making at Bielefeld University

From Monday to Wednesday, 23-25 April 2018, 50 researchers from 18 universities will meet at Bielefeld University for a kick-off event for the “Robust Argumentation Machines” (RATIO) project. RATIO is a priority program of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) in which researchers are developing new methods for computer-assisted decision-making. Professor Dr. Philipp Cimiano from the Cluster of Excellence CITEC at Bielefeld University serves as coordinator of the project.

Prof Dr. Philipp Cimiano heads the “Semantic Computing” research group at the Cluster of Excellence CITEC.“Successful argumentation leads the way to the best decision. Our goal is to make the argumentative structures behind decision-making processes visible,” says Professor Dr. Philipp Cimiano, of Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence CITEC. “For this, we in RATIO are developing new methods that we use to extract arguments and their contexts from documents. We are then able to represent and analyze these.” In a subproject of the priority program, the researchers are working on a standardized technical platform for logical argumentation. In another subproject, they are investigating the structure of arguments with methods of machine learning.

The findings from these projects could be used in areas where decisions are made by weighing arguments – such as in medicine, business, or politics. Following this, political scientists could, for instance, analyze how people think and talk about a topic on the Internet more easily. A system could also be developed for doctors that provides support in finding the best treatment.  

The kick-off conference of the priority program will take place from 23–25 April at the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF, Center for Interdisciplinary Research) at Bielefeld University. During the conference, a total of 13 RATIO projects will be presented. Two talks by Dr. Serena Villata (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France) and Professor Dr. Chris Reed (University of Dundee, Scotland) will frame the project presentations, and a podium discussion will top off the conference program. The talks are open to the public.

RATIO is funded as a priority program through 2023 by the Deustche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Bielefeld University is heading the program. Participating universities include the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Leipzig, and the Bauhaus University Weimar. The distinguishing feature of a priority program is transregional cooperation among participating researchers.

During the conference on Monday, 23 April, Professor Dr. Philipp Cimiano will be available to take questions from the press from 2:30–3:00pm at the ZiF (Center for Interdisciplinary Research, located at Methoden 1, 33615 Bielefeld).

Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano, Bielefeld University
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
Telephone: 0521 106-12229
Email: cimiano@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de

More information is available online at:
RATIO kick-off conference: www.spp-ratio.de/kickoff-conference
“A Search Engine for Arguments,” press release from 9 May 2016 : http://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/blog/uniaktuell/entry/suchmaschinen_f%C3%BCr_argumente