ASPIC is focused on knowledge-based services for the Information Society, based on semantically rich logic formalisms called argumentation systems. Over the last ten years, interest in argumentation has expanded dramatically, driven in part by theoretical advances but also by successful demonstrations of a wide range of practical applications. Initially, ASPIC will develop a common framework to underpin the services that are emerging as core functions of the argumentation paradigm. These include reasoning, decision-making, learning and communication.
The end goal is a suite of software components based on this framework and a development platform for integrating these components with knowledge (e.g. semantic web) resources and legacy systems. ASPIC will provide a sound basis for discussions of technical standards. ASPIC stresses the need to establish a formal foundation to support the creation, deployment and validation of practical argumentation systems and the core components will be developed using rigorous software engineering techniques.
The consortium includes partners experienced in using argumentation systems in eHealth, eCommerce and eGovernment applications and these domains will provide practical domains for testing and validating technology components. Towards the end of the project, the complete ASPIC platform will be used to demonstrate a large-scale application in knowledge management for product development. The consortium includes leading European researchers and experienced industrial partners with unrivalled technical competence and track records.
The deliverables of the project will include contributions to basic research, sound and scalable software, and innovative applications. The main body of the work is centred on the Priority Thematic Area "Information Society technologies", objective 22.214.171.124 "Semantic-based knowledge systems" in particular, and will also make a significant contribution to the goals of 126.96.36.199. "eHealth".
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
NY 11210 New York
WC2A 3PX London
L69 3BX Liverpool
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
3584 CS Utrecht