Call for Papers: Special Issue on Reasoning with Inconsistent, Incomplete, and Uncertain Knowledge
IEEE Intelligent Systems seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.

The management and processing of inconsistent, incomplete, and uncertain knowledge is a crucial issue in the development of intelligent systems. Nowadays, such systems have to efficiently manage large amounts of information of different kinds, often represented in different formats and coming from different sources, such as databases, knowledge bases, sensor networks, and various data-driven applications. In the presence of such complex and heterogeneous forms of information, incompleteness, inconsistency, and/or inherent uncertainty inevitably arise. These scenarios call for innovative and intelligent approaches that, by leveraging AI techniques, are able to represent inconsistency, incompleteness, and uncertainty explicitly and deal with them adequately. Such approaches are crucial to model real-world scenarios, making systems more effective and successful.

Moreover, in many domains, knowledge is subject to frequent changes, so handling evolving knowledge is a key feature that knowledge-based systems should provide. In domains having high-impact consequences (such as healthcare and cybersecurity), intelligent systems should support human-in-the-loop models that provide tools to help users understand and interpret the decisions they suggest, while tackling the challenges of inconsistency, incompleteness, and uncertainty.

This special issue should be of interest to the AI community focusing on applications in:

  • Inconsistency- and exception-tolerant reasoning, paraconsistent logics
  • Incompleteness in knowledge management
  • Probabilistic knowledge bases and reasoning
  • Vagueness and many-valued and fuzzy logics
  • Modeling, inference, and decision-making under uncertainty

Important Dates

Submissions due: December 30, 2021
First round of reviews: February 24, 2022
Revised/final versions due: April 28, 2022
Final decisions: May 19, 2022
Special issue published: May/June 2022

Submission Guidelines

For author information and guidelines on submission criteria, visit the Author Information page. Please submit papers through the ScholarOne system, and be sure to select the special-issue name. Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please submit only full papers intended for review, not abstracts, to the ScholarOne portal.


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Guest Editors

Enrico Malizia (Università di Bologna, Italy)
Cristian Molinaro (Università della Calabria, Italy)
Francesco Parisi (Università della Calabria, Italy)

Special Issue on Reasoning with Inconsistent, Incomplete, and Uncertain Knowledge
30 December 2021