IEEE 4th International Workshop on Systems Management (Theme: Exploitation of Data Mining and Visualization Age) Montreal Quebec, Canada June 28-30, 2000 This workshop is the fourth in a series of highly successful forums for the discussion of research in the area of systems management. Previous workshops have been held in Los Angeles, California, Toronto, Ontario, and Newport, RI. This year the scope of this workshop is mining, visualization, management, and acquisition of data for network and systems management. With the widespread adoption of standards for data collection (e.g., SNMP in data networks CMIP in telecommunications networks) and the growing acceptance of technologies for information modeling (e.g., UML, XML, and CIM), the next challenge for network and systems management is interpreting the data. These interpretations should be task oriented, such as for problem detection, problem diagnosis, and planning. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers with in-depth knowledge of data interpretation and presentation to focus on challenges of network and systems management. These challenges include: heterogeneous data semantics, dealing with large data volumes, noisely data, high dimensional data, dearth of labelled data for supervised learning, and the exploitation of underlying structure (e.g., based on network topologies). To aid in our objective, several data sets will be provided in advance of the workshop, along with some background about the kinds of information that should be extracted. Workshop participants are encouraged to submit papers (or extended abstracts) that apply their techniques to these data. The URL for our site is http://www.csd.uwo.ca/SMW4.
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