ASPIC project

ASPIC projectASPIC project

Argumentation Service Platform with Integrated Components
Supported by the EU 6th Framework Programme (January 2004 - September 2007)

The goal of ASPIC was to develop knowledge-based services based on semantically rich logic formalisms called Argumentation Systems.

Over the last ten years, interest in argumentation has expanded dramatically, driven in part by theo-retical advances but also by successful demonstrations of a wide range of practical applications.

ASPIC aimed to develop a common framework to underpin services that are emerging as core functions of the argumentation paradigm. These include reasoning, decision-making, learning and communication. The end goal was 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 aimed also to provide a sound basis for discussions of technical standards. ASPIC stressed the need to establish a formal foundation to support the creation, deployment and validation of practical argumentation systems and core components, using rigorous software engineering techniques.

The consortium includes partners experienced in using argumentation systems in e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Government applications and these scientific areas 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 at least two large-scale applications in knowledge management for product development.


  • LogicDIS S.A., Greece (Co-ordinator)
  • Advanced Computation Lab., Cancer Research UK, (Technology co-ordinator)
  • Zeus Consulting S.A., Greece
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse, France
  • University of Liverpool, UK
  • University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • City University of New York