From: ITS (its@IRO.UMontreal.CA)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2000 - 21:14:15 MET DST

The Ninth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence:
              Methodology, Systems, Applications
                       AIMSA 2000
        September 20-23, 2000 Varna, Bulgaria

Important Dates
Submission deadline: May 6, 2000
Notification of acceptance: June 3, 2000
Deadline for final papers: June 19, 2000
Conference: September 20-23, 2000
The AIMSA conference series has provided a biennial forum for the
presentation of AI research and development since 1984. The conference,
which is held in Bulgaria, covers the full range of topics in
Artificial Intelligence and related disciplines and provides an ideal
forum for international scientific exchange between Central/ Eastern
Europe and the rest of the world. AIMSA 2000 is sponsored by
ECCAI, European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence.

The Ninth Edition of AIMSA is focussed on Web processing, in particular:
Knowledge construction from the Web, Agents and communication languages,
Web-based documents and interfaces, Distance learning and electronic

The conjectures to be debated at the AIMSA 2000 Conference are two:
* For each of the problems that Web processing poses in order to be
effective, some AI Method, System or Application may be used.
* The availability of the Web offers challenging opportunities to
developments in Artificial Intelligence.

The AIMSA'2000 topics of interest also include: Knowledge
Representation, Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Based Systems, Machine
Learning, Data Mining, Natural Language Processing, Reasoning Systems,
Distributed AI, Robotics, Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations, AI
Applications. This is not an exhaustive list, and papers from other AI
areas are also encouraged.

Programme Committee Chair
Stefano A. Cerri
Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microelectronique de
Montpellier (LIRMM)
161, Rue Ada; 34392 Montpellier Cedex 05, France
Voice: +33 (0) 467 41 86 62

Programme Committee

Gennady Agre(Bulgaria) Igor Kononenko(Slovenia)
Galia Angelova(Bulgaria) Philippe Laublet(France)
Giuseppe Attardi(Italy) Vincenzo Loia(Italy)
Ivan Bratko(Slovenia) Stefan Trausan Matu(Romania)
Joost Breuker(The Netherlands) Alessandro Micarelli(Italy)
John Campbell(United Kingdom) Marc Nanard(France)
Cristina Conati(Canada) Pavol Navrat(Slovakia)
Stefano A. Cerri(France) Tim O'Shea(United Kingdom)
Christo Dichev(Bulgaria) Julian Padget(United Kingdom)
Danail Dochev(Bulgaria) Maria Teresa Pazienza(Italy)
Claude Frasson(Canada) Rachel Pinkilton(United Kingdom)
Guy Gouarderes(France) Allan Ramsay(United Kingdom)
Daniele Herin(France) Jean Sallantin(France)
Philippe Jorrand(France) Oliviero Stock(Italy)
Vladimir Khoroshevsky(Russia) Paolo Traverso(Italy)
Alfred Kobsa(Germany) Gerhard Weber(Germany)

Programme Committee Secretariat
Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microelectronique de
Montpellier (LIRMM)
161, rue Ada; 34392 Montpellier Cedex 05, France
Voice: +33 (0) 467 41 85 03
Fax: +33 (0) 467 41 85 00

Submissions should describe original research. Papers should be
submitted electronically to as an attached PDF or
compressed postscript file. Papers should be written in English and
should be no more than 10 pages in LNCS/LNAI format
( - which is the format
required for the final camera ready copy). The body of message must
include: name(s) of the author(s), title of the paper, a set of
keywords, name, address, fax number and e-mail address of the contact
person. The Proceedings of AIMSA 2000 will be published by Springer in
the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series and will be
available at the conference.

Author Registration Policy
In order for an accepted paper to appear in the proceedings, at least
one of the authors must register for the conference by the deadline for
the camera-ready copy (19th June, 2000).

Selection of Papers
Each paper will be reviewed by at least two members of the program
committee. Selection criteria include accuracy and originality of
ideas, clarity and significance of results, quality of presentation.

The program committee will select one paper of high quality among the
accepted papers. The author(s) will receive the best paper award during
the conference.

The official language of the conference is English.

Conference Location
AIMSA 2000 will be held at the oldest Bulgarian Black see resort - St.
Constantine. It is located in a beautiful natural park with a wonderful
combination of see coast, woods and hot mineral springs. The resort is
only 8 km from the town of Varna. Varna has an international and
domestic airport with flights to and from Sofia (the capital city of
Bulgaria). There are also direct flights connecting the major European
cities with Sofia and Varna. AIMSA'2000 will take place in the
International home of scientists "F. Joliot-Curie" standing in the
middle of the resort.

* Bulgarian Artificial Intelligence Association
* Institute of Information Technologies
* Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians
with the support of the Bulgarian Society for Cognitive Science and of
the Bulgarian Association for Pattern Recognition.

 Local Organization Chair
Danail Dochev
Institute of Information Technologies
Acad. G. Bonchev 29A, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Voice: (+ 359 2) 70 75 86
Fax: (+ 359 2) 72 04 97

Please fill in and return this form by e-mail or surface mail to:

Danail Dochev - AIMSA 2000,
Institute for Information Technologies
Bl. 29A, Acad. G. Bonchev St.
Phone: (359) (2) 707 586
Fax: (+359) (2) 720 497


Surname: First Name:



Correspondence Address:

Phone: Fax:


Date: Signature:

           Registration Fee (in EURO)
[ ] 180 (19 June 2000) Authors of accepted papers

         Early (1 August, 2000) Onsite
[ ] 200 [ ] 250 ECCAI member
[ ] 230 [ ] 270 non member
[ ] 100 [ ] 150 student

* ECCAI members and full time students are required to enclose a
copy of a certificate.

The registration fee for AIMSA 2000 includes admission to the technical
sessions, a copy of the AIMSA 2000 proceedings, the welcome reception
and the conference diner.

Payment may be made by bank transfer to BULBANK Ltd, Kaloyan Branch,
Sofia 1000, Bulgaria, account No 340 004 3018
Institute of Information Technologies-BAS.
Bank code: 621 75 395. SWIFT CODE: BFTBBGSF.

Please make sure that banking fees will not be deduced from the amount

All money transfers must be free of charge for the recipient.

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