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AUGUST 23-28 1998 BRIGHTON UK ( `-'



The ECAI-98 Programme Committee is pleased to announce a special
programme of short papers for young researchers.

6 Mar 1998 Deadline for abstracts
11 Mar 1998 Deadline for papers
15 Apr 1998 Notification of acceptance
15 May 1998 Camera-ready copies of papers
26-28 Aug 1998 Student programme at ECAI-98

The aim is to encourage younger AI researchers to attend ECAI-98 and to
present their on-going work, in the form of short (2 page) papers, which
will appear in the conference proceedings. A short paper may either
report on the innovative points of work in progress, or on a particular
result of special interest.

The call is open to researchers who satisfy at least one of the
following criteria on 11 March 1998:

- they are under 28 years old
- they are currently studying for a PhD or other degree
qualification in AI (or a related topic)
- they received a PhD in AI (or a related topic) within the past
two years.

Submissions are invited on original and previously unpublished research
in all aspects of AI, including, but not limited to:

Abduction, Temporal, Causal Reasoning, and Diagnosis; Automated
Reasoning; Application and Enabling Technologies; Belief Revision and
Nonmonotonic Reasoning; Case-Based Reasoning; Cognitive Modelling and
Philosophical Foundations; Computational Linguistics; Constraint-Based
Reasoning and Constraint Programming; Distributed AI and Multiagent
Systems; Fuzzy Logic; Knowledge Acquisition; Knowledge Representation;
Logic Programming, and Theorem Proving; Machine Learning, Knowledge
Discovery and Data Mining; Natural Language and Intelligent User
Interfaces; Neural Networks in AI; Planning, Scheduling, and Reasoning
about Actions; Probabilistic Networks; Qualitative Preferences and
Decision in AI; Qualitative and Spatial Reasoning; Reasoning under
Uncertainty; Robotics, Vision, and Signal Understanding; Search and
Meta-Heuristics for AI; Verification, Validation and Testing of
Knowledge-Based Systems.

Submissions should be two pages long using the format described on
the ECAI-98 Style Guide web page:

A latex style file is available on the website (or on request. to Accepted papers will be required to conform
more strictly to the publishers' formatting requirements, which will be
broadly in line with the present formatting guidelines.

Submission procedure

Submission is a two stage process, similar to the process for long
papers. An electronic abstract should be sent to by 6
March 1998. This summary should include the title, author, contact
address and abstract for the paper, plus keywords drawn from the above
list (plus other keywords if appropriate). A web-based summary
submission form is available to make this easier. This summary
information should also be included with the paper itself, on a separate
sheet of paper.

Submission of the paper is in hard copy form only, electronic
submissions will not be accepted. Four copies of the paper (each
including the summary sheet), should be sent by post to the ECAI-98
Programme Chair, Henri Prade, at the address below. The title page
should include a statement indicating which of the above eligibility
criteria the author satisfies and that the paper has not been submitted
elsewhere. The deadline for receipt of papers is 11 March 1998. Papers
received after this date will not be reviewed.

Henri Prade, ECAI-98 Programme Chair
Universite Paul Sabatier
118 route de Narbonne
31062 TOULOUSE Cedex 4

Tel: +33(0)561 55 65 79
Fax: +33(0)561 55 62 39

Multiple submissions policy

ECAI-98 will not accept any paper which at the time of submission is under
review for, or has already been published or accepted for publication in a
journal or another conference. Authors are also expected not to submit their
papers elsewhere during the review period. These restrictions apply only to
journals and conferences and not to workshops or similar specialised
meetings with limited audiences. The title page should include a statement
that the paper is not under review or accepted for publication in another
conference or journal.

However, if a young researcher has already submitted a regular paper
to ECAI-98, a new submission on the same topic in the form of a short
paper is permitted provided that the author declares it on submission.
If the regular paper is accepted, the short paper will be considered to
have been withdrawn. However such a double submission is not encouraged.

The review process

The short papers will be reviewed under the control of the ECAI-98
Program Committee under the chairmanship of the ECAI-98 Programme Chair.
The ECAI-98 Programme Chair has final authority over the review process
and all decisions relating to acceptance of papers.

Accepted papers will be allocated 15 minutes for oral presentation and 2
pages in the official ECAI-98 proceedings.

Note: as is usual at ECAI conferences, students will be able to register
for the conference at a significantly reduced and subsidised rate. The
registration rate for students who register before June 1st will be 90
pounds sterling.

ECAI-98 Secretariat Tel: +44(0)1273 678448
Centre for Advanced Software Applications Fax: +44(0)1273 671320
University of Sussex Email:
Brighton, BN1 9QH, UK URL:

ECAI-98 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial
Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex
on behalf of AISB.