ECAI 2000 and PAIS 2000: Call for Papers

Joscha Bach (bach@informatik.hu-berlin.de)
Thu, 4 Nov 1999 12:06:41 +0100 (MET)

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ECAI 2000
14th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Berlin, Humboldt University
August 20-25, 2000

Organized by GI (German Informatics Society) and ECCAI (European
Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence)
Hosted by Humboldt University Berlin

We invite you to celebrate ECAI 2000 in Berlin.

In the tradition of previous ECAIs the conference will bring together
researchers and developers from academy and industry in order to present
the state of the art in AI both in research and in applications.
The technical program will have a scientific track (paper presentations,
invited talks, panel discussions), workshops, and tutorials.

For the first time ECAI comprises the "Prestigious Applications of
Intelligent Systems (PAIS-2000)" sub-conference. The purpose of this
event is to provide a forum for industry practitioners to learn about
the power and applicability of selected intelligent systems techniques
and share experience on the applicability, development and deployment
of intelligent systems in industry. This will be the largest showcase in
Europe of real application using intelligent systems technology and the
ideal place to meet with those working to make successful applications.

ECAI 2000 differs from previous ECAIs in that we plan a very special
conference. Among the programs thought to realize this purpose is an
exhibition concept that reflects the AI's history and its gaining
grounds in the 20th century and its progress paths envisioned into the
21st century. Furthermore, we plan to have a rather unusual sidetrack
meant to attract layman such that ECAI 2000 becomes an event in Berlin
and not only one of diverse scientific congresses hardly noticed by the
public. In so far, we aim at presenting AI on ECAI 2000 in a very broad
scope in order to show its relation to other classical and advanced
IT-themes (e.g. databases, distributed computing, robotics, operations
research, artificial life, neuro sciences, virtual reality, and
multimedia).

You find further information on the web pages of ECAI 2000:
www.ecai2000.hu-berlin.de

On behalf of the conference officials

Kurt Sundermeyer
DaimlerChrysler AG
Local Chair ECAI2000

"At the change of ages we will make ECAI 2000 in Berlin a special
conference"
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ECAI 2000 CALL FOR PAPERS

The ECAI-2000 Programme Committee invites submission of papers for the Technical
Programme of the 14th biennial European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(ECAI-2000).

IMPORTANT DATES

2 Feb 2000 Deadline for paper summaries
4 Feb 2000 Deadline for papers
28 Apr 2000 Notification of acceptance
29 May 2000 Camera-ready copies of papers
23-25 Aug 2000 Technical programme at ECAI-2000

Submissions are invited on substantial, original and previously unpublished
research in all fields of Artificial Intelligence, including, but not limited
to:

Abduction
AI and Creativity
Adaptive Systems
Affective Computation
Art and Music
Automated Reasoning
Autonomous Agents
Bayesian Learning
Belief Revision
Case-Based Reasoning
Causal Reasoning
Cognitive Modelling
Cognitive Robotics
Conceptual Graphs
Constraint Programming
Constraint Satisfaction
Constraint-Based Reasoning
Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
Deduction
Description Logics
Diagnosis
Distributed AI
Genetic Algorithms
Human Language Technology
Inductive Logic Programming
Information Retrieval and Presentation
Intelligent User Interfaces
Knowledge Acquisition
Knowledge Representation
Lifelike and Believable Characters
Logic Programming
Machine Learning
Meta-Heuristics for AI
Model-Based Reasoning
Multi-Agent Systems
Natural Language Processing
Neural Networks
Nonmonotonic Reasoning
Ontologies
Perception
Philosophical Foundations
Planning
Probabilistic Networks
Qualitative Reasoning
Reactive Control
Real-time Systems
Reasoning about Actions and Change
Reinforcement Learning
Resource-Bounded Reasoning
Reuse of Knowledge
Robotics
Scheduling
Search
Signal Understanding
Spatial Reasoning
Speech Processing
Temporal Reasoning
Text Mining
Theorem Proving
Uncertainty in AI
User Modeling
Verification and Validation of Knowledge-Based Systems
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Vision

Formatting guidelines

It is highly recommended to submit papers using the final camera-ready
formatting style. Submissions must not exceed five pages in camera-ready format.
Submissions of unformatted papers are limited to 6000 words including footnotes,
figure captions, tables, appendices, and bibliography. Each half-page of figures
will be counted as 600 words. (Please note that for some papers five camera-
ready pages may be considerably less than 6000 words in practice.) Overlength
submissions will be rejected without review. Authors submitting unformatted
papers must include a word count on their paper.
Latex style files to support formatting of submissions will be available.
Final versions of accepted papers will be required to conform strictly to the
formatting requirements specified in the ECAI-2000 Style Guide (not available
yet). Each accepted paper will be allocated five pages in the proceedings.

Submission procedure

Submission is a two-stage process. Authors are asked to submit a brief summary
of their paper by 2 February 2000. The strongly preferred submission method is
to use the web-based summary submission form. Submitted summaries will be
assigned a unique tracking number that should be marked on the full paper
submission. Authors without access to the web should send a summary including
the title, authors, contact address and abstract for the paper (maximum 200
words), plus keywords drawn from the above list (plus other keywords if
appropriate) to the ECAI-2000 Programme Chair (by email or postal mail). The
summary information and the tracking number should also be included with the
paper itself, on a separate sheet of paper. (Authors not able to use the web-
based submission form may omit the tracking number).

Submission of the paper is in hard copy form only, fax or electronic submissions
will not be accepted. Six copies of the paper (each including the summary sheet)
should be sent by postal mail or courier service to the ECAI-2000 Programme
Chair, Werner Horn, at the address below. The deadline for receipt of papers is
4 February 2000. Papers received after this date will not be reviewed.
Notification of receipt of full papers will be mailed to the corresponding
author soon after receipt.

ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSION

Werner Horn, ECAI-2000 Programme Chair
Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (ÖFAI)
Schottengasse 3
A-1010 Vienna
Austria

Summary form:

http://www.ecai2000.hu-berlin.de/summary.html (not available yet)

Multiple submissions policy

ECAI-2000 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 specialized 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.

The review process

All submissions will be subject to academic peer review by the ECAI-2000
Programme Committee under the chairmanship of the ECAI-2000 Programme Committee
Chair. The ECAI-2000 Programme Committee Chair has final authority over the
review process and all decisions relating to acceptance of papers. Review
criteria include originality of ideas, technical soudness, significance of
results, and quality of presentation. Notification of acceptance or rejection of
submitted papers will be mailed to the corresponding author by 28 April 2000.

Conference proceedings

The conference proceedings will be published and distributed by IOS Press. The
authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready copies of papers,
conforming to the ECAI-2000 formatting guidelines, for inclusion in the
proceedings. The deadline for receipt of the camera-ready copy is 29 May 2000.
Note that at least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the
conference to present the paper.

ECAI-2000 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial
Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by HU Berlin on behalf of Gesellschaft für
Informatik.

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CALL FOR PAPERS
Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems
PAIS-2000

ECAI is pleased to announce its "Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems
(PAIS-2000)" sub-conference. The PAIS-2000 Programme Committee invites authors
to submit application papers.

This event, associated with ECAI-2000 is created to specifically highlight
significant successful applications of Intelligent Systems technology. The
purpose of the event is to provide a forum for industry practitioners to learn
about the power and applicability of selected IS techniques and share experience
on the applicability, development and deployment of intelligent systems in
industry. This will be the largest showcase in Europe of real application using
Intelligent Systems (IS) technology and the ideal place to meet with those
working to make successful IS based applications.

The Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems event will present papers
describing successful applications of intelligent systems. Papers are selected
to highlight critical areas of success (and failure) and to present the benefits
and lessons of value to other developers. Submitted papers should make these
points clear. Papers should contain sections covering the following information:
Descriptive Title and Abstract: These should convey clearly and simply what the
application is and its operational status. Do use a title that makes it clear to
a reader what the application is. Don't use a clever, but obscure title.

Problem description: This should describe the problem that the application
solves, stating the objectives of the application and explaining why an
Intelligent Systems (IS) solution was required. If other solutions were tried
and failed, briefly outline these solutions with reasons for failure.

Application description: This should describe the solution to the problem, with
technical details on design and implementation. It should describe any
methodological approach used, detail the key IS techniques used and if
appropriate show how they were integrated with conventional techniques. If
commercial tools were used they should be identified and reasons for their
selection given.

Application building: This should describe the size and skill make-up of the
project team, how long is took to build and the costs involved. How it was/will
be installed and introduced to the users, with details of any training required.
Describe any plans for maintenance, in particular how the knowledge is expected
to change over time, and any features to aid the updating of knowledge, etc.

Application benefits: Were potential benefits identified before building the
application and have these been realised or are likely to be realised? Has the
application been in use and, if so, how often has it been used and by how many
users? What further long term benefits are expected? What future plans have been
made for its enhancement and use?

For PAIS-2000, a paper is acceptable even if it describes a system which has not
yet been installed, PROVIDED the application is original AND the paper discusses
the aspects and issues that would help someone thinking of implementing a
similar system in their own organisation. It must concisely describe and scope
the problem tackled, saying why it is hard, and why IS techniques are needed. It
should also make clear the status of the system, and should discuss such things
as the project duration and effort, how the project was justified and the
expected benefits estimated, any problems encountered, the performance of the
final system and the reactions of users.
The Review process is different and separate from the ECAI technical conference.
Papers will be evaluated by experienced application developers, based on the
above criterion. Accepted papers will be published in the ECAI proceedings.

IMPORTANT DATES

2 Feb 2000 Deadline for PAIS paper summaries
4 Feb 2000 Deadline for papers
28 Apr 2000 Notification of acceptance
29 May 2000 Camera-ready copies of papers
23-25 Aug 2000 PAIS-2000

Formatting guidelines

It is highly recommended to submit papers using the final camera-ready
formatting style. Submissions must not exceed five pages in camera-ready format.
Submissions of unformatted papers are limited to 6000 words including footnotes,
figure captions, tables, appendices, and bibliography. Each half-page of figures
will be counted as 600 words. (Please note that for some papers five camera-
ready pages may be considerably less than 6000 words in practice.) Overlength
submissions will be rejected without review. Authors submitting unformatted
papers must include a word count on their paper.
Latex style filesto support formatting of submissions will be available.

Final versions of accepted papers will be required to conform strictly to the
formatting requirements specified in the ECAI-2000 Style Guide. Each accepted
paper will be allocated five pages in the proceedings.

Submission procedure

Submission is a two-stage process. Authors are asked to submit a brief summary
of their paper by 2 February 2000. The strongly preferred submission method is
to use the web-based PAIS summary submission form. Submitted summaries will be
assigned a unique tracking number that should be marked on the full paper
submission.
Authors without access to the web should send a summary including the title,
authors, contact address and abstract for the paper (maximum 200 words), plus a
set if indicative keywords to the ECAI-2000 Programme Chair (by email or postal
mail). The summary information and the tracking number should also be included
with the paper itself, on a separate sheet of paper. (Authors not able to use
the web-based submission form may omit the tracking number).

Submission of the paper is in hard copy form only, fax or electronic submissions
will not be accepted. Six copies of the paper (each including the summary sheet)
should be sent by postal mail or courier service to the ECAI-2000 Programme
Chair, Werner Horn, at the address below.
The deadline for receipt of papers is 4 February 2000. Papers received after
this date will not be reviewed. Notification of receipt of full papers will be
mailed to the corresponding author soon after receipt.

ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSION

Werner Horn, PAIS-2000
Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (ÖFAI)
Schottengasse 3
A-1010 Vienna
Austria

Email: pais2000@ai.univie.ac.at

Tel: +43-1-4277-63114
Fax: +43-1-4277-9631

The review process

All submissions will be subject to review by a team of experienced application
developers in the PAIS-2000 Programme Committee under the chairmanship of the
PAIS-2000 Programme Committee Chair, Rob Milne. The PAIS-2000 Programme
Committee Chair has final authority over the review process and all decisions
relating to acceptance of papers. Notification of acceptance or rejection of
submitted papers will be mailed to the corresponding author by 28 April 2000.

Conference proceedings

Accepted PAIS-2000 papers will appear in a special section of the ECAI
conference proceedings and will be published and distributed by IOS Press. The
authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready copies of papers,
conforming to the ECAI-2000 formatting guidelines, for inclusion in the
proceedings. The deadline for receipt of the camera-ready copy is 29 May 2000.
Note that at least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the
conference to present the paper.

PAIS-2000 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial
Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the Humboldt University on behalf of
Gesellschaft für Informatik.

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