CFP : STAIRS + Information about ECAI/STAIRS grants

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    Please find here the call for papers for :

    STAIRS 2002: First European Starting AI Researcher Symposium
                  *** Submission deadline: March 1, 2002 ***

    Note that travel grants for participation to ECAI/STAIRS conference are
    avalaible :

    "An ECAI Travel Award Scheme has been established to support
    students, young researchers and faculty who are members of an ECAI
    affiliated society participating in ACAI and ECAI. The awards,
    valued at 400 Euros each, are for reimbursement of travel and part
    payment of registration fees..."

    Please check for eligibility rules
    and application procedure.


    Sandra Nogry


    Affiliated to ECAI'2002, Lyon, July 22-23, 2002


    STAIRS'2002 is the first European Starting AI Researcher Symposium, an
    international meeting aimed at AI researchers, from all countries, at
    the beginning of their career: PhD students or people holding a PhD
    for less than one year. It offers them:
       1.a first experience on submitting and presenting a paper in an
    international forum with a broad scope and thorough selection process;
       2.the opportunity to gather knowledge and exchange ideas related to
    their research problems and approaches, and to attend ECAI at a
    reduced cost;
       3.information on European research careers and mobility.

    STAIRS'2002 will be held in Lyon, in the period immediately preceeding


    Additional information about STAIRS'2002 will be found on the
    Symposium web pages:


      Title and abstract due to the PC co-chairs March 1, 2002
      Paper submission deadline March 6, 2002
      Notification of acceptance sent to authors April 19, 2002
      Camera-ready copies due to the PC co-chairs May 6, 2002
      Symposium venue July 22-23, 2002


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    unpublished research in all fields of Artificial Intelligence,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

    Adaptive Systems
    Automated Reasoning
    Autonomous Agents
    Case-Based Reasoning
    Causal and Probabilistic Reasoning
    Cognitive Science in AI
    Data Mining and Information Retrieval
    Description Logics and Conceptual Graphs
    Diagnosis and Abduction
    Distributed AI
    Genetic Algorithms and Soft Computing
    Intelligent User Interfaces
    Intelligent Web Applications
    Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
    Logic Programming
    Machine Learning
    Model-based and Qualitative reasoning
    Multi-Agent Systems
    Natural Language Processing and Speech Recognition
    Neural Networks
    Non monotonic Reasoning
    Planning and Scheduling
    Real-time AI and Control
    Reasoning about Actions and Change
    Spatial and Temporal Reasoning
    Uncertainty in AI

    Additionally, we welcome contributions addressing practical results
    and lessons learned from the integration of artificial intelligence
    techniques into industrial applications, either completed or in
    progress. Such papers should be clearly identified as "Application
    paper" and will be treated separately by the Program Committee.


    Submission is a two-stage process. Authors are first asked to submit a
    summary of their research paper by March 1st, 2002, by sending it to, including the title, the names of all authors
    with full affiliations and email addresses, the contact author, and an
    abstract of the paper (maximum 200 words), plus keywords drawn from
    the above list of topics (plus other keywords if appropriate). Please
    do not forget to add "Application paper" when relevant.

    The full paper should be sent electronically to the same address by
    March 6th, 2002, in either PostScript or PDF format (the latter being
    highly preferred). Free services to convert a number of widely used
    file formats to PDF are available at and
     If electronic submission is problematic, please contact both PC co-
    chairs by February 15 (addresses are below).

    It is highly recommended to submit papers using the final camera-ready
    formatting style (including authors and affiliations on the first
    page). Submissions must not exceed ten pages in camera-ready format,
    following their instructions given in files available on the web site.
    Over length submissions will be rejected without review. The final
    version of accepted papers will be required to conform strictly to
    these guidelines, and will be allocated ten pages in the proceedings.

    Papers received after March 6th 2002 (23:59 CET) will not be reviewed.
    Notification of receipt of full papers will be emailed to the
    corresponding author soon after receipt.


    Papers should address significant research works undertaken by the
    authors. At least one of the authors must be a PhD student, or a
    person holding a PhD for less than a year. Preference will be given to
    papers whose authors are all in such condition.

    All submissions will be subject to academic peer review by the
    STAIRS'2002 Program Committee. Each paper will be assigned at least
    two reviewers. Review criteria include originality of ideas, technical
    soundness, significance of results, and quality of presentation.

    Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted papers will be
    emailed to the corresponding author by April 19, 2002.


    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 STAIRS'2002 formatting guidelines,
    for inclusion in the proceedings. The deadline for receipt of the
    camera-ready copy is May 6, 2002.

    For each accepted paper, at least one author, and most preferably one
    of the beginner researchers involved in the work, is required to
    attend the conference to present the paper.


    At least one best paper of the conference will be selected by the
    STAIRS'2002 Program Committee, and announced during the Gala Dinner on
    the evening of July the 22nd. The authors of this paper, as well as
    those of other papers selected by the Program Committee, will be
    invited to submit a longer version for a fast review process for
    publication in the AI Com journal.


    Thierry Vidal
    ENIT Tarbes,

    47, avenue d'Azereix - BP 1629
    F-65016 Tarbes cedex, France
    Tel: +33-5-62442762

    Paolo Liberatore
    Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica,

    University of Roma La Sapienza,
    Via Salaria 113, I-00198, Roma, Italy
    Tel: +39-0649918488


    The PC consists of 39 junior established researchers, most of them
    having completed their PhD in the past decade, and either European or
    working in a European research team.

    Liliana Ardissono, University of Turin, Italy
    Carlos Areces, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Alessandro Artale, UMIST University of Manchester, United Kingdom
    Bernhard Beckert, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
    Gianluca Bontempi, Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum,
    Jean-Cédric Chappelier, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in
    George Coghill, University of Wales, UK
    Silvia Coradeschi, Örebro University, Sweden
    Carlos Damásio, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    Khalid Daoudi, INRIA Lorraine, France
    Nadja De Carolis, University of Bari, Italy
    Alvaro del Val, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
    Luc de Raedt, Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany
    Yannis Dimopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
    Alexis Drogoul, University Paris 6, France
    Florence Dupin de Saint-Cyr, Université d'Angers, France
    Dieter Fox, University of Washington, USA
    Jose Manuel Gutierrez, University of Cantabria, Spain
    Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
    Patrick Lambrix, Linköpings universitet, Sweden
    Vincenzo Lombardo, Universitŕ del Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogadro",
    Vittorio Maniezzo, Universitŕ di Bologna, Italy
    Dunja Mladenic, Josez Stefan Institute Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Abdel-Illah Mouaddib, University of Caen, France
    Bart Netten, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Barry O'Sullivan, University College Cork, Ireland
    Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK
    Jochen Renz, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
    Jussi Rintanen, Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany
    Florence Sellini, Airbus, UK
    Barry Smyth, University College Dublin, Ireland
    Steffen Staab, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
    Csaba Szepesvári, Mindmaker Ltd, Hungary
    Hans Tompits, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
    Ioannis Tsamardinos, University of Pittsburgh, USA
    Sofie Verbaeten, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    Rob Vingerhoeds, Siemens, Toulouse, France
    Lluís Vila, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain
    Pinar Özturk, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology Throndheim,


    Nathalie Guin-Duclosson
    Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systčmes d'Information (LISI)
    Université Claude Bernard - Lyon 1
    Nautibus (Bâtiment 710), 8 Boulevard Niels Bohr
    Domaine scientifique de la Doua, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex, France
    Email :

    with Olivier Aubert, Pierre-Antoine Champin, Stéphanie Jean-Daubias,
    Serge Fenet, Sandra Nogry, Simone Pimont, Arnaud Stuber, Olivier

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