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Helsinki, Finland, August 18 - 20, 1997


The biennial Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence is an
international, open Scandinavian forum for scientific exchange and
presentation of AI research and development. The conference language is
English. The aim of the conference is to cover all aspects of AI, and to
bring together basic and applied research. The technical programme will
include paper and poster presentations, invited talks and panels.

The major theme for SCAI'97 will be Intelligent Agents. The concept of
an agent has become important in both artificial intelligence and
mainstream computer science. An agent is a hardware or software system
that is automonous, interactive with and reactive to its environment and
other agents. An agent can also be pro-active in taking the initiative
in goal-directed behaviour.

We solicit papers in all areas of Artificial Intelligence, and in
particular in the area of Intelligent Agents. Agents have a clear
potential in commercial and practical use, and industry is therefore
encouraged to submit papers.

There is a limited amount of grants available for participating graduate
students from the Nordic countries and for researchers from
North-Western Russia and the Baltic States.

SCAI '97 is hosted by the University of Helsinki and organised by the
Finnish Artificial Intelligence Society in cooperation with the Danish,
Norwegian and Swedish Artificial Intelligence Societies.

Related events

The conference will be held concurrently with the Third Nordic Workshop
on Genetic Algorithms (3NWGA, for more information contact Jarmo Alander or take a look at Both
conferences are held in the same university building in the core of
downtown Helsinki. The conference is succeeded by the Summer School on
Natural Computation in Turku on August 25-29 (for more information on the
summer school contact Kaisa Sere or take a look at

Submission of papers

Authors are requested to submit 8 hard-copies of papers written in
English. Submitted papers should be unpublished and present original
work. Papers should be double-spaced and not exceed 6000 words (10
pages). Each copy of the paper should include a separate title page
containing the title, full names, postal addresses, phone numbers and
e-mail addresses of all authors and an abstract of 100-200 words.

Submission of posters

Authors who wish to submit a poster, are requested to submit 8
hard-copies of a 2-page poster abstract written in English. A poster may
present research results and also on-going work or a project group.

Papers and posters should be sent to

Gosta Grahne
Department of Computer Science,
P. O. Box 26

fax: + 358 9 708 44441
phone: +358 9 708 44236

Accepted papers will be published by IOS Press in their series
Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications.

Key Dates
March 15, 1997 - Submission deadline.
May 2, 1997 - Notification of acceptance or rejection
June 6, 1997 - Camera ready paper due

Invited Speakers

Joseph Y. Halpern, Cornell University
Teuvo Kohonen, Helsinki University of Technology
Sarit Kraus, Bar-Ilan University and University of Maryland
Erkki Oja, Helsinki University of Technology
Yoav Shoham, Stanford University
Lotfi A. Zadeh, University of California, Berkeley

Programme committee

Gosta Grahne, University of Helsinki, programme chair
Agnar Aamodt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Francesco Bergadano, University of Torino
Eric Astor, Lund University
Keith Downing, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Tapio Elomaa, University of Helsinki
Rune Gustavsson, University College of Karlskrona Ronneby
Eero Hyvonen, VTT Finland, Espoo
Gregers Koch, University of Copenhagen
Jan Komorowski, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Fangzhen Lin, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Seppo Linnainmaa, VTT Finland
Jacek Malec, Linkoping University, University of Malardalen
Jalal Maleki, Linkoping University
Michail Matskin, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Brian Mayoh, Aarhus University
Jorgen Fischer Nilsson, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen
Vesa Niskanen, University of Helsinki,
Jan Olsson, Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS), Stockholm
John Perram, Odense University
Tuomas Sandholm, Washington University
Kaisa Sere, University of Kuopio
Costas Spyropoulos, Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications, Athens
Bjornar Tessem, University of Bergen
Enn Tuygu, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Walter Van de Velde, Brussels Free University
Tanja Yakhno, A. P. Ershov Institute of Information Systems, Novosibirsk

Conference organising committee
Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki

Gosta Grahne, organising co-chair
Tapio Elomaa, organising co-chair
Paivi Kuuppelomaki, secretary
Greger Linden, publicity manager
Matti Nykanen, treasurer

Conference secretariat
Paivi Kuuppelomaki
Department of Computer Science,
P. O. Box 26

fax: + 358 9 708 44441
phone: +358 9 708 44248

Conference web page

Welcome to Helsinki !

"Throughout the city, the sea follows you, its salty tongue lapping at
the sides of metropolitan bridges and boulevards, pressing its way into
residential areas, creating natural harbours and sudden bays. In
summer, the sea glistens and preens under a tireless sun, driving the
light-starved locals wild with its shine. Autumn arrives and, as
darkness encroaches and the rains begin to fall, it begins to churn,
creating a world of wet and grey where the borders between sea and land
are no longer distinct. Only during the long cold winter does the sea
finally rest, freezing into an endless expanse on which weekend
promenaders can walk dogs or try out their cross-country skis."

- Insight Guide to Finland, 1996

Although you tire of the "wild locals" or bad weather, remember that
middle August is still summer, that you more likely will need summer
clothes, even if there might be occasional showers. The university is
conveniently situated in the city center by the Senate Square. The main
building designed by Engel is one of the Empire style pearls in the
center. The university, by the way, is the largest one in Finland with
approximately 30 000 students. It was founded in Turku/+bo in 1640 by
the Swedish queen Christina and later moved to Helsinki. The department
of computer science (located some 5 km from the center and the main
building) is the largest in its kind in Finland with a staff of
approximately 70 teachers and researchers and some 1000 students
majoring in computer science.

Helsinki, the capital and largest city in Finland, has a population of
500,000. It is situated on a peninsula expanding to the west, north,
and east. Its main sights are the art museum of the Ateneum, the
cathedral and the orthodox Uspensky cathedral, the "new" Temppeliaukio
church built in a rock, the Market Square, the National, City, and Amos
Andersson Museums, as well as the Parliament Building, the Finlandia
Hall, and the new Opera House. The center is flooded with,
restaurants, cafes, and terraces. Also do not forget to take advantage
of all the summer events Helsinki provides. The Helsinki festival (end
August-early September) offers a wide range of events from classical
music to pop concerts to theatre performances and art exhibitions.
Finally, the surroundings provide many a beautiful or interesting place
for excursions. So, come and enjoy!

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has direct flight connections
world-wide, e.g., to Japan where the next IJCAI conference is held
shortly after SCAI '97.