IIA/SOCO'99 Announcement/CFP

Hans R. Ryffel (operating@icsc.ab.ca)
Wed, 8 Jul 1998 06:18:15 +0200 (MET DST)

Third International ICSC Symposia on

June 1-4, 1999 at the Palazzo Ducale in Genova, Italy

The International Symposia on Intelligent Industrial Automation (IIA'99)
and Soft Computing (SOCO'99) intend to encompass short-to-long-term effects
of Advanced Information Technology, Soft Computing and other related
'Intelligent Technolgies' in application fields such as Industrial
Automation, Control, Diagnostics, Computer Vision, Robotics, Speech
Recognition and Machine Translation. The general aim of the Symposia is to
address and underline the existing and emerging relationships between
automation, manufacturing and Intelligent Technolgies, with particular
emphasis on Soft Computing.

Contributions are sought on intelligent automation and manufacturing with
emphasis on current and potential applications, with a broad interest in
all the engineering disciplines, computer science and related technology

Following the success of IIA/SOCO'96 (Reading, England) and IIA/SOCO'97
(Nîmes, France), the third symposium will be held in Genova, Italy. The
IIA/SOCO series have established themselves as a platform for scientists
and practitioners from academic, governmental and industrial institutions
to discuss new developments and results in the field of intelligent
technologies. A further follow-up conference has already been scheduled for
the year 2001 in Paisley, Scotland.

Advances in Soft Computing and related techniques Theory and Applications.

AIT (Advanced Information Technology) is one of the major technological
drivers in the advancement of modern society. Nowadays any major
achievement, related to any field of research, is strongly supported by
proper AIT based tools. Very often, such achievements have only been
possible after a proper AIT approach has been designed and implemented. It
is widely known that AIT has a very strong impact on society itself,
radically changing the skills and competencies required in order to
contribute to the everyday human environment.

Given that nowadays the major effort in AIT development is spent in the so
called 'Soft-Computing' arena and that some of the major and indeed,
surprising, achievements in industrial applications come from the
application of soft-computing techniques, the two symposia (IIA'99 and
SOCO'99) will have many common areas of interest, namely

- Neural Networks
- Fuzzy Logic
- Genetic Algorithms
- Chaos Theory
- AI and Expert Systems
- Machine Learning
- Pattern Recognition and Image Understanding

The programs of the two conferences will, however, reflect different themes

- IIA'99 will be directed toward the medium-to-short term, application
  driven, research area  in Intelligent Technologies.

- SOCO'99 is directed toward the long term research in area of Soft

In order to try to overcome the usual borderline existing between theory
and application, the two symposia are run jointly, organized in a way to
have partial overlap with some joint sessions and some common plenary

1. To give both a wide and a deep view of advances in AIT advancement
   offered by soft-computing technologies.
2. To give both the industrial and academic researcher the opportunity
   to discuss together real problems and opportunities.
3. To collect 'best practice' and information on how to perform
   experiments, tests and design products and processes embedding
   and/or using soft-computing technologies.
4. To explicitly and actively function as a 'technology broker',
   giving the opportunity for people to become aware of new problems
   and possible solutions and giving the possibility of finding
   technological partners for joint research and/or future application


IIA'99 will include contributions in the research area of Soft Computing
Application and, more in general, related to medium-to-short term and
application driven developments Advanced Information Technology and
Industrial Intelligent Technology.

Particular emphasis will be laid on industrial realization, experimental
application, application methodology development and/or formalization,
quantitative and qualitative problem modeling.

Contributions are sought mainly in the areas based on the list below

a) Industrial Area
   - Industry
   - Energy
   - Transportation
   - Services
   - Consumer
   - etc.

b) High-Tech Area
   - Innovative Control and Diagnostics
   - Computer Vision
   - Robotics and Remote Sensing
   - Speech Recognition and Machine Translation
   - etc.

c) Green-Tech Area
   - Intelligent Resource Management
   - Intelligent Pollutant Management
   - User Behavior Modeling
   - Intelligent Traffic Control
   - etc.


SOCO'99 will include contributions on long term research (theory
development, enhanced approaches, formal methods comparisons, applications,
etc.) in the area of soft-computing. Contributions  are sought in areas
based on the list below, which is indicative only.

- Neural Networks
- Fuzzy Logic
- Rough Sets
- Genetic Algorithms and Evolutionary Computing
- Chaos Theory
- AI and Expert Systems
- Probabilistic Reasoning
- Machine Learning
- Learning Algorithms and Intelligent Control
- Pattern Recognition and Image Understanding
- Distributed Intelligence
- Self-Organizing Systems
- Fuzzy Databases and Information Retrieval
- Educational Aspects of Soft Computing

A special session on 'Intelligent Systems in Control and Process
Optimization' including a plenary lecture by Prof. Montague (University of
Newcastle, U.K.) is sponsored by the IFS Network and organized by Alberto
Servida, Italy. Contributions are welcome.

The symposia will be held at the Palazzo Ducale, a beautiful historic
building in the city centre of Genova, Italy

IIA'99 and SOCO'99 are sponsored by
- Ansaldo S.p.A.
- DISI - Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University
  of Genoa, Italy
- Commune di Genova, Italy
- University of Genova, Italy
- Cybernetics and Biophysics National Group of the National Research
- IEEE Neural Network Council Italian Regional Interest Group
- International Neural Networks Society and INNS Special Interest Group
- Thematic Network IFS (Intelligent Forecasting System for Refineries and
  Power Systems)
- ICSC International Computer Science Conventions, Canada/Switzerland

- Honorary Chair
  Yutaka Kuwahara, R & D Centre, Hitachi Europe Ltd.

- Symposium Chair
  Riccardo Parenti, Ansaldo Ricerche, Genova, Italy

- Symposium Vice Chair
  Colin Fyfe, University of Paisley, Scotland, U.K.

- Scientific Secretary
  Carla Penno, Ansaldo Ricerche, Genova, Italy

- International Scientific Committee
  Roberto Baratti, Italy
  Zeungnam Bien, Korea
  Piero Bonissone, USA
  Pierre Borne, France
  Hans-Heinrich Bothe, Switzerland/Germany
  Abhay Bulsari, Finland
  Daniele Caviglia, Italy
  Vincent Chapurlat, France
  Raja Chatila, France
  Richard D. Colbaugh, USA
  Anna Maria Colla, Italy
  Clarence W. de Silva, Canada
  H.A. Donegan, U.K.
  José R. Dorronsorro, Spain
  Patrick Gallinari, France
  Edoardo Gilardi, Italy
  Madan M. Gupta, Canada
  Henry H. Hexmoor, USA
  R.J. Howlett, U.K
  Mireille Larnac, France
  Charles McLean, USA
  Antony A. Maciejewski, USA
  Janine Magnier, France
  Franco Masulli, Italy
  Fazel Naghdy, Australia
  Saeid Nahavandi, Australia
  Charles C. Nguyen, USA
  Duc T. Pham, U.K.
  Brian Roffel, Netherlands
  Alberto Servida, Italy
  Peter Vas, U.K.
  Leonello Zaquini, Italy
  Jacek M. Zurada, USA

- Honorary Chair
  Antonio di Nola, University di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy

- Symposium Chair
  Francesco Masulli, University of Genoa, Italy

- Symposium Vice Chair
  Colin Fyfe, University of Paisley, Scotland, U.K.

- International Scientific Committee
  Henry Abarbanel, USA
  Ethem Alpaydin, Turkey
  Peter G. Anderson, USA
  Valeriu Beiu, USA
  Gerardo Beni, USA
  Franco Bignone, Italy
  Freimut Bodendorf, Germany
  Andrej Dobnikar, Slovenia
  Marco Dorigo, Belgium
  Gerard Dray, France
  Marco Gori, Italy
  Hans Hellendoorn, Netherlands
  Laszlo Koczy, Hungary
  Mohammad Jamshidi, USA
  James Keller, USA
  Bart Kosko, USA
  Ludmila Kuncheva, U.K.
  Franz Kurfess, USA
  Sadaaki Miyamoto, Japan
  Claudio Moraga, Germany
  Pietro Morasso, Italy
  Francesco Carlo Morabito, Italy
  Riccardo Parenti, Italy
  David W. Pearson, France
  Réjean Plamondon, Canada
  Henrik Saxen, Finland
  George D. Smith, U.K.
  Nigel Steele, U.K.
  Leonard Studer, Switzerland
  Yoshinori Uesaka, Japan

Prospective authors are requested to send a draft paper (maximum 7 pages)
for review by the International Scientific Committee. All submissions must
be written in English, starting with a succinct statement of the problem,
the results achieved, their significance and a comparison with previous
work, as well as a list of references.

The submissions should also include
- Title of conference (SOCO'99 or IIA'99)
- Type of paper (regular, demonstration, tutorial or invited)
- Title of proposed paper
- Authors names, affiliations, addresses
- Name of author to contact for correspondence
- E-mail address and fax # of contact author
- Topics which best describe the paper (max. 5 keywords)
- Short c.v. of authors

Contributions are welcome from those working in industry and having
experience in the topics of this symposium as well as from academics.

Symposium language is English.

Invited sessions, tutorial papers, demonstrations and contributions to the
special session on 'Intelligent Systems in Control and Process
Optimization' are also encouraged.

Submissions must be sent by September 10, 1998 either by

- Electronic mail (recommended) to operating@icsc.ab.ca
  (Text, PostScript or Word files)
- Fax to ICSC Canada +1-403-387-4329
- Airmail (2 copies) to      
  ICSC Canada
  P.O. Box 279
  Millet, AB T0C 1Z0

Submission of Draft Papers    September 10, 1998
Notification of Acceptance    November 30, 1998
Delivery of Final Papers      January 31, 1999
Tutorials and Workshops       June 1, 1999
IIA'99/SOCO'99 Symposia       June 2-4, 1999

For more detailed information, please consult the following websites
- IIA'99   http//www.icsc.ab.ca/iia99.htm
- SOCO'99  http//www.icsc.ab.ca/soco99.htm

or forward any questions to the Conference Organizer

International Computer Science Conventions
P.O. Box 279
Millet, Alberta T0C 1Z0

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