MINUTES OF THE ECCAI GENERAL ASSEMBLY
At Amsterdam, 11 August 1994
W. Horn (ÖGAI)
W. Van de Velde (BAAI)
I. Popchev, D. Dochev (BAIA)
O. Stepánková (CSCI)
P. Ross (SSAISB)
M. Bramer, R. Milne (BCS-SGES)
V. Prince (ARC)
J.P. Laurent (AFIA)
P. Koch, A. Markus (NJSZT)
M. Golumbia (IAAI)
O. Stock, P. Toraso (AI*IA)
H.J. Van den Herik, N.J.I. Mars (NVKI)
E. Oliveira (APPIA)
V.L. Stefanuk (SAAI)
F. Capkovic (SSKI)
I. Bratko, B. Filipic (SLAIS)
F. Barber, J. Cuena (AEPIA)
C.G. Jansson, (SAIS)
M. Wolf (SGAICO)
The General Assembly started with the Chairman report.
Oliviero Stock commented that even with the current
difficult times, the progress in ECAI is obvious, he showed
the proceedings of the First ECAI in Amsterdam (1980) and
the proceedings of ECAI94.
He commented that AI COmmunications was improving and
the organization of ACAI95 was on course.
Also, the number of awards granted to Eastern Countries
were commented where 45 applications were received and
17 were allocated (only one award was not used). Also
were received 26 applications during the last two years of
awards from Western Countries and allocated 14.
Face to the future, it seems that even having a good financial
situation at present, the ECAI94 Congress has provided some
benefits at the current state of the Congress, but additional
resources may be required to support ECCAI from the different Associations.
This is an aspect to be considered in the
near future. The relations with the European Union are at
low level but improving. In fact AI is in the 4th Program
Framework. As a general criticism it may be commented that
the AI situation is at science level all right but at application
level it is not.
The Chairman report ended giving thanks to the Board members
for their cooperation.
Treasurer report was presented by N. Mars showing
a positive balance (see annex) and it was approved.
After the Treasurer report, about the expenses in ECCAI
posters, some persons from the audience claimed that
they did not receive posters. It was answered that posters
were available at the IJCAI93 ECCAI booth. J. Cuena
proposed to distribute the remaining ones among the associations what was agreed.
Relationship with the European Commission
The report about the relationship with the Commission
was presented by Walter Van de Velde who, in summary,
commented that the Commission did not know ECCAI but
in fact the Commission is well aware of AI issues because
from the 30 Networks of Excellence, 6 are dedicated to AI
and in the 4th Program Framework AI is implicit in many
Wahlster suggested to do as the American Association
(AAAI) who provided a report on the AI challenges for the
21st century. This type of report could be presented to
the European Parliament and the National Parliaments
to produce an adequate level of political opinion on AI development.
Stefanuk commented on the interest in supporting the Eastern
countries in the Commission decisions in Brussels.
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee of ECAI94
informed about the attendance at the Congress where from
a total attendance of 598 were distributed in 248 members
of European Societies, 183 non member, 143 students and
24 special cases. In summary, it was expected that some
benefits will be produced between 15000 - 30000 Dfl.
Tony Cohn, the ECAI94 Chairman, informed about the
development of the works to produce the technical program
which was approved with congratulations.
The Program Committee and the activity
planning of the Advanced Course on AI (ACAI95) were presented
be held on the coast of French Brittany focused on AI algorithmics.
A follow-up report on ECAI96 organization was presented.
It was commented by some members of the Assembly
that the registration fee and the hotel cost were very high.
It was suggested to modify the date to avoid the coincidence
with AAAI; the organizers accepted to study the possibility
of this change.
The maximum registration fee was approved on 350 ECUs.
The Board proposed as Program Chair for ECAI96
Prof. Wahlster. The proposal was approved unanimously.
The proposal for ECAI98 organization in
Brighton was presented, where some figures about the predictable cost
of hotel and registration were presented that were on line
with the limitations suggested for ECAI-96. The proposal
The proposal from Belorussia was not accepted because
the promoters did not provided the required information.
The YUGAI membership corresponding to the former Yugoslavia
was agreed to continue in state of suspension.
The membership of the Catalan
Association ACIA was discussed. It was agreed, after discussion, that as
ECCAI does not want to enter in internal discussions inside
the countries, although ACIA ahows adequate conditions to be
accepted as member, given the problems of vote distribution
with AEPIA, the current ECCAI Spanish member, it was
agreed to delay one year the ACIA acceptance until the
reception of one agreement between both Associations about
vote distribution. If no agreement was produced along
the year ECCAI Assembly will reconsider the ACIA membership.
M. Bramer proposed on this subject that a clearer
procedure be defined for new Association membership.
R. Lopez de Mantaras informed that:
- An Associate Editor (Morten Irgens)
for Conference Reports and Book Reviews has been established.
- A relation with the AFIA Newsletter
and DISKI (German Series of AI theses) has been established
to publish PhD
- It has been initiated some contacts with AAAI and JSAI
(Japanese Society of AI) to start a cooperation.
- During the last 12 months 14 submissions were received;
5 have been accepted (3 already published and 2 will
appear this year), 5 have been definitely rejected and
4 have to undergo major revision. Besides
5 solicited papers have been and a special issue on
MAchine Learning (Y. Kodratoff guest editor) containing
3 more papers.
Although he believes that some progress has been made,
the main problem is still the rather low number of submitted
papers that obliges him to get good sollicited
papers and to think about special issues.
Related to AICOMM, IOS Press proposed to increase the cost
per issue from 4 ECUs to 5 ECUs.
The German Association said that they reserve the possible change
to bulk mailing instead of direct mailing from
Finally, a new Board was elected.
First the President was elected. The only candidate
J.P. Laurent, was accepted unanimously. Second,
the remainder of the Board of Directors was elected.
The candidates presented previously were J. Cuena, N. Mars, W. Van de Velde,
In the General Assembly O. Stepankova, the representative
of the Czech Association proposed I. Bratko as candidate for
the Board and he accepted.
The five candidates were accepted unanimously so the new
- President: J.P. Laurent
- I. Bratko
- J. Cuena
- N. Mars
- V. Stefanuk
- W. Van de Velde
The Assembly was closed at 14h.
Last updated 1996-06-01.