For the President's annual report, please visit http://www.eccai.org/admin/chairreport_2001.html.
Budgets for 2000 and 2001 are enclosed.
ACAI-01 is held in Prague this week and next, the event seems to be a great success, both, scientifically and with respect to the budget.
The travel grant program is still one major benefit for the member societies. Preference for the future procedure is to spread the grant over all societies of ECCAI.
AICOM succeeded in shaping the scientific profile by establishing a larger editorial board. Each member of the board will get a paper version of the journal. The societies get access to the Journal via the web. However, the General Assembly is unhappy about unavailability for a long time. The publisher will solve these problems soon.
ETAI is appreciated very much as the major electronic scientific journal of ECCAI. The President of ECCAI is responsible for the liaison of the ECCAI Board and the editors of ETAI. It is planed that ETAI will broaden its spectrum, by adding new areas.
The preparations for ECAI-2002 in Lyon are on its way. The PAIS applications conference will be continued under the chairmanship of Boi Faltings. Frank van Harmelen will introduce special activities to increase Eastern European participation, such as pre-reviewing of papers. Alain Mille has made good progress leading the local organising committee and in raising initial sponsorship.
The plan is to have the summer school in 2003 in relation with RoboCup.
The winner of the ECCAI Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award 2001 is Christian FREI, Luanne, CH, for "Abstraction Techniques for Resource Allocation in Communication Networks". Thanks to Silvia Miksch for coordinating this big task. The Award will be presented as part of the ACAI summer school in Prague.
This year the ECCAI Fellow Selection Panel selected eight new fellows. For the list of the new fellows please see the presidents report or visit www.eccai.org.
There are no changes for this year.
Irish society is to be reactivated.
ECCAI will be present with its usual stand at IJCAI 01. Member societies are invited to display material at the stand.
The next General Assembly will take place in Lyon, on Tuesday 23rd, 2003 after the Welcome Party (app. at 8pm).