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Bulletin #3, November 2007

Easy access to AICom

As a kind of 20th anniversary celebration we provide easy online access to volume 20 of AI Communications.
Online full text access to all members of ECCAI member societies is granted by using the URL
You will be recognized as (virtual) user ECCAI.
Full text access to older volumes is still granted using the username/password scheme of your member society.

Dissertation award

Nominations are invited for the 2007 Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award sponsored by ECCAI, the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence.
This Award includes a certificate signed by the ECCAI Chair and 1.500 Euros (which includes the travel grant for the Award ceremony). Eligible doctoral dissertations are those defended after December 1, 2006 in the general area of Artificial Intelligence. The dissertation must have been defended at an European university and the author must be a personal member of an ECCAI member society.  Multiple submissions of the same doctoral dissertation to other dissertation award activities of other societies are excluded.

To be considered, a dissertation must be nominated by the thesis supervisor, who must submit the following items:

  • three copies of the dissertation or a link to a WWW version of the thesis,
  • five copies of an extended abstract (3 to 5 pages) in English,
  • if the thesis was not written in English the nomination must include an English paper describing the core ideas of the thesis that has been submitted for publication in an international journal or a prestigious conference. The nominee must be the first author of this paper.
  • nomination letters from two referees selected by the dissertation supervisor, supporting the submission and stating their assessment of why the thesis should win the award.

Submissions will be judged by the Peer Reviewing Procedure, coordinated by a representative of the ECCAI Board.
Submissions and Requests s
hould be sent to:
Ulises Cortés

LSI - Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya UPC
c/Jordi Girona, 1 & 3, 216
Mòdul C5
08034 BCN, Catalonia, Spain
phone: +34-934137842
fax: +34-934137960
email :

The deadline for receipt of submissions is January 31, 2008.
For more details,

ECCAI conferences

ACAI-07:August 20-28th 2007, Leuven, Belgium

ACAI-2007 was held in Leuven, Belgium, from 20 to 28 august.The topic of the summerschool was "Logic for Artificial Intelligence". The school consisted of eight courses, all focusing on different roles or applications of logic in the field of artificial intelligence: agents, the semantic web, probabilistic logics, inductive learning, planning, and more. In addition, a poster session was held where students could present their own work, and there was a guest lecture by the winner of the ECCAI Dissertation Award 2006. The school was attended by fifty-nine students, coming mostly from all over Europe, with a few attendants coming from North-America and Asia.

More detailed information and pictures of the summer school can be found at

ECAI-08 in Patras (Greece) / 21-25 July 2008

ECAI-08 workshops

The ECAI 2008 Committee invites proposals for workshops to be held on 21-22 July 2008, immediately preceding the main ECAI 2008 conference. The co-chairs of the workshops are Boi Faltings, EPFL, Switzerland and Ioannis P. Vlahavas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Submission should be made by e-mail to the ECAI 2008 Workshop Co-Chairs ( and using "ECAI08 Workshop Proposal Submission" as the email subject, no later than Monday, December 10, 2007.
For more information on the ECAI workshop, have a look at 

The important dates concerning workshop proposal submissions are the following:
- Submission deadline for workshop proposal: Dec 10, 2007
- Notification of acceptance of workshop proposal: January 15, 2008
- Workshop paper submission deadline: April 10, 2008
- Notification of workshop paper acceptance:  May 10, 2008
- Workshop camera ready copy submission: May 26, 2008
- Workshop dates: Jumy 21-22, 2008

ECAI-08 paper submissions

The important dates concerning paper submissions are the following:
- Paper submission deadline : Feb 25, 2008
- Notification : April 28
- Camera ready papers: May 26

The University of Patras Conference centre ( is situated within the University campus.
For more details:

ECCAI sponsored conferences ICAI-08     

       ICAI-08       25 - 28 Aug 2008    International Conference on Advanced Intelligence, Bejing (China)

      KR 2008    16 - 19 Sep 2008    11th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Sydney (Australia)

National conferences of ECCAI member societies

   CAEPIA 2007   12 - 16 Nov 2007    12th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence, Salamanca (Spain)

   EPIA'07 3 - 7 Dec 2007                        13th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Guimarães (Portugal)

   AI-07     10 - 12 Dec 2007             27th SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge (England)

    RFIA-07  21-25 Jan 2008     16e congrès francophone AFRIF-AFIA Reconnaissance des Formes et Intelligence Artificielle, Amiens (France)

    SCAI 2008    26 - 28 May 2008    10th Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Stockholm (Sweden)

ECCAI journals

- IEEE Intelligent systems 

Last issue: September-Ocotber 2007 on Social Computing : This special issue investigates the development and use of social software-tools and computing methods that support social interaction and communication in significant application domains. It also features articles describing general intelligent systems (not necessarily social software) that leverage insights and findings from social, organizational, cultural, and media theory.
Also in this issue
: Reinventing Academic Publishing, Semantic Web Services, Recommender Systems, and more
The following articles are available without an electronic subscription:

A Letter from the Editor
Reinventing Academic Publishing--Part 1 (pdf)
James Hendler
The nature of academic publishing is changing, and computer scientists need to lead the way.

Intelligent Educational Systems
Can Irrational Investors Survive? A Social-Computing Perspective (pdf)
Yongjie Zhang and Wei Zhang
A proposed agent-based model accounts for interactions between rational and irrational investors, offering hope for irrational-investor survival in artificial stock markets.

Trends & Controversies
Semantic Web Services, Part 1 (pdf)
David Martin, John Domingue, Michael L. Brodie, and Frank Leymann
Semantic Web services has been a vigorous technology research area for about six years, producing a great deal of innovative work. This two-part installment discusses what has been accomplished in SWS, what value it can ultimately provide, and where we should go from here to reap these technologies' benefits.

- AI Communications
Special issue on
Model-Based Systems : Volume 20, Number 1 / 2007

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