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Bulletin #5, September 2003

NEWS from the ECCAI board

  • ECCAI General Assembly at Bremen, 1st of August 2003 (minutes)
    • The ECCAI Dissertation Award :

The winner of the dissertation award, Jörg Hoffmann, will get the award at the KI conference in Hamburg in September 2003. He will present the award lecture at this German AI conference. The title : "Utilizing Problem Structure in Planning: A Local Search Approach".

  • The new ECCAI fellows for 2003 are:

Prof Nick Jennings (UK), Prof Jaap van den Herik (NL), Prof Walter Daelemans (B), Prof Uli Furbach (D), Prof Rudolph Kruse (D), Dr Barry Smyth (IRL), Dr Toby Walsh (UK), Prof Cristiano Casterfranchi (I), Prof Bernard Meltzer.

  • Closer links with IEEE

An agreement started un January 2003 with the IEEE states ECCAI as co-sponsor ot the publication IEEE Intelligent Systems. Members of ECCAI member societies have a discount on this publication.

  • Selection of PC Chair for ECAI-06

Due to the low attendance of delegates at this GA the decision is postponed to the GA meeting at Valencia in 2004. In order to guarantee a timely selection of the General Chair and to ensure the General Chair establishes the close link between the conference and the board the decision about the General Chair of ECAI-2006 will be done by the ECCAI board after the decision about the Program Chair.

  • ECAI-08 initial Proposals

2 groups might candidate for organizing ECAI 2008:
" Greece (EETN): Thessaloniki
" Ireland (AIAI): organized by E.Freuder, 4C
The call for the CO chair should be part of the ECCAI Bulletin of January for a decision at ECAI-04 in Valencia.

ECCAI Journals

--- Agents applied in health care by Antonio Moreno
--- Understanding intelligent agents: analysis and synthesis by John Fox, Martin Beveridge, David Glasspool
--- The organ allocation process: a natural extension of the Carrel Agent-Mediated Electronic Institution by Javier Vázquez-Salceda, Ulises Cortés, Julian Padget, et al.
--- Provision of agent-based health care services by Antonio Moreno, David Isern, David Sánchez
--- An agent-based architecture for managing the provision of community care - the INCA (Intelligent Community Alarm) experience by Martin Beer, Richard Hill, Wei Huang, et al.
--- Assistive technologies for the disabled and for the new generation of senior citizens: the e-Tools architecture by Ulises Cortés, Roberta Annicchiarico, Javier Vázquez-Salceda, et al.
--- The role of norms and electronic institutions in multi-agent systems applied to complex domains. The HARMONIA framework by Javier Vázquez-Salceda
--- New methodology for disability assessment: analysis of WHO-Disability Assessment Schedule II with clustering based on rules by Roberta Annicchiarico

ECCAI Conferences

- ECAI'04:

  • Call for Workshops Proposals. Deadline: November 1, 2003
  • Call for Tutorial Proposals. Deadline: December 1, 2003
  • Call for ECAI and PAIS papers. Deadline: February 13, 2004
  • Call for STAIRS papers. Deadline: April 1, 2004

News from the ECCAI societies

  • from Max.Bramer ()

BCS Prize for Progress Towards Machine Intelligence, sponsored by the Electrolux Group
Tuesday December 16th 2003, Cambridge UK, during the annual SGAI conference AI-2003.

Prize: A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a £1,000 cash prize, sponsored by Electrolux.
Format: The prize will be awarded on the basis of a 10-15 minute live demonstration (not a paper or a technical description). The demonstration can be of either software (e.g. a question-answering system or a speech recognition system) or hardware (e.g. a mobile robot). The prize will be awarded to the demonstration that in the opinion of the judges best demonstrates 'progress towards an intelligent machine'.

Closing Date for Entries: October 1st 2003.
Further information is available at


  • from Iain Russell, Co-ordinator for the MONET Project
    ([email protected] or :

The European Network of Excellence in Qualitative Reasoning and Model Based Systems has organised a Summer School on the Island of Crete from 6th to 12th of September 2003.
The event will include be both lecture and practical sessions on the following topic :
Cognition, Modelling, Industrial Applications, Automotive, Diagnosis,
Education, Bio-Medicine.
More information on the Monet web-site.

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