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Bulletin #4, September 2004


Dear member of the AI community,
I have the great pleasure to look back to 4 most successful years under the presidency of Rob Milne. Many thanks to him and 2 more former board members, Mark Ayel and Kris Van Marcke. They have guided ECCAI to provide a setting with increasing awareness and participation in Artificial Intelligence. The field cleary goes up.

The most recent success was ECAI 2004. With approx. 720 participants it was the best ECAI conference during the last 10 years. It was a great week on a very nice campus in between ancient city and the beach. The overwhelming hospitaly (one giant paella for 700 people in the open air areal of the campus concluded by fireworks) gave us the relaxing surroundings for intensive participation in the scientific talks (many thanks to Lorenza Saitta for the well done program). We have to give an extra applause to Vicente Botti and his team and to Ramon Lopez de Mantaras for this excellent organization.

Looking forward we will have the ACAI 2005 summer school in Ljubljana. Organized by the highly renowned Jozef Stefan Institute it will focus on Advanced Knowledge Technologies. Go for this intensive course and have a week or more in the modern and cultural active capital of Slovenia.

Two years ahead is ECAI 2006. The Trento organizers managed to locate the conference at Riva del Garda. This is one of the nicest mediterranean areas situated on lake Garda. It is within easy reach from the international airport of Verona. We expect a relaxing week with a thrilling scientific program (chaired by Gerd Brewka).

Werner Horn
ECCAI president

News from the ECCAI board

The current Board, elected August 2004, has the following members:
Werner Horn (Chair)
Hendrik Blockeel
Silvia Coradeschi
Marie-Odile Cordier
Ulises Cortés
Ulrich Furbach

ECAI-06 in Trento (

The PC chair for ECAI-06,  selected by the last ECCAI assembly,  is Gerhard Brewka.

ACAI-05 Summer school

ACAI 2005 will focus on Advanced Knowledge Technologies : data mining and semantic web. It is planned for summer 2005 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is organized by the Slovenian Artificial Intelligence Society (SLAIS).


The nineteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, 30 July-5 August 2005 . For full details and the most up-to-date information regarding IJCAI-05, please see

The nest ECCAI general assembly will be held at IJCAI-05

Next ECCAI-Bulletin in October 2004

Marie-Odile Cordier
ECCAI Bulletin Editor

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