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Bulletin #3, May 2006


50 Years Artificial Intelligence

This year, the Artificial Intelligence community celebrates the golden anniversary of the 1956 Dartmouth Conference that marks the beginning of AI as a research field.

One the celebrations takes place in Bremen, Germany on 17 June, 2006. Besides Marvin Minsky, several ECCAI Fellows will give speeches on the past and future of AI. The speakers include Aaron Sloman, Wolfgang Bibel, Joerg Siekmann, and Wolfgang Wahlster. Visit the 50 Years AI Symposium website!

Live streaming video of the talks will be available on 17 June via

ECAI-06 conference (latest news)

17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence - including PAIS 2006 : Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems

August 29- September 1, 2006, Riva del Garda, Italy
Organized by ECCAI and the Italian Association of Artificial Intelligence
Conference Chair : Silvia Coradeschi, Sweden
Programme Chair : Gerhard Brewka, German
Organizing Committee Chairs : Anna Perini and Paolo Traverso, Italy
Workshop Chair : Toby Walsch, Australia

There were 501 full paper submisssions and 49 poster submissions. The programme committed decided to accept 131 full papers and 75 posters. The acceptance rate for full papers is of 26,1%.

Submissions were received from 43 different countries and accepted papers are from 25 countries.  In comparison with ECAI 2004, a strong increase in the relative number of submissions from Distributed AI/Agents and Cognitive modelling. Knowledge Representation & Reasoning, traditionally strong in Europe, remains the biggest area of ECAI 2006.

The ECAI-06 best paper award, sponsored by Elsevier, goes to a machine learning paper : A Real Generalization of Discrete AdaBoost but Richard Nock and Frank Nielsen. Congratulations to the authors!
The ECAI-06 best poster award, sponsored by IOS Press, will be decided after the poster session in Riva Del Garda. The ten best papers are invited to a fast track of the Artificial Intelligence Journal.

There will be four invited talks :
    Socially Inteligent Robots by Cynthia Breazeal
    Managing diversity in knowledge by Fausto Giunchiglia
    The truth about defaults by Hector Levesque
    Getting answers on the go by Wolfgang Walhster

ECCAI Journals

- IEEE Intelligent systems  May/June 2006 : The Future of AI

2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the Dartmouth summer workshop, which many consider to be the birth of modern AI. IEEE Intelligent Systems celebrates this anniversary not by reviewing the field's past but by imagining its future. Also in this issue: intelligent surveillance, affective computing, and more.

The following articles are available without an electronic subscription in PDF format:
    Introducing the Future of AI by James Hendler
    Robotics and Intelligent Systems in Support of Society by Raj Reddy
    AI’s 10 to Watch : The recipients of the IEEE Intelligent Systems 10 to Watch award—Eyal Amir, Regina Barzilay, Jennifer Golbeck, Tom Griffiths, Steve Gustafson, Carsten Lutz, Pragnesh Jay Modi, Marta Sabou, and Richard A. Watson—discuss their current research and their visions of AI for the future.

- Artificial Intelligence Communications:   Volume 19, Number 1 / 2006

Table of Contents :

  Evolution of a supply chain management game for the Trading Agent Competition pp. 1 - 12
  Joakim Eriksson, Niclas Finne, Sverker Janson

  Evolutionary concept learning in First Order Logic: An overview pp. 13 - 33
  Federico Divina

  The state of CASC pp. 35 - 48
  Geoff Sutcliffe and Christian Suttner

  Decomposition of planning problems pp. 49 - 81
  Laura Sebastia, Eva Onaindia, Eliseo Marzal

  Automatic ontology generation from Web tabular structures pp. 83 - 85
  Aleksander Pivk

IJCAI-07 :

    Twentieth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
    6-12 January, 2007          Hyderabad, India
Theme: Artificial Intelligence and Its Benefits to Society…
Conference Chair : Ramon Lopez de Mantaras
Important Dates:
    June 23, 2006 - Electronic abstract submission deadline
    June 30, 2006 - Electronic paper submission deadline


ECCAI Conferences

28 Aug - 1 Sep 2006
ECAI-06 17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Riva del Garda (Italy)

ECCAI Sponsored Conferences

27 - 30 Jun 2006
IEA/AIE-2006 19th International Conference on Industrial and Enginering Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems, Annecy (France)

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