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Bulletin #5, November 2006

Dissertation Award

Nominations are invited for the 2006 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, 2005 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 Cort?s

LSI - Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Inform?tics
Universitat Polit?cnica de Catalunya UPC

The deadline for receipt of submissions is January 31, 2007.
For more details,

ECCAI conferences


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

The IJCAI-07 Workshop Program is already available at It consists of 28 workshops covering a large number? of topics, including language technologies, agents and multiagent? systems, learning, and several application areas like health, music,? and space. The program is organised in ten parallel sessions along? three days, January 6-8 2007, and tries to avoid, up to which is? possible, the overlapping of related workshops. We aim at setting the? appropriate atmosphere to foster the active exchange of ideas.
For? further information on individual workshops follow the links that you? will find in the workshop table and get in touch whenever necessary? with their contact person.


The next ACAI summer shool will be held in August, 20-28, in Leuwen (Belgium) on ?Logic for AI?.
It will be hosted by the
Laboratory for declarative languages and artificial intelligence (DTAI / Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).
More details in the next bulletin.

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

The University of Patras Conference centre ( is situated within the University campus.
For more details:? website.
More details coming soon.

ECAI-10 in Lisbon (Portugal)?

More details later.

ECCAI Journals

- IEEE Intelligent systems

Intelligent Agents in Healthcarecover image

Intelligent agents? basic properties (autonomy, proactivity, and social ability) and multiagent systems? main features (management of distributed information, and communication and coordination between autonomous entities) potentially make them a good solution for problems in the healthcare domain. This special issue presents successful applications of agent technology in healthcare-related areas such as diagnosis, monitoring, scheduling, and decision support.

Also in this issue: What's wrong with hit ratio, formal methods in software engineering, and more

- Artificial Intelligence Communications:


Issue: Volume 19, Number 3 / 2006

- Template programs for Disjunctive Logic Programming: An operational semantics pp. 193 - 206 by Francesco Calimeri and Giovambattista Ianni
- A conceptual clustering approach for user profiling in personal information agents pp. 207 - 227 by Daniela Godoy and Anal?a Amandi
- Rewriting queries using views with negation pp. 229 - 237
by Foto Afrati and Vassia Pavlaki
- A Compact Representation for Least Common Subsumers in the description logic ALE pp. 239 - 273 by Chan Le Duc, Nhan Le Thanh, Marie-Christine Rousset
- Fuzzy constraint satisfaction approach for landmark recognition in mobile robotics pp. 275 - 289 by Abraham Otero, Paulo F?lix, Carlos Regueiro, Miguel Rodr?guez, Sen?n Barro

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