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EurAI Bullettin #1, 2017

posted Mar 10, 2017, 12:45 AM by Riguzzi Fabrizio

ACAI Summer School 2017

7-14 October 2017, Nieuwpoort, Belgium

We’re happy to announce that this year’s ACAI summer school will be solely

devoted to Reinforcement Learning (basics and recent developments), a branch

of machine learning that focuses on learning from interaction with an uncertain

environment and potential peers. The school will be organized from 7th until

14th October 2017 in Nieuwpoort, Belgium.

Recent progress and successes, such as e.g. AlphaGo, have revived strong interest

in Reinforcement Learning (RL) and have pushed the boundaries of the state-ofthe-

art. Unfortunately, in typical machine learning courses and text books only

the very basics of RL are covered. To bridge the gap between basic RL

algorithms, such as for instance Q-learning, and the RL architecture that allowed

to beat some of the best human Go players, this summerschool will introduce

various advanced RL techniques, such as: batch and policy search

techniques, shaping and inverse RL, RL for multi-agent systems and robotics,

and Deep Reinforcement Learning. These topics will be taught by top scientists

and experts in RL.

Interested in learning more about RL? but unsure about your basic RL

knowledge? No worries, we got you covered: you can opt for the additional two

days before the actual start of the school to make sure you have the necessary

background and skills before diving into the more advanced topics.

We have chosen for an on-site approach, where all participants and lectures stay

at the same location and spend a full week together to ‘learn' RL and jointly

participate in social activities. If you want to know more about the school and the

registration process: check out the website at https://ai.vub.ac.be/ssrl2017

EurAI fellows 2017 – Call for Nominations

Deadline for nominations: Wednesday 15 March 2017

INTRODUCTION

Nominations are sought for EurAI Fellows 2017. The EurAI Fellows program was

initiated in 1999 to recognize individuals who have made significant, sustained

contributions to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe. The EurAI

Fellows Program honors only a very small percentage of the total membership of

all EurAI member societies (up to a maximum of 3%). Each Fellow will receive a

Certificate signed by the EurAI Chair. The names of the recently elected Fellows

are published each year on the EurAI Webpages and in the EurAI Bulletin. At

each ECAI conference a Fellows lunch will be

sponsored by EurAI to honor the recently elected Fellows.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE AN EurAI FELLOW?

To be eligible for consideration, candidates **must** be a current member of an

EurAI member organisation (see http://www.eurai.org/member/ for a list of

member societies). Usually only individuals who have made contributions to AI

for a decade or more after receiving their PhD (or are at an equivalent career

stage) will be selected.

WHO CAN MAKE A NOMINATION?

There are two ways that an individual can be nominated:

• A nomination can be made by an EurAI member society. See

http://www.eurai.org/member/ for a list of member societies. Please,

note that for each member society the number of nominations is limited

to a maximum of **three**.

• A nomination can be made by two EurAI fellows, who must be from

different countries.

WHAT IS THE NOMINATION PROCESS?

A nomination must be a **single** PDF document, including the following:

• a statement confirming which EurAI member society the candidate is

currently a member of;

• a comprehensive current CV of the candidate;

• three separate letters of reference, each of which should clearly make the

case why the individual is considered appropriate for EurAI fellowship.

The nomination document should be submitted via EasyChair:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fellows2017

(the system will ask for an abstract - this can be omitted). Please

include the name of the nominee in the title of the submission.

Nominations must be submitted no later than

***Wednesday March 15, 2017***.

We hope to complete the evaluation process by May 2017. The nominators will

be informed of the decision for any nomination(s) they made.

HOW WILL NOMINATIONS BE EVALUATED?

All nominations will be evaluated by the EurAI fellows committee. The key

criterion of evaluation will be whether the nominee has achieved exceptional

distinction in AI in Europe. Distinction may be evidenced in several ways --

fellows' accomplishments range from pioneering advances in the theory of AI, to

unusual accomplishments in AI technology and applications. Leadership in

EurAI or EurAI member societies, support of forums for the exchange of ideas,

and exceptional service for the international AI community may will also be

considered in the selection process.

Most fellowship nominations are for technical contributions, and for most of

these, the case is usually based on the nominee's scientific achievements as

documented in their publication record. In evaluating such a publication record,

the fellowship committee will look for clear evidence of scientific excellence,

which may, for example, come in the form of a citation record that indicates a

profound influence on the field, a publication record of exceptional quality, or

technical results of unusual depth, insight, and impact. Note that

other forms of technical contribution evidence will also be considered, such as

patent awards or statements of longstanding contribution to an industrial AI

group effort that has been influential in the field generally; again, clear evidence

should be provided of such influence.

The fellowship committee will in all cases ultimately make decisions based on

their professional judgment of the overall quality of the case.

EurAI: call for conference sponsorship

EuRAI sponsors invited talks at international conferences. The guidelines for

eligibility and duties of sponsored conferences can be read at

https://www.eurai.org/apply_for/conference_sponsorship

Conference organizers who want to apply to funding for a conference that takes

place before the end of December 2017 should apply **before April 12, 2017**.

The submission Web site for EurAI Sponsorship 2017 is:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=euraisponsorship17

There is no need to upload a pdf: you may simply provide the required

information in the abstract.

There will be another call later in the autumn of this year for conferences that

take place in the first half of 2018.

EurAI Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award 2016

Nominations are invited for the 2016 Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award

sponsored by EurAI, the European Association of Artificial Intelligence. Please

take a moment to nominate your students, or to recommend to your colleagues

to nominate their students.

This Award includes a certificate signed by the EurAI President and 1500 Euros

(which includes the travel grant for the Award ceremony). Nominations are due

by May 1, 2017 by submitting a single PDF file as described below listing both

the NOMINATED candidate and the NOMINATOR as the AUTHORS through

EasyChair at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aidissertationaward2

Eligible doctoral dissertations are those defended after December 1, 2015 in

the general area of Artificial Intelligence. The dissertation must have been

defended at a European university and the author must be a personal member of

a EurAI member society. In case a thesis is nominated for another national or

international award before or during its review for the EurAI dissertation award,

the author is requested to inform the EurAI dissertation award committee about

this fact.

To be considered, a dissertation must be nominated by the thesis supervisor,

who must submit the following items as a SINGLE PDF file in the order:

• Nomination cover-page that includes: the name, affiliation, and contact

details of the nominator; the date of the defense of the dissertation; and

the names of the jury/examiners involved in its defense;

• nomination letters, either digitally signed or scanned original, from two

referees supporting the submission and stating their assessment of why

the thesis should win the award.

• 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 full nominated dissertation.

The selection will be based on the originality, impact, and written quality of the

work. Work that has been submitted to and/or accepted at workshops,

conferences, or journals will be considered more favourably. Work that is

primarily attributed to the student's own initiative will also be considered more

favourably. Finally, the quality of the written document will be considered.

Please address your queries to Barry O'Sullivan - b.osullivan[at]cs.ucc.ie

The deadline for receipt of submissions is May 1, 2017.

The outcome will be announced by the first week of July.

The Award will be presented during IJCAI 2017.

AI-related conferences

16th International conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent

Systems, AAMAS 2017

San Paulo –Brasil May 8-12, 2017

http://www.aamas2017.org/

International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence IJCAI 2017

Melbourne, Australia | August 19-25, 2017

http://ijcai-17.org/

23rd International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint

Programming, CP 2017

Melbourne, Australia | August 28 to September 1, 2017

http://cp2017.a4cp.org/

33rd International Conference on Logic Programming ICLP 2017

Melbourne, Australia | August 28 to September 1, 2017

http://iclp17.a4lp.org/

20th International Conference on Theory and Applications of Satisfiability

Testing SAT 2017

Melbourne, Australia | August 28 to September 1, 2017

http://sat2017.gitlab.io/

27th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling,

ICAPS 2017

Pittsburgh, USA - June 18 - 23, 2017

http://icaps17.icaps-conference.org/

Special Issues

Journal of Automated Reasoning

Special Issue On Automated Reasoning Systems

https://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/JARS17/

Magazines

AI Magazine Vol 37 n. 4

http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/issue/view/216

AI Magazine Vol 37 n. 3

http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/issue/view/215

AI Communications Volume

Volume preprints

http://content.iospress.com/journals/ai-communications/Preprint/Preprint

Contact Information

This bullettin is edited by Michela Milano, DISI Università di Bologna

michela.milano@unibo.it.

For advertising AI-related conferences, schools and journal issues, please contact

the editor.

EurAI bullettin #1, 2016

posted Apr 20, 2016, 9:45 AM by Riguzzi Fabrizio

  A record number of submission to ECAI 2016  Frank van Harmelen 
(ECAI 2016 General Chair) 
 
With  663  submissions  (640  long  papers  and  23  short  ones),  ECAI  2016  has 
received the highest number of submissions ever. That’s almost 100 long papers  more  than  2014,  which  was  itself  a  record  year.  This  is  a  remarkable  success  in  the first year where there is both an IJCAI conference, an AAAI conference and an  ECAI  conference.  Program  Chairs  Maria  Fox  and  Gal  Kaminka  will  work  hard  with their  44 senior PC members and 398 regular PC members to provide all the  papers  with  at  least  3  reviews  before  May  24,  when  the  author  rebuttal  period  will start. 
 
The  main  conference  programme  will  take  place  Wednesday  31  July  –  Friday  2  August, and before there will be 2 days filled with 21 workshops, 8 tutorials and 
5 spotlight tutorials on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 July. 
  An  important  innovation  this  year  was  that  we  encouraged  authors  to  resubmit  rejected IJCAI papers together with the IJCAI reviews plus an explanation of how  they improved the paper based on those reviews. We hope that this will lead to a  culture  in  our  field  where  papers  are  shepherded  between  conferences  to  improve  over  time,  instead  of  receiving  a  new  set  of  disconnected  reviews  at  each  new  conference.  We  have  received  79  of  such  papers,  indicating  that  this  model is well received by the community. 
  The theme of this year’s conference is “AI for human values” and it has resonated  very well with the AI community. The special track on this theme has received 19  submissions, and there will be workshops on ethics in the design of multiYagents,  on  normative  agents,  on  diversity  aware  AI  and  on  integrating  values  in  the  design  process.  Furthermore,  IEEE  have  chosen  ECAI  2016  as  the  location  for 
 
their  “Values  by  Design”  summit  (invitation  only),  followed  by  a  session  on  Monday  open  to  all  ECAI  participants  where  IEEE  will  present  its  “Values  by  Design” declaration. Finally, on Thursday we will host a public event in the Peace  Palace,  the  home  of  the  International  Court  of  Justice,  where  leading  AI  researchers,  prominent  opinion  leaders  and  the  general  public  will  discuss  the  theme of AI for human values. 
 
With   Michael   Bratman   (University   of   Stanford),   Jeff  Rosenschein  (Hebrew 
University  of  Jerusalem),  MarieYChristine  Rousset  (Laboratoire  d’Informatique  de Grenoble), and Michael Zillich (Technical University of Vienna) ECAI 2016 has  an  excellent  set  of   invited   speakers,  whose   keynotes   alone   will  be   worth  attending the conference for. 
 
ECAI   2016   will   be   coYlocated   with   the   tenth   International  Conference   on  Collective Intentionality, a major event for philosophers and AI researchers, and  we  have  secured  free  access  for  ECAI  delegates  to  all  the  sessions  of  the  Collective Intentionality conference. 
  Local Chairs Virginia Dignum and Frank Dignum have worked tirelessly over the  past  year  to  organise  an  excellent  conference  venue,  at  a  very  reasonable  registration   fee:   among   the   major   AI   conferences,   ECAI   has   the   lowest  registration  rates  by  far,  rates  as  low  as  €195  for  EurAI  PhD  students  (and  that  includes even free lunches during all conference days ). At the conference venue  we  can  also  offer  additional  meeting  rooms  for  ad  hoc  getYtogethers  or  preY planned  meetings.  If  you  want  to  use  ECAI  as  the  location  for  a  meeting  of  your  EU  consortium,  or  for  an  international  working  group,  please  get  in  touch  with  the  local  chairs.  The  Thursday  night  promises  to  become  memorable  for  the  beach party and barbecue that has been planned at the renowned Scheveningen  beach resort. We look forward to welcoming all of you in the beautiful city of The  Hague,  which  is  within  easy  reach  of  Amsterdam  Schiphol  airport,  and  well  connected to the European railway network. 
 
See  www.ecai2016.org  for  details  about  registration,  the  workshop  and  tutorial 
programme, the invited speakers and much more.   
 
Call for bids to Host ECAI2020 
 
The  biennial  European  Conference  on  AI  is  organized  every  evenYnumbered  year,  by  ECCAI,  jointly  with  one  of  the  member  associations  of  ECCAI.  The  ECCI  Board hereby invite bids to  host the 2020 conference. 
 
Previous  ECAI  conferences  were  held  at  Brighton  (1974),  Edinburgh  (1976),  Hamburg   (1978),   Amsterdam  (1980),   Orsay   (1982),  Pisa   (1984),   Brighton  (1986),  Munich  (1988),  Stockholm  (1990),  Vienna  (1992),  Amsterdam  (1994),  Budapest  (1996),  Brighton  (1998),  Berlin  (2000),  Lyon  (2002),  Valencia  (2004),  Riva  del  Garda  (2006),  Patras  (2008),  Lisbon  (2010),  Montpellier  (2012),  and  Prague (2014), with ECAIY2016 due to be held in The Hague; ECAIY2018 will be a  joint conference with IJCAI, and will be held in Stockholm. 
 
Any  member  society  of  ECCAI  may  submit  a  bid  to  ECCAI  for  organizing  ECAIY
2020. 
 
TIMETABLE 
1 July 2016: deadline for submission of bids  
August 2016: presentation of bids & selection at ECCAI General Assembly  
 
PROCESS  Guidelines for bids: 
  http://www.eccai.org/admin/ecaiproc.shtml 
  Submit your bid through the easychair system: 
  https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eccaibids2020 
  NB: please upload a single PDF file containing the bid, and for "title" use the city  name and country of the bid. 
 
It  would  be  extremely  helpful  if  you  could  informally  indicate  your  intention  to  submit  a  bid  by  email  to  Mike  Wooldridge  <mjw@cs.ox.ac.uk>  no  later  than  1  May 2016. 



   
 
AI>related conferences  
International Conference on Agents and Multi>Agent systems (AAMAS 
2016)  May 9Y13, 2016 Singapore  http://sis.smu.edu.sg/aamas2016 
 
9th Hellenic Conference on Artificial Intelligence (SETN'16) 
May 18Y20, 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece 
http://setn2016.csd.auth.gr/ 

Annual Meeting of the International Association for Computing and  Philosophy (IACAP 2016) 
June 14Y17, Ferrara Italy 
http://www.iacap.org/iacapY2016/. 
 
11th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated  
Timetabling  Udine, Italy | Tue 23 Aug 2016 Y Fri 26 Aug 2016  http://www.patatconference.org/patat2016/ 
 
39th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI 2016) 
Klagenfurt, Austria, September 26Y30, 2016. 
http://ki2016.org/ 
 
2nd Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence (GCAI 2016)   Berlin, Germany, September 29YOctober 2, 2016.   http://easychair.org/smartYprogram/GCAI2016/ 
 
8th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence (IJCCI 
2016)  Porto, Portugal, November 9Y11, 2016   http://www.ijcci.org/ 
 
8th International Joint Conference on Knowledge discovery, Knowledge 
Engineering and Knowledge Management (IC3K 2016)  Porto, Portugal, November 9Y11, 2016   http://www.ic3k.org/ 
 
15th International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial 
Intelligence (AI*IA 2016)   Genova, November 28 Y December 1, 2016  http://www.aixia2016.unige.it/ 
 
6th International Conference on Pattern Recognition  Application and  Methods 
Porto, Portugal, February 24Y26, 2017  
http://www.icpram.org/Home.aspx?y=2017 
 
 
9th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence  Porto, Portugal, February 24Y26, 2017   http://www.icaart.org/Home.aspx?y=2017 
 
  Magazines  AI Magazine Vol 36 n. 2  http://www.aimagazineY
digital.org/aimagazine/spring_2016?sub_id=Hg8bpmXCKuej&pg=1#pg1 
 
 
AI Communications Volume preprint available  http://content.iospress.com/journals/aiY communications/Preprint/Preprint 
 
 
 
  Contact Information  This bullettin is edited by Michela Milano, DISI Università di Bologna  michela.milano@unibo.it.  For advertising AIYrelated conferences, schools and journal issues, please contact  the editor. 
 
 

The EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION for ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (EurAI)

posted Mar 30, 2016, 9:44 AM by Riguzzi Fabrizio   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 9:44 AM ]

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   The EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION for ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (EurAI)

   http://www.eurai.org/
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In the month that a European AI team made the history books, and
received headlines across the globe with a program that
comprehensively beating a grand master in the game of Go, we are
delighted to announce that, as agreed in the last General Assembly,
ECCAI has changed name to the EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR AI (EurAI).

For those that were not present at the General Assembly, the rationale
for this change is as follows. Since it was founded in 1992, ECCAI's
role has expanded and developed in many different directions. The
organisation of the biennial ECAI conference is now just a small part
of a rich collection of events and activities supporting the European
AI community, including a fellows scheme, a biennial summer school, an
awards scheme, and most recently, a funding scheme to support other
events. Against this background, AI has become big business, with
headline triumphs such as IBM's Deep Blue (1996), the DARPA Autonomous
Vehicle Grand Challenge (2005), IBM's Watson (2011), and most
recently, Google DeepMind's Alpha Go (2016). AI techniques are
routinely used in systems across the world, using algorithms and
concepts developed by our community. And of course, articles on AI (of
wildly varying accuracy and value!) now appear regularly in the
international press.

With these developments in mind, and the substantially changed role
that the organisation now plays, the general consensus was that
"coordinating committee" no longer adequately described the role that
the organisation plays, and was becoming a hindrance in discussions
with the press and other international bodies.

We believe the "European Association for AI" more accurately describes
what we are: a community-led scientific organisation that works to
promote AI research and education throughout Europe, and to represent
the European AI community internationally.

In addition to the existing program of activities that ECCAI is
engaged in, we are actively investigating expanding our current role
to include the following:

* a senior members scheme

* an industrial members scheme

* public relations activities (perhaps having specific named press
  contacts for AI matters in each member state)

* greater contact and cooperation with other international bodies
  (including IJCAI, AAAI, ACM, and IEEE).

Note that for member societies, the existing subscription and other
arrangements will remain unchanged.

More details will be announced at ECAI-16 in the summer!

ECCAI Bullettin #3, 2015

posted Dec 17, 2015, 6:22 AM by Riguzzi Fabrizio   [ updated Dec 24, 2015, 2:48 AM ]

Call for bids to Host ECAI2020

The  biennial  European  Conference  on  AI  is  organized  every  even-­‐numbered year, by ECCAI, jointly with one of the member associations of ECCAI. The ECCI Board hereby invite bids to  host the 2020 conference.

 

Previous  ECAI  conferences  were  held  at  Brighton  (1974),  Edinburgh  (1976),

Hamburg  (1978),  Amsterdam  (1980),  Orsay  (1982),  Pisa  (1984),  Brighton (1986), Munich (1988), Stockholm (1990), Vienna (1992), Amsterdam (1994), Budapest (1996), Brighton (1998), Berlin (2000), Lyon (2002), Valencia (2004), Riva del Garda (2006), Patras (2008), Lisbon (2010), Montpellier (2012), and Prague (2014), with ECAI-­‐2016 due to be held in The Hague; ECAI-­‐2018 will be a joint conference with IJCAI, and will be held in Stockholm.

 

Any member society of ECCAI may submit a bid to ECCAI for organizing ECAI-­‐

2020.

 

TIMETABLE

    1 July 2016: deadline for submission of bids 

    August 2016: presentation of bids & selection at ECCAI General Assembly 

 

PROCESS Guidelines for bids:

            http://www.eccai.org/admin/ecaiproc.shtml

 

Submit your bid through the easychair system:

            https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eccaibids2020

 

NB: please upload a single PDF file containing the bid, and for "title" use the city

name and country of the bid.

 

It would be extremely helpful if you could informally indicate your intention to submit a bid by email to Mike Wooldridge <mjw@cs.ox.ac.uk> no later than 1 May 2016.

 

AI Related Schools

 

 

NICTA 4th International Optimisation Summer School

Kiola, New South Wales, Australia January 22-­‐ 27, 2016 http://tinyurl.com/optschool

 

9th International Summer School on Automated Planning and Scheduling

June 8-­‐11, 2016, London, UK

http://icaps16.icaps-­‐conference.org/

 


ECCAI Fellows 2016 -­‐-­‐   CALL for NOMINATIONS

 

Deadline for nominations: Tuesday 01 March 2016

 

INTRODUCTION

Nominations are sought for ECCAI Fellows 2016. The ECCAI Fellows program was  initiated  in  1999  to  recognize  individuals  who  have  made  significant, sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe. The ECCAI  Fellows  Program  honors  only  a  very  small  percentage  of  the  total membership of all  ECCAI member societies (up to a maximum of 3%). Each Fellow will receive a Certificate signed by the ECCAI Chair. The names of the recently elected Fellows are published each year on the ECCAI Webpages and in the ECCAI Bulletin. At each ECAI conference a Fellows lunch will be sponsored by ECCAI to honor the recently elected Fellows.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE AN ECCAI FELLOW?

To be eligible for consideration, candidates **must** be a current member of an ECCAI member organisation (see http://www.eccai.org/member/ for a list of member societies). Usually only individuals who have made contributions to AI for a decade or more after receiving their PhD (or are at an equivalent career stage) will be selected.

 

WHO CAN MAKE A NOMINATION?

There are two ways that an individual can be nominated:

     nomination   can   be   made   by   an   ECCAI   member   society.   See http://www.eccai.org/member/ for a list of member societies.

Please, note that for each member society the number of nominations is limited to a maximum of **three**.

    A  nomination can  be  made by  two  ECCAI fellows, who must  be  from different countries.

 

WHAT IS THE NOMINATION PROCESS?

A nomination must be a **single** PDF document, including the following:

    a  statement confirming which ECCAI member society the candidate is currently a member of;

    a comprehensive current CV of the candidate;

    three separate letters of reference, each of which should clearly make the case why the individual is considered appropriate for ECCAI fellowship.

 

The nomination document should be submitted via EasyChair:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fellows2016

(the system will ask for an abstract -­‐     this can be omitted). Please include the name of the nominee in the title of the submission.

 

Nominations must be submitted no later than Tuesday 01 March 2016.

We hope to complete the evaluation process by May 2016. The nominators will

be informed of the decision for any nomination(s) they made.


HOW WILL NOMINATIONS BE EVALUATED?

All  nominations  will  be  evaluated  by  the  ECCAI  fellows  committee. The  key criterion of evaluation will be whether the nominee has achieved exceptional distinction in  AI  in  Europe. Distinction may  be  evidenced in several ways -­‐-­‐ fellows' accomplishments range from pioneering advances in the theory of AI, to unusual  accomplishments  in  AI  technology  and  applications.   Leadership  in ECCAI or ECCAI member societies, support of forums for the exchange of ideas, and exceptional service for the international AI community may will also be considered in the selection process.

Most fellowship nominations are for technical contributions, and for most of these,  the  case  is  usually  based  on  the  nominee's scientific achievements as documented in their publication record. In evaluating such a publication record, the fellowship committee will look for clear evidence of scientific excellence, which may, for example, come in the form of a citation record that indicates a profound influence on the field, a publication record of exceptional quality, or technical results of unusual depth, insight, and impact. Note that other forms of technical contribution evidence will also be considered, such as patent awards or statements of longstanding contribution to an industrial AI group effort that has been influential in the field generally; again, clear evidence should be provided of such influence.

The fellowship committee will in all cases ultimately make decisions based on

their professional judgment of the overall quality of the case.

 

 

Positions available

Post Doctoral Scholarship at IIIA-­‐CSIC, Barcelona

The Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-­‐CSIC) offers a three-­‐year Post-­‐

doctoral COFUND grant (part of the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-­‐Curie Actions  programme) in  the  area  of agent-­‐based  simulation of socio-­‐cognitive systems.

 

Research theme

The applicant is expected to contribute to the development of conceptual and

technological foundations for agent-­‐based simulation of socio-­‐cognitive systems (i.e., systems where the interplay between the behaviour of the individuals and their social context is the key feature).

 

Closing date for application: February 2nd, 2016.

 

Starting date: July 2nd, 2016 although a later date may be negotiated

 

Stipend: The annual salary is 36.100 per year before taxes and includes health insurance. In addition, there is a single 3.000€ relocation grant and an annual budget for travel and training support.

For further information visit

http://www.iiia.csic.es/en/current-­‐offers/2015/post-­‐doctoral-­‐fellowship-­‐

agent-­‐based-­‐simulation-­‐socio-­‐cognitive-­‐systems or contact Dr Pablo Noriega (pablo@iiia.csic.es)


AIrelated conferences

30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2016) February 1217, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona US http://www.aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI/aaai16.php

 

8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART

2016)

February 24–26, 2016, Rome, Italy

www.icaart.org

 

5th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and

Methods (ICPRAM 2016) February 24–26, 2016, Rome, Italy www.icpram.org

 

International Conference on Agents and Multi-­‐Agent systems (AAMAS

2016)

May 9-­‐13, 2016 Singapore

http://sis.smu.edu.sg/aamas2016

 

9th Hellenic Conference on Artificial Intelligence (SETN'16) May 18-­‐20, 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece http://setn2016.csd.auth.gr/

 

Annual Meeting of the International Association for Computing and

Philosophy (IACAP 2016) June 14-­‐17, Ferrara Italy http://www.iacap.org/iacap-­‐2016/.

 

26th  International  Conference  on  Automated  Planning  and  Scheduling

(ICAPS 2016)

June 12-­‐17, 2016, London, UK

http://icaps16.icaps-­‐conference.org/

 

11th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated

Timetabling

August 23 – 26, 2016, Udine, Italy http://www.patatconference.org/patat2016/

 

ECAI European Conference on Artificial Intelligence August 29 – September 2, 2016, The Hague, The Netherland http://www.ecai2016.org/

 

Awards Professor Jack Copeland is the receiver of the 2016 Covey Award. The award is presented each year by the Int. Association for Computing and Philosophy (http://www.iacap.org/awards/) in recognition of the work of senior scholars with a substantial record of innovative research in the field of computing and philosophy broadly conceived. Professor Copeland will give the Covey Award Lecture during IACAP’16.


 

Magazines

AI Magazine Vol 36 n. 2

http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/issue/view/210/showToc

 

AI Magazine Vol 36 n. 3

http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/issue/view/211/showToc

 

AI Communications Volume preprint available

http://content.iospress.com/journals/ai-­‐communications/Preprint/Preprint

 

News from AI Communications

Eva Onaindia took over Maria Fox as co-­‐editor in chief.

 

Hence the new co-­‐editors-­‐in-­‐chief are:

    Eva Onaindia, Polytechnical University of Valencia.

    Daniele Magazzeni, King's College London.

 

The renewed Editorial Board will be updated and communicated on AI Communications soon.

 

 

 

 

Report from ACAI 2015

 

The 2015 Advanced Course on Artificial Intelligence (http://www.cril.fr/acai15) was organized in Lille (France) by the Centre de Recherche en Informatique de Lens (CRIL) from October 25th to October 30th.

The school was centered on Constraint Solving Techniques in Artificial Intelligence. The aim was to give to the participants a coherent view of key concepts and recent developments about SAT, CSP, ASP and Knowledge Compilation.

The school consisted of 4 Fundamental Courses, focusing on

    Boolean SATisfiability Problems (Ines Lynce),

    Constraint Satisfaction Problems (Ian Gent),

    Answer Set Programming (Torsten Schaub),

    Knowledge Compilation (Pierre Marquis). and of 5 Advanced Courses, focusing on

    SATisfiability Modulo Theory (Albert Oliveras),

    SAT for Data Mining (Lakhdar Saïs),

    Weighted Constraint Satisfaction Problems (Martin Cooper),

    XCSP 3.0 Format (Christophe Lecoutre),

    Evaluation  &  Competitions  of  Solvers  (Daniel  Le  Berre  and  Olivier

Roussel).

The school has been successful, with 70 participants coming from 11 countries (France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Poland, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia -­‐   ranked by number of participants).

The organizers would like to thank ECCAI for its support and funding, but also the  other  ACAI’15  sponsors:  CRIL  (Centre  de  Recherche en  Informatique  de Lens), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Université d’Artois, and AFPC (Association Française pour la Programmation par Contraintes).

The ACAI’15 Organizers: Sylvie Coste-­‐Marquis,  Sébastien Konieczny, Daniel Le Berre, Pierre Marquis, Srdjan Vesic.


 

Contact Information

This bullettin is edited by Michela Milano, DISI Università di Bologna michela.milano@unibo.it.

For advertising AI-­‐related conferences, schools and journal issues, please contact the editor.

ECCAI Bullettin #2, 2015

posted Jul 3, 2015, 11:00 AM by Amministratore Sito Web

ECCAI Bullettin #2, 2015

Announcement ECCAI General Assembly 2015
OMBU Room, Sheraton Hotel & Convention Centre
Buenos Aires, Argentina

4-6pm Thursday July 30, 2015

PLEASE INDICATE YOUR PLAN TO ATTEND ON THE FOLLOWING DOODLE POLL:
      http://doodle.com/szufu3fktq2nz4cv


ECCAI Dissertation Award 2015
The 2014 ECCAI Dissertation Award has been made to:

  Dr. Benjamin Kaufmann
  http://www.cs.uni-potsdam.de/~kaufmann/

of the University of Potsdam for his thesis

   High Performance Answer Set Programming

under the supervision of Prof. Torsten Schaub

Many congratulations to Benjamin and Torsten, and thanks to Toby Walsh for chairing the award committee.

New ECCAI Fellows
The ECCAI board is happy to announce the names of new ECCAI fellows:
Leon van der Torre, Luxemburg
Diego Calvanese, Italy
Salem Benferhat, France
Catholijn Jonker, Netherlands
Hendrik Blockeel, Belgium
Manolis Koubarakis, Greece
Antal van den Bosch, Netherlands

ECCAI FELLOWS LUNCH @ IJACI-15
ECCAI are pleased to announce the 2015 ECCAI Fellows Lunch will be held at:

    12.30 on Thursday 30 July 2015
    At IJCAI-15, Buenos Aires, Argentina

We are booking a restaurant close to the conference hotel; the final venue will be confirmed closer to the time.
New ECCAI fellows will be presented with their fellowship certificates at the lunch.

The meal is free for all ECCAI Fellows, but no guests I’m afraid. Please indicate on the following doodle poll if you would like to attend (no need to complete the poll if you can’t make it):

     http://doodle.com/2s4m7qebkcadkr2e


Announcement of the ACAI Summer School 2015
Lille France
26-30 October 2015
http://www.cril.univ-artois.fr/acai15/


Other AI Related Schools
ACP Summer School 2015
University of Toronto, Scarborough
July 8, 2015 - July 11, 2015
http://acpss2015.uconn.edu/

NICTA 4th International Optimisation Summer School
Kiola, New South Wales, Australia
January 22nd to 27th 2016
http://tinyurl.com/optschool


AI-related conferences
9th ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2015)
September 16-20, 2015, Vienna, Austria
http://recsys.acm.org/recsys15/

George Boole Bicentenary Conference
August 28 -- August 30, 2015, Cork, Ireland
http://booleconferences.ucc.ie/gbbc2015

31st International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP 2015)
http://booleconferences.ucc.ie/iclp2015
August 31 -- September 4, 2015, Cork, Ireland

21st International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP 2015)
August 31 -- September 4, 2015, Cork, Ireland
http://booleconferences.ucc.ie/cp2015

24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2015)
http://ijcai-15.org/
Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 25-31, 2015

11th International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining
http://www.mldm.de/
Hamburg, Germany, July 20-23, 2015

?th ?Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-15)
July 22–25, Berlin, Germany
agi-conference.org

9th International Web Rule Symposium (RuleML 2015)
August 2–5, 2015, Berlin, Germany
www.csw.inf.fu-berlin.de/ruleml2015

13th International Conference on Logic Programming and Non-Monotonic Reasoning (LPNMR 2015)
September 27–30, 2015, Lexington, Kentucky USA
lpnmr2015.mat.unical.it

27th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI 2015)
November 9-11, 2015 Vietri sul Mare, Italy.
https://sites.google.com/site/ictai2015italy/

https://sites.google.com/site/ictai2015italy/
8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART 2016)
February 24–26, 2016, Rome, Italy
www.icaart.org

5th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM 2016)
February 24–26, 2016, Rome, Italy
www.icpram.org


14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS-2015)
Istanbul, Turkey
4-8 May 2015
http://www.aamas2015.com/en/

Magazines
AI Magazine Vol 36 n. 1
http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/issue/view/209/showToc

AI Communications Vol 28 n. 4
http://iospress.metapress.com/content/n16u75n21824/?genre=issue&issn=0921-7126&issue=current


Contact Information
This bullettin is edited by Michela Milano, DISI Università di Bologna michela.milano@unibo.it.
For advertising AI-related conferences, schools and journal issues, please contact the editor.

ECCAI Bullettin #1, 2015

posted Mar 10, 2015, 2:19 PM by Amministratore Sito Web

ECCAI Bullettin #1, 2015

AI-related conferences
31st International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP 2015)
http://booleconferences.ucc.ie/iclp2015
Cork, Ireland, August 31 -- September 4, 2015

21st International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP 2015)
http://booleconferences.ucc.ie/cp2015
Cork, Ireland, August 31 -- September 4, 2015

24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2015)
http://ijcai-15.org/
Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 25-31, 2015

11th International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining
http://www.mldm.de/
Hamburg, Germany, July 20-23, 2015

25th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2015)
JJerusalem, Israel, June 7–11, 2015
icaps15.icaps-conference.org<http://icaps15.icaps-conference.org>

15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2015)
June 8–12, San Diego, California, USA
sites.sandiego.edu/icail<http://sites.sandiego.edu/icail/>

9 th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2015)
Oxford, England UK. May 26–29  ù
www.icwsm.org/2015<http://www.icwsm.org/2015/>

AISB Convention 2015
http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/events/2015/AISB2015/index.html
with a number of symposia
http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/events/2015/AISB2015/symposia.html
University of Kent in Canterbury, England ,20-22nd April 2015

Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-15)
July 22–25, Berlin, Germany
agi-conference.org<http://agi-conference.org/>

9th International Web Rule Symposium (RuleML 2015)
August 2–5, 2015, Berlin, Germany
www.csw.inf.fu-berlin.de/ruleml2015<http://www.csw.inf.fu-berlin.de/ruleml2015/>

13th International Conference on Logic Programming and Non-Monotonic Reasoning (LPNMR 2015)
September 27–30, 2015, Lexington, Kentucky USA
lpnmr2015.mat.unical.it<http://lpnmr2015.mat.unical.it/>

8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART 2016)
February 24–26, 2016, Rome, Italy
www.icaart.org<http://www.icaart.org/?y=2016>

5th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM 2016)
February 24–26, 2016, Rome, Italy
www.icpram.org<http://www.icpram.org/?y=2016>

14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS-2015)
Istanbul, Turkey
4-8 May 2015
http://www.aamas2015.com/en/

Magazines
AI Magazine Vol 35 n. 4
Special Issue on Space Applications of Artificial Intelligence<http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/article/view/2551>
http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/issue/view/208/showToc<http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/is>

AI Communications Vol 28 n. 2
http://iospress.metapress.com/content/n16u75n21824/?genre=issue&issn=0921-7126&issue=current


Contact Information
This bullettin is edited by Michela Milano, DISI Università di Bologna michela.milano@unibo.it<mailto:michela.milano@unibo.it>.
For advertising AI-related conferences, schools and journal issues, please contact the editor.

Interviste sui grandi temi dell'IA

posted Feb 10, 2015, 10:14 AM by Amministratore Sito Web   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 10:19 AM ]

Interviste sui grandi temi dell'IA realizzate durante AI*IA 2013.

Video della special track di AI*IA 2014

posted Feb 10, 2015, 9:49 AM by Amministratore Sito Web   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 11:23 AM ]

I video della special track di AI*IA 2014 sono disponibili su YouTube


Intervista radiofonica a Francesca Rossi e Amedeo Cesta

posted Feb 10, 2015, 9:46 AM by Amministratore Sito Web

Intervista a Francesca Rossi e Amedeo Cesta nella trasmissione 2024 di Radio 24 (tra il minuto 10 ed il minuto 30)

AI*IA Young Researchers Mobility Grants 2014: Call for Research Visits

posted Jul 23, 2014, 7:03 AM by Amministratore Sito Web   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 7:10 AM ]

AI*IA Young Researchers Mobility Grants 2014

                       Call for research visits 

Deadline for applications: 30 September, 2014

To favour mobility of young researchers the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AI*IA) issues the Association Mobility Grants for 2014. 
Applications are solicited for funding an extended research visit  of up to one month of a PhD student. 
Two types of visits are  supported: 
     (a) a foreign PhD student visiting an Italian Research Laboratory 
     (b) an Italian PhD student visiting a foreign Research Laboratory

Students will be funded by AI*IA which will cover their travel costs and living expenses.  
Funding will cover travel (up to 800 euro) and living expenses during the extended visit (up to 1200 euro).
The funding will be provided as a reimbursement for the expenses incurred in the visit. After the visit, the awarded person should send to 
the Association the receipts of her/his costs for which she/he would like to be refunded.

The central aim of these extended visits is to build a research bridge between researchers and to create a solid basis for long term 
collaborations.  Moreover, it is expected that the visit favours the submission of an article on a joint research topics to the Intelligenza Artificiale journal.

Applications can be made by a student or a researcher working in Italy. 
The applicant must be a member of the Association for 2014. 
If she/he is not a member for 2014 she/he must register before applying.

Eligibility for the visiting student is to be enrolled full-time in a PhD programme. 
Funding is available for 3 students.
The visit should be done before the 30th of June 2015.

Deadline for applications: September 30, 2014
Notification of grants: October 24, 2014

As said before, two types of applications are envisioned: (i) an Italian researcher or student
willing to host a foreign PhD student or (ii) an Italian PhD student willing to go abroad. 

Information required in the application for hosting a foreing PhD student:
1. name of the Italian student or researcher of the hosting institution;
2. name of the foreign PhD student who will be hosted;
3. name and address of the Lab/Department and University;
4. a short (2 pages) resume/CV of the Italian host;
5. a short (2 pages) resume/CV of the foreign student;
6. A 2 pages description of the research that will be carried out during the visit 
7. A budget of the foreseen expenses
8. If the applicant is a student, declaration of his/her advisor indicating
that the hosting institution is willing to provide office space and
access to lab facilities to conduct the research.
9. Expected visit dates

Information required in the application for visiting a foreign research laboratory:
1. name of the Italian PhD student who will go abroad;
2. name of the foreign student or researcher that will host the student;
3. name and address of the foreign Lab/Department and University;
4. a short (2 pages) resume/CV of the Italian student;
5. a short (2 pages) resume/CV of the foreign student or researcher;
6. A 2 pages description of the research that will be carried out during the visit 
7. A budget of the foreseen expenses
8. Declaration of the foreign host indicating
that the hosting institution is willing to provide office space and
access to lab facilities to conduct the research.
9. Expected visit dates

The application must be sent by email to Fabrizio Riguzzi 
       fabrizio.riguzzi@unife.it

The applications will be examined by a committee composed by members of the AI*IA Board of Directors. 
The committee will award at least one applicant for each application type.  If no application for a type is received, only two grants will be awarded.

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