ECCAI bulletin #2, september 2008

posted Sep 25, 2008, 1:45 AM by Marco Schaerf
OUTLINE Bulletin #2, September 2008:
Presidential adress
New Eccai fellows
ECCAI conferences
   ECAI08, ACAI09, ECAI 2010, ECAI 2012
ECCAI Sponsored conferences
National conferences of ECCAI member societies
IEEE Intelligent systems + AI Communications
Bulletin #2, September 2008
Presidential adress
Dear ECCAI society member, during ECAI in Patras I was elected new
president of ECCAI by the ECCAI board – a job I happily accepted for
several reasons. First of all, I feel, of course, very honoured to be
given the chance to become active for European AI in this new role.
Secondly, my predecessor, Werner Horn, did a perfect job and left
ECCAI in excellent shape. He deserves a big Thanks from all of us (and
I am sure I will ring him up quite often for his advice). ECCAI
finances are solid; the international standing of European AI is
excellent (there are several areas where Europe is clearly having a
lead); ECAI regularly attracts a high number of participants and
highest quality submissions from all over the world; ACAI has
established itself as a highly valuable event for PhD students and
young researchers; AICom is continuously gaining reputation and
All this, of course, does not mean there isn't much to do for me. Here
are some of the issues I would like to focus on. (1) There are several
European countries with excellent AI research which are not yet ECCAI
members (e.g. Poland and Cyprus). I would like to encourage
researchers from these countries to build AI societies and join us. It
is worth it! (2) I got the impression some of our societies,
especially from Eastern Europe, feel somewhat "underrepresented"
within ECCAI. I would certainly like to increase participation at
ECCAI events, submissions and also ECAI/ACAI bids from these
countries. (3) Transparent procedures are highly important for an
organization like ECCAI. Wherever we can increase transparency we will
do so. (4) After its internationalization and corresponding name
change to Association of the Advancement of AI, AAAI has become even
more of a competitor. Of course, the competition is friendly, many of
us (including myself) are members of both an ECCAI society and AAAI,
and I do not see much of a risk that AAAI will once rule the entire AI
world. Still, to strengthen ECCAI I think it is important to establish
close links and partnerships with AI societies, e.g. in Asia, and also
with AAAI itself (for instance, I could imagine that AAAI and ECCAI
agree on reduced conference fees for members of the respective
partner). So I guess there will be enough to do, besides the more
regular ECCAI business (bids, fellows, dissertation award and the

Let me take this opportunity to thank also Ulises Cortéz who served on
the board for the last 6 years. He put in a tremendous amount of
effort, in particular as the person responsible for the dissertation
award, certainly one of the most time consuming jobs a board member
can get (this is why we are currently forming a selection committee
headed by Toby Walsh; it will consist of 6 people covering different
areas of AI).

Finally, let me welcome the two new board members, Grigoris Antoniou
and Patrick Doherty, both very well-known in our community,
experienced researchers and organizers. Looking forward to working
with you!
With ACAI 2009 in Belfast, ECAI 2010 in Lisbon and ECAI 2012 in
Montpellier we have excellent events ahead of us. I think it is just
exciting to be part of European AI these days. Let us all keep it
Gerhard Brewka

New ECCAI fellows
The ECCAI Fellows program has been started in 1999 to recognize
individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the
field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe.
Nine ECCAI fellows have been nominated in 2008 and celebrated during ECAI'08.:
    - Pavel Brazdil
    - Wolfram Burgard
    - Saso Dzeroski
    - Didier Dubois
    - Sarit Kraus
    - Maurizio Lenzerini
    - Pedro Meseguer
    - John Mylopoulos
    - Francesca Rossi
Congratulations to each of them!
To get more information on the ECCAI fellows, have a look here :

ECCAI conferences

ECAI'08 : 18th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence -
including PAIS 2008 : Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems
The conference has been held in July 21- 25, 2008 at Patras, Greece.
It was organized by ECCAI and the Hellenian Association of Artificial
Intelligence. There were 518 full paper submisssions and 43 poster
reviewed submissions. The programme committed decided to accept 121
full papers and 97 posters. The acceptance rate for full papers is of
23%.   Submissions were received from 51 different countries and
accepted papers are from 35 countries.  In comparison with ECAI 2006,
a strong increase in the relative number of submissions from machine
Learning and Cognitive modelling was recorded. Knowledge
Representation & Reasoning, traditionally strong in Europe, remains
the biggest area of ECAI 2008.

The Ecai'08 conference has been a success with more than 600
attendees. The atmosphere was both working and nice. The ECCAI board
wants to thank the programme Chair, Malik Ghallab, the worlkshop
chairs, Boi Faltings and Ioannis Vlahavas, and the demonstration
systems chair, Nikos Karacapilidis, for their excellent job and
congratulate the conference chair, Constantine D. Spyropoulos, and the
organizers,  Nikos Fakotakis and Nikos Avouris, for their excellent
performance on a very demanding job.

The dissertation award 2007 has been awarded to Adrian Petcu, Ecole
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, for his
thesis: "A Class of Algorithms for Distributed Constraint
Satisfaction". The winner gave a lecture during ECAI'08 on his thesis

The minutes of the ECCAI general assembly, held during ECAI'08, can be
found on the Eccai web page
The next general assembly will be held during ACAI'09 in Belfast,
Northern Ireland.
ACAI'09 :
The next ACAI summer shool will be held during summer 2009,  in
Belfast (Northern Ireland) on "Intelligent decision support systems".
It will be hosted by  the School of computing and Mathematics,
University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK. More details in the next

ECAI 2010
The 19th ECAI conference will be held in Lisbon (16-20 August 2010).
The general chair is Helder Coelho (University of Lisbon, Portugal).
The local organisation co-chairs are Luis Antunes (University of
Lisbon & APPIA, Portugal) and João Balsa (University of Lisbon,
Portugal). The program chair is Michael Wooldridge, University of

For more details, see
ECAI 2012
The 20th ECAI conference will be held in Montpellier and organized by
the LIRMM as decided during the last ECCAI General Assembly.
Congratulations for the proposers ! More information later.

ECCAI sponsored conferences

14 - 18 Sep 2008
 ICAPS'08 International Conference on Automated Planning and
Scheduling,, Sydney (Australia)
16 - 19 Sep 2008
 KR 2008 11th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge
Representation and Reasoning, Sydney (Australia)
19 - 22 Oct 2008
 ICAI-08 International Conference on Advanced Intelligence, Bejing (China)
30 - 31 Oct 2008
 RuleML-2008 International RuleML Symposium on Rule Interchange and
Applications, Orlando, Florida (USA)

 National conferences of ECCAI member societies

National Conferences of ECCAI Member Societies
02 - 04 Oct 2008
 SETN ´08 5th Hellenic Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Syros (Greece)
09 - 11 Dec 2008
 AI-08 28th SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence,
Cambridge (UK)

ECCAI journals

- IEEE Intelligent systems
Last issue: July-August  2008  on  computational cultural dynamics :
Computer technology is leading to sweeping changes in how we reason
about groups in diverse cultures. This special issue features articles
on computational models for cultural dynamics and on applications that
employ such models to achieve such goals as understanding other
cultures, recovering from conflicts and disasters, and reducing

Also in this issue: video game characters, the smart power grid,
robots and war, Semantic Web agents, and more

Issue Highlights
The following articles are available without an electronic subscription:
A Letter from the Editor
Why It Matters (pdf)
James Hendler and Jie Bao
Computer science research and technology can make a real difference in
the world. The recent earthquake in China provides one example.
Computational Cultural Dynamics
A Computational Approach to Etiquette: Operationalizing Brown and
Levinson's Politeness Model (pdf)
Christopher A. Miller, Peggy Wu, and Harry B. Funk
A central source of cultural differences is the communication of
politeness, which can powerfully affect perception and behavior. A
computational adaptation of a universal theory of human politeness
could reduce software development costs and increase an intelligent
agent's behavior repertoire.
Histories & Futures
Cassandra or False Prophet of Doom: AI Robots and War (pdf)
Noel Sharkey
The possible future deployment of autonomous fighting systems raises
serious questions. For example, will these systems be able to
discriminate between innocents and combatants? What are the
responsibilities of AI researchers embarking on such projects?

- AI Communications
Last issue : Volume 21, Number 1 / 2008
To secure an anchor – a recovery planning approach to ambiguity in
perceptual anchoring by Lars Karlsson, Abdelbaki Bouguerra, Mathias
Broxvall, Silvia Coradeschi and Alessandro Saffiotti
Ripple Down Rule learning for automated word lemmatisation by  Joël
Plisson, Nada Lavrač, Dunja Mladenić and Tomaž Erjavec
Pattern-based automatic taxonomy learning from the Web
by  David Sánchez and Antonio Moreno
An ASP-based approach to dealing with agent perception failure by
Francesco Buccafurri, Gianluca Caminiti and Domenico Rosaci
The CADE-21 automated theorem proving system competition by Geoff Sutcliffe


Next ECCAI-Bulletin in December 2008