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-­‐




    1 July 2016: deadline for submission of bids 

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


PROCESS Guidelines for bids:



Submit your bid through the easychair system:



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 <> no later than 1 May 2016.


AI Related Schools



NICTA 4th International Optimisation Summer School

Kiola, New South Wales, Australia January 22-­‐ 27, 2016


9th International Summer School on Automated Planning and Scheduling

June 8-­‐11, 2016, London, UK



ECCAI Fellows 2016 -­‐-­‐   CALL for NOMINATIONS


Deadline for nominations: Tuesday 01 March 2016



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.



To be eligible for consideration, candidates **must** be a current member of an ECCAI member organisation (see 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.



There are two ways that an individual can be nominated:

     nomination   can   be   made   by   an   ECCAI   member   society.   See 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.



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:

(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.


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‐offers/2015/post-­‐doctoral-­‐fellowship-­‐

agent-­‐based-­‐simulation-­‐socio-­‐cognitive-­‐systems or contact Dr Pablo Noriega (

AIrelated conferences

30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2016) February 1217, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona US


8th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART


February 24–26, 2016, Rome, Italy


5th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and

Methods (ICPRAM 2016) February 24–26, 2016, Rome, Italy


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


May 9-­‐13, 2016 Singapore


9th Hellenic Conference on Artificial Intelligence (SETN'16) May 18-­‐20, 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece


Annual Meeting of the International Association for Computing and

Philosophy (IACAP 2016) June 14-­‐17, Ferrara Italy­‐2016/.


26th  International  Conference  on  Automated  Planning  and  Scheduling

(ICAPS 2016)

June 12-­‐17, 2016, London, UK



11th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated


August 23 – 26, 2016, Udine, Italy


ECAI European Conference on Artificial Intelligence August 29 – September 2, 2016, The Hague, The Netherland


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 ( 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.



AI Magazine Vol 36 n. 2


AI Magazine Vol 36 n. 3


AI Communications Volume preprint available­‐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 ( 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


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

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

Riguzzi Fabrizio,
Dec 24, 2015, 2:47 AM