Call for Papers

AI-2004 is the Twenty-fourth SGAI International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

The scope of the conference comprises the whole range of AI technologies and application areas. Its principal aims are to review recent technical advances in AI technologies and to show how these advances have been applied to solve business problems. To meet these objectives, there will be two parallel streams of refereed and invited papers, one on technology and one on applications.

The programme also includes tutorials to provide greater depth in selected topics. Our aim is to have the widest possible appeal to the industrial, commercial, government and academic communities throughout Europe.

As in previous years the conference aims to bring together researchers and developers from a wide range of academic, professional and industrial backgrounds. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas and problems with research staff working at the leading edge of AI developments and with developers with experience of the practical issues of getting systems into operation. The conference will qualify for the IEE and BCS CPD schemes.

This year, the conference will take place at the newly refurbished Queens' College conference centre. In addition to the formal sessions, the conference programme includes a welcome reception and a Gala Dinner. Plenty of time has been inserted into the programme to allow discussions with other delegates and time to make new contacts and renew old acquaintances. AI-2004 offers a valuable opportunity to keep up to date with developments in AI and to share experiences in the practical issues of developing AI based systems.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

The Technical Stream aims to present the best of recent developments in AI, covering a wide range of technical areas.

Contributions are invited in the form of papers of up to fourteen A4 pages presenting original work in AI. Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): knowledge based systems; knowledge engineering; semantic web; constraint satisfaction; intelligent agents; machine learning; model based reasoning; verification and validation of AI systems; natural language understanding; speech- enabled systems; case based reasoning; neural networks; genetic algorithms; data mining and knowledge discovery in databases; robotics and pervasive computing.

The Application Stream is the largest annual showcase in Europe of real applications using AI technology. Contributions are invited in the form of papers of up to fourteen A4 pages presenting case studies describing the application of AI to real-world problems.

Papers in recent years have covered all application domains, including commerce, manufacturing and government, and every major AI technique. In addition to case studies and specific applications of AI, we would welcome papers that discuss issues such as managing the transfer from research to production of AI- based products. Papers are selected to highlight critical areas of success (and failure) and to present the benefits and lessons of value to other developers. Submitted papers should make these points clear. Guidance notes for Application Stream authors are available from the website.

Publication of Papers The conference proceedings will again be published in book form by Springer-Verlag. The books will be prepared from camera-ready copy supplied by the authors of accepted papers. Formatting specifications for the proceedings have been provided by the publisher and are available from the website. Authors will retain copyright in all papers published in the two volumes of proceedings.

As in previous years, the best six refereed papers in each stream will be reprinted as a special issue of the international journal Knowledge Based Systems.

Submission of Papers Papers must be submitted as either Word 2000 or PDF files and uploaded to the conference website by Monday June 14th 2004 at the latest. Authors must indicate the stream to which their papers are being submitted. At least one author of each accepted paper will be expected to attend the conference to present it in person. Presenting authors will be asked to register for the conference at the discounted speakers' rate when they return the final camera- ready printed versions of their papers.

Please note that once a paper is submitted it will not be possible to add the names of additional authors, or rearrange the order in which the authors' names appear after the title. Papers with more than three authors should include an explicit statement of the part played by each author in the work described. In general, only those who made a substantial contribution to the work should be listed as authors. Other contributors should be acknowledged.

Tutorials & workshops The Conference Committee invites proposals for tutorials and workshops to be presented on the first day of the conference. These should be directed in the first instance to the Tutorial Organiser.

Poster Session A poster session is being organised to enable researchers and others to present work in progress. Details are available on the conference website.

Exhibition & Commercial opportunities A tabletop exhibition will run alongside the Conference. This will allow space for Ai companies to promote their wares and advertise their job opportunities to the conference delegates. There will be a limited number of spaces available and potential exhibitors are encouraged to book early, as these will be on a first-come, first- served basis. Exhibitors should contact the Exhibition Organiser.

Sponsorship The Conference Committee is keen to make contact with any organisations that may wish to sponsor the Conference, in whole or in part. Sponsorship will ensure the highest visibility for the benefactor, both through the appearance of the company logo on all promotional literature and in references to the Conference in all media exposure prior to and after the event. Potential sponsors should contact the Deputy Conference Chair (Finance and Publicity).

Prizes There are sponsored prizes (a trophy plus £500) for the best paper submitted in each stream and a trophy plus a cash prize for the best-presented poster, awarded on the basis of delegate voting.

Machine Intelligence Competition A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a £1,000 cash prize, sponsored by Electrolux, will be awarded to the winner of the annual machine intelligence competition. This prize will be awarded to the working system that is considered to be the most significant step forward towards Machine Intelligence on display at the competition. For details on eligibility for this competition please contact the competition organizers Prof. Max Bramer (Max.Bramer@bcs.org.uk: British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence, SGAI) or Dr. John L. Gordon (john@akri.org: Applied Knowledge Research Institute, AKRI)

IMPORTANT DATES

Full Paper Submission: Monday 14th June 2004

Notification of Acceptance: Monday 26th July 2004

Camera Ready Paper: Monday 6th September 2004 (at the latest)

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Conference Chair: Dr. Tony Allen, The Nottingham Trent University (tony.allen@ntu.ac.uk)

Deputy Conference Chair (Finance and Publicity): Dr Robert Milne, Intelligent Applications Ltd (rmilne@bcs.org.uk)

Deputy Conference Chair (Electronic Services): Dr. Alun Preece, University of Aberdeen (apreece@csd.abdn.ac.uk)

Deputy Conference Chair (Poster Session): Dr Nirmalie Wiratunga (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) (nw@scms.rgu.ac.uk)

Technical Programme Chair: Professor Max Bramer, University of Portsmouth (Max.Bramer@port.ac.uk)

Deputy Technical Programme Chair: Dr Frans Coenen, University of Liverpool (frans@csc.liv.ac.uk)

Application Programme Chair: Professor Ann Macintosh, Napier University (A.macintosh@napier.ac.uk)

Deputy Application Programme Chair: Richard Ellis, Stratum (richard.ellis@stratum-management.co.uk)

Research Student Organiser: Rosemary Gilligan (University of Hertfordshire)

Tutorial Organiser: Prof. Adrian Hopgood, Nottingham Trent University (adrian.hopgood@ntu.ac.uk)

Exhibition Organiser: Bob Howlett, University of Brighton (R.J.Howlett@bton.ac.uk)

ALL CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE SENT BY EMAIL TO THE CONFERENCE SECRETARY: sgai-conference@bcs.org.uk Note that papers must be submitted electronically. See the website for details.