Call for Papers

AI-2006: Cambridge, UK, December 11th-13th 2006

Organised by BCS SGAI: The British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence
(an ECCAI Member Society)


*** The deadline for submissions has now passed ***

AI-2006 is the Twenty-sixth 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. AI-2006 reviews recent technical advances in AI technologies and to show how these advances have been applied to solve business problems. Key features of AI-2006 are:

- The Technical Stream presents the best of recent developments in AI, covering a wide range of technical areas.

- The Application Stream is the largest annual showcase in Europe of real applications using AI technology.

- The best papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Knowledge Based Systems.

- The Poster Session is a forum for disseminiating new developments and latest work in progress.

- Prizes for Best Paper in each stream and Best Poster.

- The programme also includes tutorials and workshops to provide greater depth in selected topics.

- The Machine Intelligence (MI) competition exhibts working systems that are a significant step toward machine intelligence.

- UKCBR11, the 11th UK CBR Workshop, will be co-located with AI-2006.

- The conference qualifies for the IEE and BCS CPD schemes.

- AI-2006 will be held at Peterhouse College in Cambridge.

- In addition to the formal sessions, the conference programme includes a welcome reception and a Gala Dinner.

AI-2006 offers a valuable opportunity to keep up to date with developments in AI and to share experiences in the practical issues of developing AI systems.


- Paper/Poster Submission: Monday 5th June 2006 EXTENDED TO JUNE 12TH

- Notification of Acceptance: Monday 24th July 2006

- Camera Ready Paper: Monday 4th September 2006


Contributions are invited in the form of regular papers of up to fourteen pages (for oral presentation) or short papers of up to 5 pages (for poster presentation) presenting original work in AI.

Days 2 and 3 of the conference will have parallel streams for oral presentation of technical and application papers. There will also be a poster session for presentation of short papers (both technical and application).

Both regular and poster papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be published in book form by Springer SBM.

Technical Stream:

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.

Application Stream:

Case studies are welcomed 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.

Poster Session:

The Poster Session is intended for the presentation of work which meets the high standards of AI-2006, but which is more topical and preliminary than the work presented in the main two streams. It is an excellent forum for disseminiating new developments and latest work in progress.

Papers submitted to the Technical and Application streams will be considered for poster presentation if they fall short of the standards for oral presentation.

Publication of Papers:

Papers accepted for oral presentation at the conference will be published in book form by Springer SBM.

- 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 AI-2006 website.

- Authors will retain copyright in all papers published in the two volumes of proceedings.

- The best six refereed papers in each stream will be reprinted as a special issue of the international journal Knowledge Based Systems.

The best short papers accepted for poster presentation at the conference (chosen by conference delegates) will also be published in expanded form (up to 14 pages) in the BCS-SGAI magazine Expert Update. Authors will retain their copyright.

Submission of Papers:

Papers must be submitted as either Word 2000 or PDF files and uploaded to the conference website by Monday June 12th 2006 at the latest. Please note:

- Authors must indicate the stream to which their papers are being submitted.

- At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and attend the conference to present it in person, for the paper to be published.

- 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/Workshop Organiser.

Exhibition & Commercial Opportunities:

It is expected that 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.


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 Conference Chair..


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

Machine Intelligence Competition:

A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a 1,000 pounds 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.



- Conference Chair: Dr. Andrew Tuson, The City University (
- Deputy Conference Chair and Deputy Application Programme Chair: Dr. Tony Allen, The Nottingham Trent University (
- Secretary: Mark Firman, The City University (
- Treasurer: Rosemary Gilligan, University of Hertfordshire (
- Deputy Conference Chair (Electronic Services): Dr. Alun Preece, University of Aberdeen (
- Deputy Conference Chair (Local Arrangements): Dr Frans Coenen, University of Liverpool (
- Technical Programme Chair: Professor Max Bramer, University of Portsmouth (
- Deputy Technical Programme Chair: Dr Frans Coenen, University of Liverpool (
- Application Programme Chair: Richard Ellis, Stratum (
- Research Student Liaison: Alice Kerly, University of Birmingham (
- Tutorial/Workshop Organiser: Prof. Adrian Hopgood, The Nottingham Trent University (
- Poster Session Organiser: Dr Nirmalie Wiratunga, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (

Note that papers must be submitted electronically. See the website for details.