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BESAI 2004 - 4th ECAI Workshop on
Binding Environmental Sciences and
Artificial Intelligence (W23)

August 22 & 23, 2004
València, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain, EU

A workshop held in conjunction with the

16th Biennial European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(ECAI 2004)

August 22-27, 2004. València, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain, EU

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ECCBR 2004

Workshop Information

What the workshop is about

This workshop aspires to be an open forum for exposing and discussing the advances of international funded projects in the area, and bring together an interdisciplinary community of researchers with common interests in Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Sciences. This time will be the fourth edition of BESAI workshop under the ECAI conference (1st BESAI’98 at Brighton, 2nd BESAI’2000 at Berlin, and 3rd BESAI'2002 at Lyon), and we hope its high level of participation and success will continue in València.
Environmental Studies and Artificial Intelligence are both of strategic interest. Both areas can provide society with solutions for many real applications, in order to use and protect the environment. Human activities imply intervention into nature, but properly managed, these interventions can be not only ecologically sound but also favourable to the continued growth of civilisation. The encounter between these fields is a new challenge for many researchers of both communities. Also, governmental agencies may be interested in BESAI'2004 workshop.

The BESAI 2004 workshop recognizes the critical importance of environment and resource issues and their relationships with artificial intelligence (AI) research. The workshop's central focus is the linkage between patterns of AI activity and the environment with a major emphasis on translating the scientific basis for environmental concern into techniques and strategies that address both the needs of human societies and the requirements of natural systems. The workshop intends to create a discussion platform for AI and environmental science researchers.

The increasing degradation of the environment has forced society to consider whether human beings are changing the essential conditions to life on earth. This sensation has encouraged research, and an enormous amount of effort has gone trying to understand and prevent environmental degradation.

The workshop intends to create a discussion platform for AI and Environmental researchers involved in the development of applications in the current and sensitive area as Environmental Decision Support Systems are. There have been many experimental environmental applications of AI tools and techniques, basically Expert Systems, but nowadays the recent innovations of AI enable the construction of real applications. EDSS are present in the environmental management process at different levels such as:

Research activities presented within the workshop may come from all environmental science fields, showing how AI approaches can be useful to the design and management of environmental systems. Among other issues, we expect that the following items will be discussed in papers and/or posters presented within the workshop:

New and improved techniques or methods, as well as innovative applications, are welcome. Presentations of the current state of ongoing research projects and contributions emphasizing integration of various technologies or paradigms are specially welcome.

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Content and Format of the Workshop



Tony has been President of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand since 1987 and is Foundation President of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. He is on the Board of numerous academic journals and is Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Modelling and Software, an Elsevier journal. He has undertaken invited study leave at Stanford, Cambridge and Lancaster Universities, as well as at the University of Western Australia, CSIRO Land and Water and the UK Institute of Hydrology (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).
Tony Jakeman received his Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Pure and Applied Mathematics from the University of NSW in 1973. He was awarded the PhD in Applied Numerical Analysis from the ANU in 1976. After holding a short-term postdoctoral position in Statistics at the University of Florida, he returned to ANU in 1976 and joined the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies. In 1997 he helped set up the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management (iCAM) Centre, a continuing joint initiative of CRES and SRES.


The workshop will be organised as a one-day event in a horizontal fashion using the AI techniques as the horizontal axis, and the discussion will be promoted to get benefits from a vertical axis that will be the different Environmental fields.
Special emphasis will be devoted towards the application issues and the exchange of experiences. An invited talk by Prof. Tony Jakeman will be included. Normal research or/and applied papers will be considered, and also, a poster exhibition from outstanding research projects of participants will be organised.
Presentations will be grouped into sections to foster focused discussions. The workshop schedule will provide time for specific discussions directly after each presentation as well as for extended more general exchange of ideas between sessions, and will end with an open discussion where conclusions will be drawn including the identification of new research areas and groups of work, initiation of new research projects proposals for international funded projects (such as the EU FP6), and so on. Some of the attendees will be asked to serve as session commentators who summarise and critically reflect on the presentations of a session.
We think that in the presentations could be very interesting for the workshop purposes to prepare an introductory slide answering to these 5 questions:

  1. What is the environmental problem you are trying to solve?
  2. What AI methods are you applying to solve the problem and how are you applying them?
  3. How well are the methods working?
  4. How are you evaluating the work done?
  5. Do you have some available environmental database for the new BESAI database repository?

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Instructions for Participants

All participants in BESAI 2004 workshop have to register both for the main ECAI 2004 conference and the workshop itself. Workshop attendance will be limited to registered participants.

Authors planning to submit a contribution to BESAI 2004 should contact as soon as possible to the Workshop Committee Contact people by e-mail.

and/or posters emphasising integration of various technologies or paradigms adressing the above issues are specially welcome including machine learning, data mining, knowledge-based systems, case-based reasoning, soft computing, spatial and temporal reasoning, planning, decision processes, intelligent decision support systems, multi-agent systems, etc.

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Instructions for Submissions

Authors planning to submit a contribution must contact as soon as possible to the Workshop Committee Contact people by e-mail indicating the type of contribution: a paper or a poster or both. A provisional title and brief abstract should be provided, including a brief description of ongoing research lines, research projects or applications of the authors' research group, if available, within the scope of the aims of the workshop.

Authors should electronically send their original paper or/and poster  in the following decreasing preferred formats (Word file, PDF file or Postscript file) to Workshop Committee Contact people by March 31, 2004:

Each paper will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. The reviewers can be selected among the contributors. Each poster will be checked by at least 1 member of the Workshop Committee. Following the recommendations of the reviewers, authors of accepted papers / posters will have to submit a camera-ready paper or revised poster and to prepare a presentation or exhibition. Presentations will be grouped into sections to foster focused discussions. Software demonstrations of applications are strongly encouraged when available.
Notification of provisional paper / poster acceptance will be sent prior to May 26, 2004. The Workshop Organising Committee must receive final camera-ready papers, revised according to the suggestions of the reviewers no later than June 10, 2004. In addition to the camera-ready paper for the Workshop Notes, that will be distributed at the workshop, authors have to prepare an electronic version of their paper and make it available prior to the workshop.
Approved posters revised according to the revision comments should be also electronically delivered by June 10, 2004 to appear in a full or abstracted form in the final Workshop Notes. In addition, physical posters should be brought and exhibited in the workshop site at València.

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Important Dates

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Workshop Notes

In addition to the workshop notes it is planned to publish some selected material based or derived from the workshop on other formats (book, special issue of a journal). Selected authors will have the opportunity to revise and extend their contributions. Previous BESAI workshops had selected papers published as a special issue in the Environmental Modelling & Software (Elsevier) and AI Communications (IOS Press) journals.

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Workshop Committee

Workshop Organising & Programme Committee Contact people

Workshop Organising & Programme Committee

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Address for Submissions and Further Information

Both intentions of submission and papers or posters must be submitted electronically to Mihaela Oprea AND Miquel Sànchez-Marrè at the following electronic addresses:

Mihaela Oprea
Department of Informatics
University Petroleum-Gas from Ploiesti

Miquel Sànchez-Marrè
Knowledge Engineering & Machine Learning Group
Artificial Intelligence section
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)

Further information on ECAI 2004 is available at the ECAI 2004 home page.

The URL of this Workshop home page is

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