BESAI 2000 - Workshop
(W7) Binding Environmental Sciences
Artificial Intelligence

August 21, 2000
Berlin, Germany, EU

A workshop held in conjunction with the

14th Biennial European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2000)

August 20-25, 2000, Berlin, Germany, EU



Workshop Information

What the workshop is about

The BESAI 2000 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.

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. Papers presented within the workshop should examine:

the link between AI research development and environmental degradation;

AI efforts applied to environment management, resource policy development and environmental impact reduction;

the role of AI in responding to environmental challenges and preventing environmental problems;

the creation and application of Environmental Decision Support Systems (EDSSs) (e.g., systems for the management of hazard identification, risk assessment and evaluation);

integration and distribution of AI techniques applied to environmental issues;

environmental knowledge acquisition and management;

ontologies of environmental domains;

real-time in environment management.

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.

Note that there is a companion workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture and Natural Resources (W33) that, as its name indicates, focusses on agricultural and natural resources problems with no explicit commitment to environmental impacts. In order to encourage participation in both workshops, they will be organized on two consecutive days.

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Format of the Workshop

The workshop is organized as a one-day event. Special emphasis will be devoted to application issues and the exchange of experiences. Presentations will be grouped into sections to foster focused discussions. An invited talk may be included. 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. Some of the attendees will be asked to serve as session commentators who summarize and critically reflect on the presentations of a session. In the presentations, to include an introductory slide answering the following 4 questions is suggested:

1) What is the environmental problem we are trying to solve?
2) What AI methods are we applying to solve the problem and how are we applying them?
3) How well are the methods working?
4) How are we evaluating the work done?

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Instructions for Participants

All participants in BESAI 2000 workshop have to register both for the main ECAI 2000 conference and the workshop itself. Workshop attendance will be limited to registered participants.

Authors planning to submit a contribution to BESAI 2000 should contact as soon as possible to the Workshop Committee by e-mail. A provisional title and abstract have to be provided, including description of ongoing research projects as well as applications in the area of study.

Each manuscript will be reviewed by 3 reviewers. The reviewers can be selected among the contributors.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 28, 2000. Final camera-ready manuscripts, revised according to the suggestions of the reviewershave to be received by the Workshop Organizing Committee no later than June 2, 2000.

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Instructions for Submissions

Interested contributing authors have to submit manuscripts addressing issues that are clearly relevant to the workshop theme and an additional brief (1 page) description of their ongoing research projects.

Authors have to send 3 copies of their original manuscript or an electronic version (word file, PDF or Unix printable postscript) to the Workshop Committee by March 24, 2000.

The style recommended for submission of papers and required for the camera-ready paper version for BESAI 2000 is described in an example paper available as a postscript document and a PDF document. LaTeX style files are also provided, including the source for the guidelines paper.

Submissions must not exceed 10 pages in camera-ready format (9 point body text size). Each half-page of figures will be counted as 600 words. The manuscript has to start with an abstract of no more than 150 words and should include a list of about five keywords. Authors submitting unformatted papers must include a word count on their paper. Over length submissions will be rejected without review.

Submissions will be peer reviewed by 3 referees. Following the recommendations of the reviewers, authors of accepted papers will have to submit a camera-ready paper and to prepare a presentation. Presentations will be grouped into sections to foster focused discussions.

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.

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Important Dates

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Workshop Notes

In adtion to the workshop note 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.

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Workshop Committee



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Address for Submissions and Further Information

Proposals have to be submitted electronically (Unix compatible postscript, PDF or Word for Windows) to both co-chairs Ulises Cortés and Miquel Sànchez-Marrè, at the following address:

Ulises Cortés / Miquel Sànchez-Marrè
Artificial Intelligence section
Dept. of Software
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)
Campus Nord - Edifici C5
Jordi Girona 1-3
E-08034 Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain
Voice: + 34 . 93 401 70 16 / + 34 . 93 401 73 34
Fax: + 34 . 93 401 70 14

Further information on ECAI 2000 is available at the ECAI 2000 home page.

The URL of this Workshop home page is

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