ECAI'2006 Conference

BESAI 2006 - 5th ECAI Workshop on
Binding Environmental Sciences and
Artificial Intelligence (W20)

Tuesday August 29, 2006
  Riva del Garda, Italy

A workshop held in conjunction with the

17th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(ECAI 2006)

August 28th-September 1st, 2006. Riva del Garda, Italy

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Related events:
iEMSs'2006 Conference
iEMSs 2006

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 fifth edition of BESAI workshop under the ECAI conference, after the successful previous workshops (1st BESAI’98 at Brighton, 2nd BESAI’2000 at Berlin, 3rd BESAI'2002 at Lyon, and 4th BESAI'2004 at València). We hope its high level of participation and success will continue in Riva del Garda.

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'2006 workshop.

The present general lack of knowledge on several aspects which affect the environment, from its past history to its present state, on how to preserve it and how to protect it, has encouraged research on environmental issues and an important effort is being dedicated to understand how to better manage the ecosystems and prevent environmental degradation. It is recognised 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 BESAI workshop intends to create a discussion platform for artificial-intelligence (AI) and environmental-science researchers involved in the development of Intelligent Environmental Decision-Support Systems (IEDSS). These applications are special kinds of knowledge-based systems dedicated to solve real-world environmental problems, intervening in the environmental-management process at different levels such as:

The technical issues that we expect to address in this workshop may come from all environmental-science fields, showing how AI approaches can be useful to the environmental design and management systems. We expect that the following items will be discussed in papers and/or posters at 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



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 is being considered to 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 seven 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 you manage uncertainty ?
  5. Spatial and/or Temporal reasoning is necessary/useful within your Environmnetal System? Do you use or design an interesting approache to solve Spatial/Temporal Reasoning challemges?
  6. How are you evaluating /validating the work done? Some benchmark is available ?
  7. Do you have some available environmental database for the new BESAI database repository?

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Instructions for Participants

All participants in BESAI 2006 workshop have to register both for the main ECAI 2006 conference and the workshop itself. Workshop attendance will be limited to registered participants.

Authors planning to submit a contribution to BESAI 2006 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 April 21, 2006:

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 15, 2004. The Workshop Organising Committee must receive final camera-ready papers, revised according to the suggestions of the reviewers no later than May 24, 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 May 24, 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 Riva del Garda.

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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 at the following electronic address:

Mihaela Oprea
Department of Informatics
University Petroleum-Gas from Ploiesti

Further information on ECAI 2006 is available at the ECAI 2006 home page.

The URL of this Workshop home page is

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