August 10th, 2003

Workshop on
Environmental Decision Support Systems (EDSS'2003)


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The EDSS 2003 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 will foster 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
  • Real-time in environment management
  • The challenge of spatial and temporal management in environmental processes

Contributions are invited from all members of the AI community working on any Environmental field showing how AI approaches can be useful to solve problems in environmental systems. New or improved techniques or methods, as well as innovative applications are welcome. Papers emphasising integration of various technologies or paradigms are particularly welcome, including (but not restricted to):

  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • Case-based reasoning
  • Data mining
  • Fuzzy systems
  • Genetic algorithms and genetic programming
  • Intelligent decision-support systems
  • Knowledge-based systems
  • Machine learning
  • Multiagent and distributed systems
  • Ontologies
  • Qualitative reasoning
  • Planning
  • Real-time intervention systems
  • Spatial reasoning
  • Temporal reasoning

Application areas may be related to any Environmental field such as:

  • Air pollution
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecological-system modelling and simulation
  • Emergency management
  • Environmental-crime detection
  • Environmental data mining and knowledge management
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental process supervision
  • Forest and land management
  • Global climatic change
  • Marine pollution
  • Meteorological prediction
  • Natural resource management
  • Remote sensing
  • System ecology
  • Waste management
  • Wastewater treatment management
  • Water resource management

Presentations of the current state of ongoing research projects and challenging, survey or position contributions are welcome, too.

Workshop Notes

Papers from the workshop

Submission Instructions

Authors planning to submit a contribution must contact the Workshop Committee by e-mail as soon as possible. A provisional title and short abstract must be provided, and the description of ongoing research projects as well as real-world applications in which the authors are involved will be very appreciated. Authors should send an electronic version by e-mail (Word document, PDF file or Unix compatible Postscript file) of their original manuscript to the Workshop Committee by March 7, 2003. Each manuscript should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and should include a list of no more than five keywords.

Suggested format for submissions is the same as for the main IJCAI'03 conference. See instructions for details.

Each manuscript will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. The reviewers may be selected from the contributors.

In addition to the workshop notes, papers based on workshop submissions may be published as a book or special issue of a journal. Selected authors will have the opportunity to revise and extend their contributions.

Note: Participants are expected to register for the main IJCAI conference in addition to the workshop.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Deadline for the submission of full papers: March 7, 2003.
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: Delayed until April 29, 2003.
  • Deadline for the receipt of camera-ready papers: May 23, 2003.

Workshop Program and Schedule

Workshop schedule

Organizing Committee

Dr. Ulises Cortés (Co-chair)
Knowledge Engineering & Machine Learning group
Artificial Intelligence section
Technical University of Catalonia
Campus Nord-Edifici C5, Jordi Girona 1-3, E-08034 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Dr. Miquel Sànchez-Marrè (Co-chair)
Knowledge Engineering & Machine Learning group
Artificial Intelligence section
Technical University of Catalonia
Campus Nord-Edifici C5, Jordi Girona 1-3, E-08034 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Prof. Franz Wotawa (Co-chair)
Institute for Software Technology
Graz University of Technology
Inffeldgasse 16b/II, A-8010 Graz, Austria

Program Committee

René Bañares-Alcántara, Rovira i Virgili University, Catalonia, Spain
L. Karl Branting, LiveWireLogic Inc., USA
Ulises Cortés, Technical University of Catalonia, Catalonia, Spain.
Joaquim Comas, University of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.
Donald Nute, The University of Georgia, USA
Ignasi Rodríguez-Roda, University of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.
Miquel Sànchez-Marrè, Technical University of Catalonia, Catalonia, Spain.
Jean Philippe Steyer, Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology, INRA, France
Peter Struss, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Franz Wotawa, Technical University of Graz, Austria