Elisabeth Andre (
Thu, 07 Sep 1995 15:16:55 +0200


12th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
August 12-16, 1996
Budapest, Hungary

The ECAI-96 Program Committee invites proposals for the Workshop
Program for ECAI-96, which is to be held in Budapest, Hungary, August
12-16, 1996. The workshops for ECAI-96 will be held in the period 12th
- 13th August, immediately prior to the start of the main conference.

Gathering in an informal setting, workshop participants will have the
opportunity to meet and discuss selected technical topics in an
atmosphere which fosters the active exchange of ideas among
researchers and practitioners. Members from all segments of the AI
community are invited to submit proposals for review.

To encourage interaction and a broad exchange of ideas, the workshops
will be kept small, preferably under 30 participants and certainly
under 40. Attendance should be limited to active participants
only. Workshops are intended to be genuinely interactive events and
not mini-conferences. Thus, although the format of workshop
presentations will be determined by the organizers proposing the
workshop, ample time must be allotted for general
discussion. Workshops can vary in length, but most will last a full
day. Attendees at workshops MUST register for the main ECAI

Submission Details

Proposals for workshops should be between two and three pages in length,
and should contain:

- A brief but technical description of the workshop identifying specific
technical issues that will be its focus.
- A discussion of why the workshop is of interest at this time.
- The names, postal addresses, phone numbers and email addresses
of the Organizing Committee, which should consist of three or four people
knowledgeable in the field but not all at the same institution.
- The name of one member of the Organizing Committee who is designated
the primary contact, this being someone with an email address.
- A list of previously-organized related workshops organized by any of the
Organizing Committee. This is to help the Workshop Chair put the
workshop in context (previous experience with similar workshops is not
- If possible, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees.
- A proposed schedule for organizing the workshop and a preliminary
- A description of how the organizers intend to encourage a workshop,
rather than a mini-conference, atmosphere.

Proposers are encouraged to send their draft proposal to potential
participants for comments before submission. Proposals should be
submitted by electronic mail, in plain ASCII text as soon as possible,
but no later than November 1, 1995. Organizers will be notified of the
committee's decision no later than December 1, 1995. A summary of
accepted workshops with contact addresses will be available on the
ECAI webserver after 15th December 1995.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for:
- Producing and distributing a Call for Participation in the workshop,
open to all members of the AI community. The Call for Participation should
make it clear that all workshop participants are expected to register
for the main ECAI conference and that the number of participants is limited.
It should also make clear the process by which the Organizing Committee
will select the participants.
- Reviewing requests to participate in the workshop and selecting the
- By December 1, 1996, preparing a review of the workshop for possible
publication and sending it to the workshop coordinator.

Workshop organizers will be sent a set of guidelines for the preparation of
any working notes. They must provide the local arrangement office with the
following materials by June 3, 1996:

- A provisional list of workshop participants.
- Any working notes to be duplicated for the workshop, up to a total of 120
pages per participant.
- A list of audio-visual requirements and any special room requirements.

Workshop organizers must provide the local arrangement office with a final
list of workshop participants by July 29, 1996.

ECAI will be responsible for:
- Providing logistical support and a meeting place for the workshop.
- In conjunction with the organizers, determining the workshop date
and time.
- Duplicating working notes as described above and distributing them
to the participants.

ECAI encourages the production of publications based on the workshops, but
the ECAI name cannot be used on such publications without prior permission
being given. ECAI reserves the right to cancel any workshop if deadlines
are missed.

To cover costs, it will be necessary to charge a fee of ECU 50 for
each participant of each workshop in addition to the normal ECAI-96
conference registration fee.

An up-to-date version of the Call for Workshop Proposals is available via

Please submit your proposals and any inquiries to:

Dr. Elisabeth Andre
Workshop Coordinator
German Research Center for AI, DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
D-66123 Saarbruecken
Tel: +49 681-302 5267
Fax: +49 681-302 5341

Important Dates

Submission Deadline for Workshop Proposals 1 November 1995
Notification of acceptance of Workshop Proposals 1 December 1995
Submission of final copy of Workshop Notes 3 June 1996
Workshop dates 12-13 August 1996