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ERCIM News No.49, April 2002

SOFSEM 2001 - 28th Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Informatics

by Gabriela Andrejkova

The SOFSEM (SOFtware SEMinar) is an annual international computer science and computer engineering conference of generalistic and multidisciplinary nature. SOFSEM roots are in the former Czechoslovakia. SOFSEM 2001, the 28th in a row, was held in Piestany, Slovakia, from 24 November to 1 December 2001. SOFSEM 2001 received support from ERCIM and several other institutions from the IT industry. There were 147 participants from 18 countries, about two thirds from Bohemia and Slovakia.

Initially the Proceedings of the seminar were published in Czech and Slovak. Since 1990 the proceedings started to appear in English and since 1995 they have been published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.
The Session in 2001 - which was also the second session held in Slovakia since the division of former Czechoslovakia - was organized by the Slovak Society for Computer Science and Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of Comenius University (Bratislava) in cooperation with Czech Society of Computer Science, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of Slovak University of Technology, Institute of Informatics and Statistics, Mathematical Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences and SOFTEC. It was supported by European Association for Theoretical Computer Science and ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics).

The scientific programme of the seminar was divided into three principal areas: Trends in Informatics, Enabling Technologies for Global Computing Practical Systems Engineering and Applications. The Program Committee was chaired by Peter Ruzicka of the Comenius University, Bratislava.

The above areas were covered through 12 invited talks presented by prominent researchers. There were 18 contributed talks, selected by the international Programme Committee from among 46 submitted papers. The conference was accompanied by workshops on Electronic Commerce Systems (coordinated by H. D. Zimmermann) and Soft Computing (coordinated by P.Hajek, ERCIM Working Group). The Proccedings of the conference appeared as volume LNCS 2234 of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science of the Springer-Verlag. The contributed papers presented of the workshop on Soft Computing were published in Neural Network World, No. 6, 2001. The contributed papers of the workshop on Electronic Commerce Systems were published in the local proceedings of Faculty of Mathematics, Physiscs and Informatics of Comenius University.

SOFSEM 2002 will be held at Milovy in the Bohemian Highlands (approximately two hours by car from Brno). We hope that it will be as successful as it was on numerous previous occasions in the same venue.

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Please contact:
Gabriela Andrejkova, SRCIM