16th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
by Vicent J. Botti
The 16th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2004) was held in Valencia, Spain, from 22-27 August 2004, hosted by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and the Grupo de Investigación de Tecnología Informática Inteligencia Artificial (GTI-IA). ECAI provided a public forum for researchers from academy and industry and public organizations, offering them an invaluable occasion to meet and exchange ideas, thus contributing to making real the upcoming 'Information Society'.
The conference included, from August 22 to 24, 2004, two days and a half of workshops (27 workshops) and tutorials (11 tutorials) on most advanced topics, as well as the second starting AI Researchers Symposium (STAIRS), followed by the three-day technical program of ECAI. Following an established tradition, the sub-conference on prestigious applications of intelligent systems (PAIS) ran in parallel with ECAI. The technical programme included refereed paper presentations, invited talks by prestigious speakers and poster sessions. The invited speakers were Glorianna Davenport (MIT, USA), Christian Freksa (University of Bremen, Germany), Carole Goble (University of Manchester, UK), and Seppo Laukkanen (SenseTrix, Finland).
Among 653 submissions received from 45 countries, 168 papers were accepted for oral presentation at ECAI 2004, 13 for oral presentation at PAIS 2004, and, for the first time, 87 were accepted as posters.
Although the majority of the submitted papers were from Europe (505), there has been a significant number of papers from the rest of the world, and particularly from Asia (53), North America (50) and Oceania (21). We can also notice the emergence of high quality AI research in South America (16) and Africa (8), and this is an indicator of the increasing interest in AI worldwide.
After the late registration deadline the main conference (ECAI04) has 694 registrations, STAIRS has 53 registrations, and 436 people have registered for the 27 workshops.