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AISB event Bulletin Item

Final Call: AI-2008 Cambridge


JUNE 2008 ***   

AI-2008: Peterhouse College, Cambridge, UK 
December 9th-11th 2008   


Organised by BCS SGAI: The British Computer Society Specialist Group
on Artificial Intelligence (an ECCAI Member Society)   

The leading series of UK-based international conferences on Artificial
Intelligence and one of the longest running AI conference series in



AI-2008 is the Twenty-eighth SGAI International Conference on 
Innovative  Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence.   

The scope of the conference comprises the whole range of AI 
technologies and  application areas. AI-2008 reviews recent technical
advances in AI technologies  and shows how these advances have been
applied to solve business problems.  Key features of AI-2008 are:   

- Papers will be published in book form by Spinger.   

- The Technical Stream presents the best of recent developments in AI,
covering  a wide range of technical areas.  

- The Application Stream is the largest annual showcase in Europe of
real  applications using AI technology.   

- The best papers will be reprinted in a special issue of the 
international journal  'Knowledge Based Systems'.   

- The Poster Session is a forum for disseminating new developments and
latest  work in progress, especially suited to MSc and PhD students.  

- Prizes for Best Paper in each stream and Best Poster.   

- The programme also includes tutorials and workshops to provide
greater depth  in selected topics. (These are free to delegates of the
main conference, but  separate registration is also available.)   

- The Machine Intelligence (MI) competition exhibits working systems
that are a  significant step towards machine intelligence.   

- UK CBR13, the 13th UK CBR Workshop, will be co-located with AI-2008.

- The conference qualifies for the IEE and BCS CPD schemes.   

- In addition to the formal sessions, the conference programme 
includes a  welcome reception and a Gala Dinner.   

AI-2008 offers a valuable opportunity to keep up to date with 
developments in  AI and to share experiences in the practical issues
of developing AI systems.   


- Paper/Poster Submission: Monday 2nd June 2008   

- Notification of Acceptance: Monday 21st July 2008  

- Camera Ready Paper: Monday 1st September 2008   


Contributions are invited in the form of papers of up to fourteen A4
pages  presenting original work in AI. Contributions may be submitted
to either of two  streams for oral presentation, or a parallel poster
session (six pages maximum).   

Technical Stream   

Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): knowledge
engineering;  semantic web; constraint satisfaction; intelligent
agents; machine learning;  model based reasoning; verification and
validation of AI systems; natural  language understanding;
speech-enabled systems; case based reasoning; neural  networks;
genetic algorithms; data mining and knowledge discovery in  databases;
knowledge representation, inference and reasoning; robotics and
pervasive computing; qualitative and temporal reasoning; knowledge
management; AI languages and environments; robotics and pervasive

Application Stream   

Case studies are welcomed describing the application of AI to 
real-world  problems. Papers in recent years have covered all 
application domains,  including commerce, manufacturing and 
government, and every major AI  technique. In addition to case studies
and specific applications of AI, we would  welcome papers that discuss
issues such as managing the transfer from research  to production of
AI-based products. Papers are selected to highlight critical  areas of
success (and failure) and to present the benefits and lessons of value
to  other developers. Submitted papers should make these points clear.
Guidance  notes for Application Stream authors are available from the

Poster Session   

The Poster Session is intended for the presentation of work which
meets the  high standards of AI-2008, but which is more topical and
preliminary than the  work presented in the main two streams. It is an
excellent forum for  disseminating new developments and latest work in
progress, especially suited  to MSc and PhD students. Poster papers
will be printed as short papers  (maximum 6 pages) in the proceedings
volumes. Papers submitted to the  Technical and Application streams
will automatically be considered as posters if  they fall short of the
standard for oral presentation in full form.   

Publication of Papers   

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be published
in book  form by Springer.   

- The books will be prepared from camera-ready copy supplied by the
authors of  accepted papers.   

- Formatting specifications for the proceedings have been provided by
the  publisher and are available from the conference website.   

- Authors will retain copyright in all papers published in the two
volumes of  proceedings.   

- The best six refereed papers in each stream will be reprinted as a
special issue  of the international journal Knowledge Based Systems.  

Submission of Papers   

Papers must be prepared in either Microsoft Word or Latex. Initial
versions of  papers should be submitted in PDF format only and
uploaded to the conference  website by MONDAY JUNE 2nd 2008 at the
latest. There are revised Word  macro and Latex style files compared
with previous years.  

- At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and
attend the  conference to present it in person, for the paper to be

- Presenting authors will be asked to register for the conference at
the  discounted speakers' rate when they return the final camera-ready
printed  versions of their papers.   

Tutorials & workshops   

The Conference Committee invites proposals for tutorials and workshops
to be  presented on the first day of the conference. These should be
directed in the first  instance to the Tutorial/Workshop Organiser.   


There are sponsored prizes (a trophy plus 500 pounds) for the best
paper  submitted in each stream and a trophy plus a cash prize for the
best poster,  awarded on the basis of delegate voting.   

Machine Intelligence Competition   

A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a 1,000 pounds cash prize
will be  awarded to the winner of the annual machine intelligence
competition. This  prize will be awarded to the working system that is
considered to be the most  significant step forward towards Machine
Intelligence on display at the  competition.   

All further information including details of the conference committee,
program  committees, paper format and uploading instructions is given
on the conference  website.   

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT: sgai-conference@bcs.org.uk