ECAI Call for Papers


Formatting guidelines

Submission procedure

Anonymous reviewing process

Multiple submissions policy

The review process


ChairPerson Address

Conference proceedings

The ECAI 2004 Programme Committee invites submission of papers for the Technical Programme of the 16th biennial European Conference on Artificial Intelligence


Important dates

13 Feb 2004 Deadline for paper summaries
18 Feb 2004 Deadline for papers
2 May 2004 Notification of acceptance
31 May 2004 Camera-ready copies of papers

24-27 Aug 2004

Technical programme at ECAI 2004

Topics [top]

Submissions are invited on substantial, original and previously unpublished research in all fields of Artificial Intelligence, including, but not limited to:

AI and Creativity
AI Architectures
Art and Music
Automated Reasoning
Autonomous Agents
Bayesian Learning
Belief Revision
Case-Based Reasoning
Causal Reasoning
Cognitive Modelling
Cognitive Robotics
Common-Sense Reasoning
Computer-Aided Learning
Conceptual Graphs
Constraint Programming
Constraint Satisfaction
Data Mining
Decision Theory
Description Logics
Discourse Modelling
Distributed AI
Game Playing
Genetic Algorithms
Geometric Reasoning
Information Extraction
Information Retrieval
Intelligent User Interfaces
Knowledge Acquisition
Knowledge-Based Systems
Knowledge Discovery
Knowledge Representation
Logic Programming
Machine Learning
Machine Translation
Meta-Heuristics for AI
Model-Based Reasoning
Multi-Agent Systems
Natural Language Processing
Neural Networks
Nonmonotonic Reasoning
Philosophical Foundations
Probabilistic Reasoning
Qualitative Reasoning
Real-Time Systems
Reasoning about Actions and Change
Reasoning under Uncertainty
Reinforcement Learning
Resource-Bounded Reasoning
Reuse of Knowledge
Satisfiability Testing
Spatial Reasoning
Speech Processing
Temporal Reasoning
Text Mining
Theorem Proving
User Modelling
Verification and Validation

Formatting guidelines [top]

It is highly recommended to submit papers using the final camera-ready formatting style, except that author names should be omitted, and replaced by the tracking number. Submissions must not exceed five pages in camera-ready format. Submissions of unformatted papers are limited to 6000 words including footnotes, figure captions, tables, appendices, and bibliography. Each half-page of figures will be counted as 600 words. (Please note that for some papers five camera-ready pages may be considerably less than 6000 words in practice.) Overlengthy submissions will be rejected without review. Authors submitting unformatted papers must include a word count on their paper. Guidelines on the format of submissions are available on the ECAI 2004 Style Guide page (go to and follow the link CfP -> Style Guide). Latex style files to support formatting of submissions are also available. Final versions of accepted papers will be required to conform strictly to the formatting requirements specified in the ECAI 2004 Style Guide. Each accepted paper will be allocated five pages in the proceedings.

ECAI 2004 also accepts posters. Each poster will have two pages allocated in the proceedings. Papers originally sent as posters must follow the same guidelines as the full papers, as reported above, but paper length is limited to two pages. In this case, the front page must report the indication “POSTER”. However, papers not submitted as posters can end up accepted as posters if the PC so decides.

Submission procedure [top]

Submission is a two-stage process. Authors are asked to submit a brief summary of their paper by 13 February 2004, followed by their full paper before 18 February 2004 (23:59 CET). The strongly preferred submission method for summaries is to use the Web-based summary submission form, accessible from the ECAI 2004 home page ( Submitted summaries will be assigned a unique tracking number that should be marked on the full paper submission. Authors without access to the Web should send a summary including the title, authors, contact address and abstract of the paper (maximum 200 words), plus keywords drawn from the above list (plus other key-words if appropriate) to the ECAI 2004 Programme Chair (by email or postal mail). The summary information and the tracking number should also be included with the paper itself, on a separate sheet of paper.

Only PDF files will be accepted.  A free service to convert a number of widely used file formats to PDF is available at  (the first three uses of this service are for free).

After entering/revising a summary, the corresponding author will receive an email containing: current summary status, tracking number, authorization code and an active link to the upload site.

Authors not able to use the Web-based submission form may omit the tracking number. The strongly preferred submission method for full papers is electronic uploading through the Web (see information on the conference Web page, under the CFP link).

An alternative to Web uploading is to send the paper as an Email-attachment to the address In this case the suject field must contain the tracking number of the paper.

Submissions in hardcopy may also be made if electronic submission is problematic for the authors. In that case, six copies of the paper (each including the summary sheet) should be sent by postal mail or courier service to the ECAI 2004 Programme Chair, Lorenza Saitta, at the address below. The deadline for receiving the papers is 18 February 2004 (23:59 CET) for both electronic and hardcopy submissions. Papers received after this date will not be reviewed. Notification of receipt of full papers will be mailed to the corresponding author soon after receipt.

Anonymous reviewing process [top]

ECAI 2004 will operate an anonymous reviewing process. Reviewing for ECAI 2004 will be blind to the identities of the authors and their institutions. To allow for blind reviewing replace the authors line in your submission by the unique tracking number assigned by the submission of the summary form (or leave it empty in case you are not able to use the web-based summary submission form). Please avoid identifying self-references. Replace phrases like "We have shown in [n]" by "In [n] it has been shown  ...".

Multiple submissions policy [top]

ECAI 2004 will not accept any paper which at the time of submission is under review for, or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also expected not to submit their papers elsewhere during the review period. These restrictions only apply to journals and conferences and not to workshops or similar specialised meetings with limited audiences. The title page should include a statement that "this paper is not under review or accepted for publication in another conference or journal".

The review process [top]

All submissions will be subject to academic peer review by the ECAI 2004 Programme Committee under the chairmanship of the ECAI 2004 Programme Committee Chair. The ECAI 2004 Programme Committee Chair has final authority over the review process and all decisions relating to acceptance of papers. Review criteria include originality of ideas, technical soundness, significance of results, and quality of presentation. Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted papers will be mailed to the corresponding author by 2 May 2004.

Awards [top]

The best paper of the conference, as selected by the ECAI 2004 Programme Committee, will receive a prize sponsored by Elsevier Science. The authors will also be invited to publish a longer version of the paper in the Artificial Intelligence journal. The authors of the 10 next best papers will all be invited to submit a long version of their paper to a special fast-review track of the Artificial Intelligence journal.

ChairPerson Address [top]

Lorenza Saitta
ECAI 2004 Programme Chair
Dipartimento di Informatica
Università del Piemonte Orientale
Spalto Marengo 33
15100 Alessandria, Italy

Tel: +39 0131 287 454        
Fax: +39 0131 287 440

E-mail correspondence:

E-mail submission:
Summary page:        ( -> CFP link)
Full paper upload site:

Conference proceedings [top]

The conference proceedings will be published and distributed by IOS Press on paper and as a CD-ROM. The authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready copies of papers, conforming to the ECAI 2004 formatting guidelines, for inclusion in the proceedings. The deadline for receipt of the camera-ready copy is 31 May 2004. Note that at least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the paper.

For further information on paper submission, please refer to the Web page at: