ECAI-2000 Workshop

Empirical Methods in Artificial Intelligence

Workshop Description  Workshop Programme  Important Dates  Submission Procedure  Organisation 

Workshop Description

In many areas of AI, experiments are the primary means of demonstrating the potential and value of systems and techniques. It has been widely recognised that appropriate empirical approaches often yield new insights into algorithms and systems, and often lead to new experimental and theoretical research issues. Thus empirical methods for analysing and comparing systems and techniques are of considerable interest to many AI researchers.

While experimental approaches are well established and have reached a high level of sophistication in other sciences, like physics and biology, the types of empirical analysis done in AI often are often rather rudimentary. This workshop aims to improve this situation.

The workshop will bring together researchers from different areas of AI and Operations Research, such as constraint satisfaction and satisfiability, knowledge acquisition, machine learning and neural networks, theorem proving, planning and scheduling, learning, robotics, natural language processing and speech recognition, vision, and many others where empirical methods are used to analyse and evaluate algorithms and systems.

Workshop topics will include:

This half-day workshop is organised by Holger H. Hoos and Thomas Stützle; it is co-ordinated with the ECAI-2000 Tutorial "Stochastic Search Algorithms" (presented by Holger H. Hoos and Thomas Stützle) and the ECAI-2000 Tutorial "Empirical Methods for Computer Science" (presented by Paul Cohen, Ian Gent, and Toby Walsh). The workshop and the two tutorials will complement each other and together will offer a comprehensive coverage of many important issues in the empirical analysis of AI algorithms and systems.

Important Dates

Submission deadline:(extended) 15 May 2000
Notification of acceptance:29 May 2000
Camera-ready copy deadline:8 June 2000
Workshop:22 August 2000 (afternoon)

Submission Procedure

We ask authors to submit a position paper either in Postscript or PDF.

The position paper should describe and justify your view on one or more topics relevant to this workshop. The paper should be reasonably concise, i.e. we expect that about 1000 words will suffice, but you may use more if needed. Submissions should be printed on 8.5" x 11" or A4 paper with at least 1 inch margins on all sides. The first page of the position paper should include the title, a brief abstract, and author names, affiliations, postal addresses, electronic mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers.

To submit a paper, email it (or a URL pointer to it) to or

The number of participants is limited; participants will be selected based on the submitted position paper. All participants are expected to contribute to the discussions in the workshop.

Note that all workshop participants are expected to register for the main ECAI-2000 conference

Organisation / Contact Information

Holger H. Hoos (Co-chair)

University of British Columbia
Computer Science Department
2366 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

Phone: +1 (604) 822-5109
Fax: +1 (604) 822-5485

Thomas Stützle (Co-chair)

Technische Universität Darmstadt
FG Intellektik, FB Informatik
Alexanderstr. 10
D-64283 Darmstadt

Phone: +49 (6151) 16-6651
Fax: +49 (6151) 16-5336

Paul Cohen

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Computer Science
Box 34610
Amherst, MA 01003-4610

Phone: +1 (413) 545 3638
Fax: +1 (413) 545 1249

Kevin Korb

Monash University
Department of Computer Science
Clayton, Victoria 3168

Phone: +61 (3) 9905 5198
Fax: +61 (3) 9905 5146

Geoff Sutcliffe

James Cook University
Department of Computer Science
Townsville, 4811

Phone: +61 (7) 4781 5085
Fax: +61 (7) 4781 4029

Toby Walsh

University of Strathclyde
Department of Computer Science
Glasgow G1 1XH

Phone: +44 (141) 548 4523
Fax: +44 (141) 552 5330

Last modified: 10 May 2000