The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence
and the Simulation of Behaviour (SSAISB)

AISB'01 Convention

21st - 24th March 2001

University of York, United Kingdom

Details Travelling Timetable Delegates Abstracts Registration Invited speakers Constituent symposia Proceedings Links

Convention Details

Dates:21st - 24th March 2001 inclusive Local arrangements Eduardo Alonso
Location:University of York exhibition centre (see no. 12) chair:Email:
Format:Seven serial/parallel symposia on specialist AI topics Symposium chairs:Andrei Voronkov
Six invited speakers:See below Daniel Kudenko and Eduardo Alonso
Convention chair:Simon Colton Geraint Wiggins
Department of Computer Science, University of York Colin Johnson
Heslington, York. Y010 5DD. United Kingdom. Michael Schroeder and Kostas Stathis
Telephone: +44 1904 432707 Axel Cleeremans and Pawel Lewicki
Fax: +44 1904 432767 Luc Moreau


By Rail

York is on the main East Coast Line from London King's Cross to Edinburgh. Trains leave from both north and south at frequent intervals. There is also a direct service across the Pennines between York, Leeds and Manchester Airport. The University is two miles from the railway station and you will need to get a bus or taxi onto campus, or you can walk, which takes over half an hour.

In the (un)likely event that trains are not coming into York during the convention, if you are coming from the North, it is likely you will get a train to Newcastle and BR will arrange a bus. If you are coming from the South, it is likely you will get a train to Doncaster and again, BR will have a bus to York.

An online rail timetable is available here: Rail Planner.

By Taxi

A journey by taxi from the railway station to the University will take approximately 10 minutes (15-20 in rush hour) and cost 3 or 4 pounds. There is a taxi rank just outside the station.

By Bus

You can reach York by coach from many destinations around the country. National Express have an online coach timetable here: National Express Timetable

The buses from York to the University are the Nos. 4 and 5 from the railway station. The scheduled journey time from the railway station to Heslington is 20 minutes.

By Car

Visitors approaching York from the A64 should turn off at the exit clearly marked University, in order to avoid the City centre. Subsequent turns are also well signposted.

Visitors coming from other directions should either:

Delegates should park in South Campus Park (besides the Exhibition Centre, aka Department of Physics). They must display the hangers with which they will be provided in the registration desk.

Please also see this web page for maps and more information about how to get to the University of York: How to reach York University


The convention timetable is available here: AISB'01 Timetable

A summary of the convention (talks at a glance) is available here: AISB'01 Talks at a Glance

Please also refer to the individual symposia web pages for details of the scheduling of talks in the symposia.


Abstracts for all the talks in the symposia are available as .gif files from here:

AISB'01 Abstracts for Technical Papers

Abstracts for the automated reasoning workshop are available at their web page:

Eighth Automated Reasoning Workshop

Delegate List

Please look over the list of delegates to check that we have your accommodation details correct. If you have registered and your name is not on this list, please contact Eduardo Alonso immediately, because we have not yet received your registration form, and we need your details urgently.

The delegate list is here: AISB'01 Delegates


If you are intending only to attend the automated reasoning workshop, or will be mainly at the convention for this workshop, please register through the workshop web page, as different rates apply. If you intend to mainly attend the other symposia, with possible occasional attendance at the automated reasoning workshop, please read on.

Registration prices are much cheaper if you are a member of SSAISB, so please consider joining SSAISB as there are many other benefits. UK membership of SSAISB currently costs only £25 per year, £15 for UK students (so that students registering for the convention will actually save £5 if they become a member of SSAISB). You can join SSAISB as part of the convention package, through the convention registration page (see below).

The registration prices for the AISB'01 convention are as follows:

SSAISB member not available£100£120
Non-member not available£120£130
SSAISB student member not available£60£70
Non-member student not available£75£80

Early registration has now ended. Registration includes attendance at any talk in any symposium, proceedings for up to three of the symposia, attendance at the invited talks and attendance at a reception on the evening of 21st March (but not the buffet afterwards). This price does not include accommodation or food (except teas and coffees).

Accommodation in James college and lunches on campus are available at the convention, details of which are in the registration form. There is also a buffet on the night of 21st March and a banquet on the night of 23rd March, again with details on the registration form. We recommend the campus accommodation because it is very close to the convention centre and very pleasant. We also hope you attend the meals as these will be very enjoyable events. Accommodation and attendance at the banquet are fairly limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

We are only taking bookings for the banquet and buffet until 8th March.

The AISB'01 registration form is here: Registration Form

Please fill out this form and post it to the address at the top of it. We would also appreciate an email to Eduardo Alonso to confirm that you have registered.

Invited Speakers

We're very pleased to announce that the following experts will be giving invited talks at this year's convention:

Professor Nick Jennings (21st March)
Department of electronics and computer science, Southampton University.
"Automated Haggling: Building Artificial Negotiators" [abstract]

Dr. Lyndon Lee (22nd March)
ISR Intelligent Agent Research, British Telecom.
"Multi-Agent Research at BT" [abstract]

Professor Andrew Jones (23rd March)
Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo.
"On the Concept of Trust" [abstract]

Dr. Christoph Benzmüller (23rd March)
University of Birmingham/Saarland University.
"An Agent Based Approach to Reasoning" [abstract]
Thanks to the Automated Reasoning Workshop for their support in inviting Christoph.

Professor Jim Doran (24th March)
Department of Computer Science, University of Essex.
"Agents and Ecosystem Management: from the Fraser River to Boolean Networks" [abstract]

Dr. Enric Plaza (keynote speaker in the Symposium on Adaptive Agents and Multi-Agent Systems)
Institut d'Investigaci en Intelligencia Artificial, Campus Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Title to be announced.
Thanks to AgentLink for their support in inviting Enric.

The AISB'01 Symposia

Please click on the symposium title to go to the individual web page for that symposium. The two days over which the symposia are to be held are given in brackets after their title.

Eighth Workshop on Automated Reasoning (22nd-23rd March)

Keywords: theorem proving in classical and non-classical logics, equational reasoning, unification, induction, logic programming, functional programming, constraint solving, formal methods for specifying, transforming and verifying systems (in particular safety-critical systems), non-monotonic reasoning, abduction logic-based knowledge representation (in particular description logics).

Symposium on Adaptive Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (22nd-23rd March)

Keywords: learning and adaptation in multi-agent systems, evolutionary agents and emergent multi-agent structures, learning from interaction with humans, learning by observation, imitation and cooperation, practical applications of learning agents, agent learning and cognition, distributed learning.

Symposium on AI and Creativity in Arts and Science (23rd-24th March)

Keywords: cognitive musicology and intelligent music systems, computer-based visual art, creative language (especially humour and stories), scientific creativity, methodologies for study and/or simulation of creative behaviour, art works of all kinds whose creation involves computational creativity.

Symposium on Emotion, Cognition, and Affective Computing (23rd-24th March)

Keywords: the use of emotions in human-computer interaction, emotions in computer-mediated communication, emotional models in computing, studying human emotion though computers.

Symposium on Information Agents for E-Commerce (22nd-23rd March)

Keywords: adaptivity/personalisation, architectures, auctions, data mining, document management, economics, information integration, information trading, information dissemination, negotiation, supply chain, trust, privacy and security issues, user interface design issues, visualisation issues, practical applications.

Symposium on Nonconscious Intelligence: From Natural To Artificial (22nd-23rd March)

Keywords: implicit learning in humans and artificial agents, nonconscious information processing, implicit versus explicit learning, computational models of implicit learning, AI systems with nonconscious processing capabilities, social aspects of nonconscious information processing, nonconscious cognition in multi-agent societies, implicit negotiation, nonconscious facets of representation and inference, nonconscious facets of natural language understanding.

Symposium on Software Mobility and Adaptive Behaviour (23rd-24th March)

Keywords: software mobility in evolutionary and self-organising systems, ants, mobile agents and mobile code, active networks.


Proceedings for individual symposia will be available during the convention. AISB will publish the proceedings after the convention.

The ISBN numbers for the proceedings are as follows:


If you have any questions about the AISB'01 convention, please contact the convention chair, Simon Colton:

If you have any questions about the local arrangements, please contact the local arrangements chair, Eduardo Alonso:

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