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History : ACIDCA'2000 in Tunisia

The International Conference on A rtificial & C omputational I ntelligence for D ecision, C ontrol and A utomation in Engineering and Industrial Applications – ACIDCA'2000 http://www.ieee.si/r8-conf.html was held from March 22 through 24, 2000, at Kuriat Palace, Monastir, Tunisia. It was organized by the University of Sfax (Tunisia) under the auspices of:

  • IEEE Region 8

  • Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education

  • Tunisian Ministry of Tourism, Leisure and Handicrafts

  • Tunisian Ministry of Communications

  • Tunisian State Secretary of Scientific Research and Technology

  • Tunisian Association of Innovation and Technology

  • Tunisian Scientific Society

The idea of organizing a conference of such great magnitude came to us as a dream – a dream that has gradually matured into reality. At the outset, the organizers concern was to expose researchers to the works and findings of well established specialists in the area of artificial and computational intelligence. With time, however, they felt a particular need to bring two different communities together: the world of industry and that of academia. The rapprochement has to be effected on the basis of mutual interest. For that matter, it is thought that the exhibition and the conference sessions should be held concurrently, signaling thus the possibility of a close collaboration between the industrialist and the researcher.

Preparations at ACIDCA'2000 started back in 1998 and ever since that date many young and dynamic researchers have spent day in, day out, for months beforehand, master-minding and giving substance to the present event. Their collaborative efforts and teamwork were admirable. ACIDCA'2000 have received over three hundred submissions, from 36 different countries representing the four continents: Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Syria, Sweden, The Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tunisia, UK, USA, Uruguay, Yugoslavia. All these contributions were characterized by a high scientific quality. Each paper was reviewed by at least three members of the program committee that consisted of more than 150 scientists from more than 20 countries. Only 215 papers were accepted. ACIDCA'2000 was well attended, with a total of 302 registered attendees, of which 30% were students, and 65% were from outside Tunisia. The five largest groups of foreign attendees were from France, USA, Japan, Germany and Spain.

Technical Program

ACIDCA'2000 has consisted of a workshop, two tutorials, two plenary lectures, 20 keynote lectures, 2 special sessions and 57 contributory sessions. ACIDCA'2000 was organized on 7 thematic sessions covering different aspects of theory, implementation and applications of artificial and computational techniques: intelligent methods, methods & heuristics for decision making, software engineering, corpora & natural language processing, systems analysis & automatic control, engineering and industrial applications, vision & pattern recognition.

Workshop 1. " Linguistic Analysis, Automatic Processing and Optic Recognition of Arabic " by T. Paquet (France) and J. Dichy (France)

Tutorial 1. " ISO/IEC 12207 ", by R. Singh (USA)

Tutorial 2. " Multi-Objective Programming and Information Technologies: State of Art and Prospects " , by B. Aouni (Canada)

Plenary Lecture 1. " From Computing with Numbers to Computing with Words From Manipulation of Measurements to Manipulation of Perceptions ", by L.A. Zadeh (USA)

Plenary Lecture 2. " Text mining and knowledge management ", by J.G. Meunier (Canada)

Keynote Lecture 1. " Control, Optimization, and Smart Structures ", by H. Adeli (USA)

Keynote Lecture 2. " QUANT/1: A System for Automatic Theorem Proving ", by S.N. Vassilyev (Russia)

Keynote Lecture 3. " Modern Knowledge Modeling Techniques ", by V . Devedzic (Yugoslavia)

Keynote Lecture 4. " Some Applications of Artificial Intelligence Approaches in Wind Power Generation. (Permanent Magnet Generator Design for Gear-less Wind Turbines and Security Assessment of Networks including Wind Farms) ", by J. A. Tegopoulos (Greece)

Keynote Lecture 5. " New Direction for MEMS Design Methodology ", by C. Dufaza (France)

Keynote Lecture 6. " Systems on Chips: Design Challenges ", by I. Bennour (Tunisia)

Keynote Lecture 7. " Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology for Modern Transport Systems ", by A. Elantably (USA)

Keynote Lecture 8. " TF-Motors in Electric Propulsion Systems, Status and Outlook ", by A. Masmoudi (Tunisia)

Keynote Lecture 9. " Intelligent Supervision and Diagnosis for Complex Processes ", by J. Aguilar-Martin (France)

Keynote Lecture 10. " On the Optimal Control Approaches of Nonlinear Systems ", N. Derbel (Tunisia)

Keynote Lecture 11. " From Program Languages to Software Languages ", by P. Pepper (Germany)

Keynote Lecture 12. " Modeling the Fault Tolerant Capability of a Flight Control System: An Exercise in SCR Specification ", by A. Mili (USA)

Keynote Lecture 13. " Formal Concept Analysis in Real Databases : Application in Information Engineering ", by A. Jaoua (Saudi Arabia)

Keynote Lecture 14. " Theory of Invariant and its applications image analysis ", by F. Ghorbel (Tunisia)

Keynote Lecture 15. " Exploring the Human Handwriting Process ", by F. Bouslama (Japan)

Keynote Lecture 16. " How to Choose an Appropriate MCDA Method ", by J. M. Martel (Canada)

Keynote Lecture 17. " DEA and Multicriteria Analysis " , by F. Ben Abdelaziz , M. Dia and Y. Gadhoum (Tunisia)

Keynote Lecture 18. " Handling texts and corpuses in Ariane-G5, a complete environment for multilingual MT ", by Ch. Boitet (France)

Keynote Lecture 19. " Automatic Extraction of information from textual data ", by J.-P. Descles (France)

Keynote Lecture 20. " An Extended Boolean Algebra for PPC3 ", by P.A.M Seuren (The Netherlands)

Special Session 1. " IEEE Section in Tunisia ", by B. Zajc (Slovenia)

Special Session 2. " The Software Engineering Research Center: A forum for international cooperation in software engineering research' ' by A. Mili (USA)

Exhibits

A total of 20 exhibitors participated in the conference exhibition, 80 % of them were Tunisians. The exhibition area was managed in a high-traffic area of the hotel and was certainly well attended by all the participants. Special thanks to McGraw-Hill and Morgan Kaufmann for their latest textbooks that were of high relevance to the conference attendees.

Social Events

The ACIDCA'2000 organizers arranged several events to make the attendees get distracted. Monastir Governor offered the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening. The Banquet was held on Thursday evening and the Closing Reception on Friday. In addition, a visit to Kairouan (a beautiful historical city) was held on Thursday morning for spouses, children and friends of conference attendees.

Awards

The ACIDCA'2000 awards recipients were:

· The Intelligent Methods Award: Professor Lotfi A. Zadeh (USA) for his paper " From Computing with Numbers to Computing with Words From Manipulation of Measurements to Manipulation of Perceptions "

· The Methods & Heuristics for Decision Making Award: Professor P.A.M. Seuren (The Netherlands) for his paper " An Extended Boolean Algebra for PPC3 "

· The Software Engineering Award: Professor R. Singh (USA) for his paper " A Systematic Approach to Software Safety "

· The Engineering & Industrial Applications Award: Professor J. A. Tegopoulos (Greece) for his paper " Some Applications of Artificial Intelligence Approaches in Wind Power Generation. (Permanent Magnet Generator Design for Gear-less Wind Turbines and Security Assessment of Networks including Wind Farms) "

· The Systems Analysis & Automatic Control Award: Professor J. Aguilar-Martin (France) for his paper " Intelligent Supervision and Diagnosis for Complex Processes "

· The Vision & Pattern Recognition Award: Professor Mohamed Ben Rejeb (Tunisia) for his paper " Studying and Modeling Handwriting Process "

Proceedings

Printed copies of the conference proceedings are available from ACIDCA'2000 Secretariat, Professor Adel M. Alimi, Centre Postal Maghreb Arabe, BP 120, 3049 Sfax, Tunisia. They may be ordered by email< adel.alimi@ieee.org >

Thanks

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to my colleague and general co-chair Professor Lamia H. Belguith who spent his health for ACIDCA'2000, and to the honorary chair Professor Lotfi A. Zadeh who supported the conference project since the first steps. My thanks and gratitude are also due to all the invited persons, the program chairs and members of the program committee for their dedication and the additional reviewers for their substantial reviews. Special thanks must also be offered to all those in the organizing committee for their precious input and constant determination to make this event a great success.

Last but not least, I would like to extend my feelings of gratitude to all those who have contributed financially and morally to organize, implement, and take part in ACIDCA'2000. Without their whole-hearted commitment and encouragement this event would not have been possible.

The Organizing Committee has received congratulations from the participants for successfully organizing such a conference and exhibition. The various delegates left with a good impression of the high scientific and professional level of the conference, as well as the traditional hospitality of the Tunisian people.

Adel M. Alimi

ACIDCA'2000 General chairman

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