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A Look Back

Introductions:

eunite2004 - the European Symposium on Intelligent Technologies, Hybrid Systems and their implementation on Smart Adaptive Systems took place from 10 – 12 June 2004 in Aachen, Germany. It was the fourth symposium organised by the European Network of Excellence EUNITE with 106 participants in total.

The symposiums' aim was to show new developments in the so called Intelligent Technologies: fuzzy logic, neural networks, evolutionary computation and machine learning. The focus was on hybrid systems that combine two or more of these technologies and/or address issues on adaptivity, preferably with special interest to solve industrial problems. One objective was also to investigate Adaptive Intelligent Systems: systems that coordinate perception, reasoning, and action to pursue multiple goals while functioning autonomously in dynamic environments.

92 papers were submitted to eunite2004 and 16 authors were invited to present a paper during the symposium. After the papers were reviewed by the chairpersons of the different EUNITE committees, 10 had to be rejected. The remaining 82 papers were presented in 22 parallel sessions.

The Programme

In the Opening Session on 10 June at 10:00 h, the EUNITE co-ordinator Professor Kauko Leiviskä from the University of Oulu in Finland gave his welcome to the 106 participants and introduced them to the symposium.

He was followed by Prof. Paulo Lisboa, University of Liverpool, U.K. who had a talk about Automation, Biometric and Clinical Systems – How Safe are Neural Networks.

The next speaker, Prof. Andreas Nürnberger, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany gave a lecture about Supporting Users in Searching: Adaptive Methods in Information Retrieval Interfaces.

Finally, the last years winner of the Best Paper at eunite2003, Mr. Christian Döring, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany presented the Classification of Surface Form Deviations for Quality Analysis.

The following days were filled with up to three parallel sessions in the areas of Smart Adaptive Systems; Human, Medical and Healthcare; Finance, Trade and Services; Multimedia Ontologies for Adaptive Querying; Performance Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis and Training and Education.

Furthermore, special workshops on Hybrid Methods for Adaptive Systems; Emotionally Rich Man-Machine Intelligent Systems and the EUNITE Competition took place to continue and finalize their work during the last year of EUNITE.

General Assembly Meeting

General Assembly Meeting

The meeting was attended by 67 people. The Steering Committee was represented by its co-ordinator, Kauko Leiviskä who gave an overview of the programme in the General Assembly and presented the EUNITE Management Summary for the project period from 2001 – 2004.

He had a look back at the passed symposia of EUNITE and gave some figures about the member structure and introduced some important conclusions like the Roadmap, Task Force Results and some other publications.

Furthermore, the authors who won the Special Medical Award have been announced and the winners are:

1. “Fuzzy Cluster and Rule Based Analysis of the System Dynamics of a Bioartificial 3D Human Liver Cell Bioreactor for Liver Support Therapy” by Michael Pfaff, S. Toepfer , D. Woetzel , D. Driesch , K. Zeilinger , G. Pless , P. Neuhaus , J.C. Gerlach , W. Schmidt-Heck and R. Guthke

2. “ Smart Textiles for Medical Purposes” by Lieva van Langenhove and Carla Hertleer

3. “ Evolutinoary Neural Logic Networks in Two Medical Decision Tasks” by Athanasios D. Tsakonas and Georgios Dounias

4. “ Building Diverse Neural Ensembles for Bioinformatics Applications” by George D. Magoulas



The introduction was followed by a presentation from Dr. Katharina Lankers, Schott Glas, Germany about the Experiences and Results of the Competition Working Team.

With focus to the part of the project about Smart Adaptive Systems, Dr. Jon Garibaldi from the University of Nottingham, U.K. gave a talk about the Perspectives of Smart Adaptive Systems based on the achievements of the SAS Committee within the EUNITE project.

In addition to this summary, Mr. David Pelta from the University of Granada, Spain gave a talk about the results of the EUNITE Task Force Bringing Smart Adaptive Systems to the Optimisation Area.

The Status of FP6 within FET Projects was the final topic of the General Assembly and Mr. Pekka Karp, the Project Officer from the European Community in Brussels, informed the audience about the future IST work programmes, their budget frames, the initiatives within FP 6 and finally the preparation of the 7th EU Framework Programme.

If you are interested in the proceedings of the conference you can order the booklet, including a CD Rom with all full papers at the Service Centre.

To get an impression about the whole symposium, please have a look at the pictures which can be downloaded from our web site.

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