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The Ninth International Conference
on the Application of Artificial Intelligence to
Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
St. Julians, Malta
18-21 September 2007
Final Call-for-Participation
Introduction
This is the ninth in the CIVIL-COMP series of conferences concerned with the application of artificial intelligence to civil, structural and environmental engineering. The first Civil-Comp Conference was held in 1983. The conference will provide a forum for the presentation and dissemination of recent developments in the use of computers in civil, structural and environmental engineering. A major objective of the conference will be to link research and innovative ideas to engineering practice.

Short to medium length papers describing the application of artificial intelligence to civil, structural and environmental engineering projects will be particularly welcome. In addition, it is hoped that significant research and review papers on civil, structural and environmental engineering computational research topics will be presented.

The conference runs concurrently with the The Eleventh International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing. Participants may attend sessions from either conference.

Themes
The range of topics considered by the Conference will include: AI programming languages and systems tools - object-oriented programming - fuzzy logic - knowledge elicitation - knowledge representation - interfacing techniques - pattern recognition - intelligent databases - natural language processing - machine learning - reasoning under uncertainty - heuristic procedures - distributed architectures - genetic algorithms - risk analysis - neural networks - integration of KBS and hypermedia - case based design and reasoning - agent technologies - agent-based design - neural networks - reasoning - integrated design - conflict management - soft computing - virtual reality - decision support systems - java programming - barriers to the introduction of Knowledge Based Systems and Artificial Intelligence to Practice - Information needs of designers - Immune Systems - Swarm Intelligence.

Typical areas of application in civil and structural engineering include: computer aided design - structural analysis and design - earthquake engineering - structural control: active and passive devices - civil engineering and construction management and project control - building engineering and design - intelligent and responsive structures - design codes and standards processing - constructability - design construction integration - integration with mathematical programming - geotechnical engineering: analysis and design - integrated engineering systems - multiple model representation - earthquake engineering - optimization - diagnosis - quality control and assessment - information systems - environmental engineering - cost estimating - quantity surveying - construction planning - data analysis - transport and traffic engineering - surveying - intelligent computer assisted learning - graphics - collaborative and concurrent engineering or design - education.

Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. Papers may be submitted directly to the Conference Editor or via the special session organisers if you wish to participate in their session. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date. Please also notice the important dates.
  • Neural networks and genetic Algorithms in Civil & Structural Engineering,
    organised by Professor B.H.V. Topping
Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including ten to sixteen papers and an optional special lecture are welcome. Please complete the following session proposal form and send it to the conference editor at the address below.

Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Chairmen is Professor Barry H.V. Topping (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary).

The members of the editorial board for this conference are: Dr M. Abe, Japan; Assoc Prof. R. Amor, New Zealand; Prof. C.J. Anumba, UK; Prof. G. Aouad, UK; Prof. T. Arciszewski, USA Dr A. Bahreininejad, Iran; Dr. J. Bai, Wales; Dr K.A . Bani-Hani, Jordan; Prof. T. Burczynski, Poland; Prof. F. Casciati, Italy; Prof. W.T. Chan, Singapore; Dr K.W. Chau, Hong Kong; Prof. S. Christodoulou, Cyprus; Dr I.E.G. Davey-Wilson, UK; Prof. W.P.S. Dias, Sri Lanka; Dr. I. Faraj, UK; Prof. M. de Fatima Farinha, Portugal; Prof. I. Flood, USA Dr R. Fruchter, USA Prof. H. Furuta, Japan; Prof. J.S. Gero, Australia; Prof. A.T.C. Goh, Singapore; Prof. D.-S. Hsu, Taiwan; Prof. B Knight, UK; Prof. B. Kumar, UK; Prof. K.H. Law, USA Prof. T.J. McCarthy, Australia; Prof. J.C. Miles, UK; Associate Prof. S.T. Ng, Hong Kong; Dr M.Y. Rafiq, UK; Dr B. Raphael, Singapore; Prof. I.S.M. Rowlinson, Hong Kong; Prof. R.J. Scherer, Germany; Prof. M.J. Skibniewski, USA Prof. I.F.C. Smith, Switzerland; Prof. G. E. Stavroulakis, Greece; Prof. C.A. Syrmakezis, Greece; Dr W. Tizani, UK; Prof. C.P. Tsai, Taiwan; Prof. Z. Turk, Slovenia; Prof. P.C.G. da S. Vellasco, Brazil;

Invited Lectures
A list of the invited plenary and special lectures is available from this page.
Conference Proceedings
The conference proceedings (camera ready format) which will be available on the first day of the conference will be published by Civil-Comp Press. A selection of papers will be published in special issues of Computers & Structures and Advances in Engineering Software. The procedure for submitting papers for these journal special issues will be available at the conference. (Only papers presented at the conference are eligible for special issue publication.)
Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is Hotel Le Méridien St. Julians, 39 Main Street, Balluta Bay, St Julians STJ 15, Malta. This 5-star hotel is situated in the grounds of a 19th Century Maltese Villa on the seafront of the picturesque Balluta Bay. It is located 200 metres from the centre of St Julians, you are within walking distances of authentic cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs and the main shopping area of Sliema. Malta's capital, Valletta, is just 8km away and the hotel is on the main bus route to the city. Malta International Airport is 12 km from the hotel.

All presentations, lunches and coffees will be at this location. For information on how to get to the venue, click here.

Accommodation
Accommodation is available at Le Méridien St. Julians. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel. Special conference rates have been negotiated with the hotel if you use the special rate booking form available from this page. September is high season in Malta. Many hotels are overbooked during this period, it is therefore vital that you book your hotel room as soon as possible in 2007. You may also book your accommodation directly with your travel agent, in the conference hotel or any other hotel in St. Julians.
Visas
Please check with your travel agent or the Maltese embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter Malta. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time.

With the current international situation it is difficult for many countries to issue visas without undertaking a lengthy process. In the case of Malta, we understand that you may require a letter of invitation from a Maltese organisation. This is usually provided by the Hotel that you will be staying in. If you are staying in Hotel Le Méridien St. Julians, please send your request for a visa invitation letter directly to the Hotel for the attention of Michael Grima. Please state in your request your full name, address and passport number. Also you will need to provide your hotel booking confirmation. Visa invitation letters will only be issued to participants with confirmed hotel bookings.