EMCSR 2004

April 13 - 16, 2004
University of Vienna

organized by the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
in cooperation with
Dept.of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, Univ.of Vienna
International Federation for Systems Research

The international support of the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research held in Austria in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998. 2000 and 2002 (when 500 scientists from more than 40 countries from all continents, except the Antarctica, met to present, hear and discuss 192 papers) encouraged the Council of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies (ÖSGK) to organize a similar meeting in 2004 to keep pace with continued rapid developments in related fields.


A Systems Science
G.J. Klir, USA, and P. Prantsch, Czech Republic
B Mathematical Methods in Cybernetics and Systems Theory
Y. Rav, France
C Cybernetics, Interaction and Conversation
R. Glanville, UK
D Designing, Systems and Their Ethics
W. Gasparski, Poland
E Biocybernetics and Mathematical Biology
L.M. Ricciardi, Italy
F Systems Science in Medicine
F. Tretter, Germany, G. Ossimitz, Austria, and G. Porenta, Austria
G Cultural Systems
M. Fischer, UK and D. Read, USA
H Cognitive Rationality, Relativity and Clarity
P. Ballonoff, USA, and I. Ezhkova, Belgium
I Management, Organizational Change and Innovation
M. Mulej, Slovenia
J Paradigm Changes Due to Component-Based System Development
G. Chroust, Austria, and C. Hoyer, Austria
K Soft Computing and Knowledge-Based Systems
C.Carlsson, Finland, and K.-P.Adlaßnig, Austria
L Artificial Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems
G.Dorffner, Austria
M AT2AI-4: From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation (see symposium page for submission deadline!)
J.P.Müller, Germany, and P.Petta, Austria
N ACE 2004: Affective Computational Entities (see symposium page for submission deadline!)
C. Pinto-Ferreira, Portugal, R. Ventura, Portugal, and P. Petta, Austria
O Theory and Applications of Artificial Intelligence
V. Marik, Czech Republic, and E. Buchberger, Austria
P Computer Control and Robot Systems
A. Weinmann, Austria
Q Communication and Computers
A M. Tjoa, Austria
R History of Cybernetics, Information Technology and Systems Research
F. Pichler, Austria

Submission Guidelines

Acceptance of contributions will be determined on the basis of Draft Final Papers. Each paper must explain clearly Draft Final Papers must not exceed 10 single-spaced A4 pages (maximum 43 lines, max. line length 160 mm, 12 point), in English. They have to contain the final text to be submitted, including graphs and pictures. However, these need not be of reproducible quality.

They must carry the title, author(s) name(s), and affiliation (incl. e-mail address, if possible) in this order, and must include an abstract.

Please specify the symposium in which you would like to present your paper. Each scientist shall submit only one paper. Please send four hard copies of the Draft Final Paper to the Conference Secretariat (not to symposia chairpersons!) Electronic or fax submissions cannot be accepted.

Deadline for submission

October 24, 2003

Submissions received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection

Authors will be notified about acceptance or rejection no later than December 12, 2003. Successful authors will be provided by the conference secretariat at the same time with the instructions for the preparation of the final paper, which will also be available via ftp and World-Wide Web.

Final Papers

The final paper will be limited to a maximum of 6 pages (10-point, double column). Camera-ready copies of the final paper will be due at the conference secretariat by January 30, 2004. Acceptance of the final paper will be based on compliance with the reviewers' comments.

Formatting Instructions

The EMCSR'2004 Proceedings will be printed using the photo-offset print process directly from camera-ready copy furnished by the authors. To ensure that all papers in the proceedings have a uniform appearance, authors are asked to adhere to the instructions to be found here. Formatting is identical to the one used for EMCSR'2002.

For LaTeX users, the following files are available for downloading:

Formatting instructions in LaTeX format [18k]
LaTeX style file [14k]
Bibliography style [24k]

MS-Word users may want to download

MS Word formatting instructions and style file [32k]
Authors using other text formatting systems are asked to download and print one of the files
Formatting instructions in Postscript format [200k]
Formatting instructions in PDF format [117k]
and follow the guidelines given therein (NB. the format of these files conforms to the required formatting standard, so the printout may be used to check the layout of your paper).


It is understood that each accepted paper is presented personally at the Meeting by one of its authors.

Conference Fee

The Conference Fee includes participation in the Seventeenth European Meeting, attendance at official receptions, coffee during breaks, and the volumes of the proceedings available at the Meeting. Please send cheque, or transfer the amount (free of charges for beneficiary) to the account no. 0026-34400/00 of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies at Bank Austria Creditanstalt, Vienna (bank routing number: 12000, IBAN: AT11 1100 0002 6344 0000). Please state your name clearly.

Hotel Accommodation

will be handled by

Friedrichstraße 7
A-1010 Vienna
phone +43-1-58800-514
fax +43-1-58800-520.
You can use Austropa's secure online hotel reservation form for your booking.


The International Federation for Systems Research is willing to provide a limited number of scholarships covering the registration fee for the conference for colleagues from weak currency countries. Applications should be sent to the Conference Secretariat before October 24, 2003.


The conference organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries, or for loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants, either during or as a result of the conference. Please check the validity of your personal insurance.

Chairman of the Meeting

Robert Trappl, President
Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies


I. Ghobrial-Willmann and U. Schulz
Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies

A-1010 Vienna 1, Freyung 6/6 (Austria)
Phone: +43-1-5336112-60
Fax: +43-1-4277-9631
E-mail: sec@oefai.at

Programme Committee

K.-P. Adlaßnig (Austria)M. Mulej (Slovenia)
P. Ballonoff (USA)J. P. Müller (Germany)
B. A. Banathy (USA)G. Ossimitz (Austria)
E. Buchberger (Austria)P. Petta (Austria)
C. Carlsson (Finland)F. Pichler (Austria)
G. Chroust (Austria)C. Pinto-Ferreira (Portugal)
G. Dorffner (Austria)G. Porenta (Austria)
I. Ezhkova (Belgium)Y. Rav (France)
M. Fischer (UK)D. Read (USA)
W. Gasparski (Poland)L. M. Ricciardi (Italy)
R. Glanville (UK)N. Rozsenich (Austria)
W. Horn (Austria)A M. Tjoa (Austria)
C. Hoyer (Austria)R. Trappl (Austria)
G. J. Klir (USA)F. Tretter (Germany)
O. Ladanyi (Austria)S. A. Umpleby (USA)
V. Marik (Czech Republic)R. Ventura (Portugal)
A. Weinmann (Austria)

Organizing Committee

E. BuchbergerJ. Matiasek
G. ChroustP. Petta
I. Ghobrial-WillmannU. Schulz
C. HolzbaurR. Trappl
W. HornH. Trost

Online Registration