Call for papers




Special Session


Natural Computing in

Infrastructure Engineering and Management



3rd Indian International Conference on

Artificial Intelligence

IICAI - 07

December 2007






Session Chair

Sudhirkumar Barai PhD



Session Objectives


Natural computing is inspired by natural processes for the solution of problems that are resistant to traditional methods. Natural Computing includes Neural networks, Evolutionary algorithms, Molecular computing, Quantum computing, Cellular Computing, DNA computing and other computing techniques. Natural computing has become broad, with contributions from researchers in mathematics, physics, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, biology, psychology, cognitive science and various engineering disciplines. Natural Computing has been successfully applied in the various fields of Infrastructure Engineering and Management. The proposed session invites papers related to natural computing applications in Infrastructure engineering and Management. Papers highlighting new, unusual and hybrid approaches are particularly encouraged.


The natural computing application topics are:


         Structural engineering - Structural analysis, design, diagnostics and control problems, Structural health monitoring, Structural material behavior modeling etc.

         Geo-technical engineering- Liquefaction potential assessment, Slope stability, Piles design, etc.

         Transportation engineering - Bridge management systems, Pavement management systems Pavement behavior models, Intelligent transport systems, Railways maintenance etc.

         Construction automation- Automated inspection, Risk analysis and decision making, Supply chain management, Construction process reengineering, Procurement management, Environment management, and Safety management etc.

         Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems, Remote Sensing etc.

The topics are not exhaustive and submissions of the paper, which falls within the session theme, may be considered.


Important Dates


         April 2, 2007  Draft papers due

         May 18, 2007 - Notification of acceptance

         June 25, 2007 - Camera ready papers and pre-registration due

         December 2007 Special Session at IICAI-07


Review Process


The papers will go through the review process to maintain high standard. Each paper will have at least two independent reviews, which have to meet scientific standards.


Paper Submission


Authors are encouraged to submit the papers for the session. The papers can be submitted as an email attachment to Session Chair. The papers should be in WORD, PDF, or PS format and should be formatted according to the Springer Lecture Notes instructions. The length of a paper should not exceed 15 pages. The first page of the paper should contain the title, name(s) of the authors, affiliations, the postal and email addresses, and at least 3 keywords appropriate to the content of the paper. Further information regarding the paper submission can be obtained from the session chair or access the conference website


Paper Publication

All Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings of the IICAI-07, under the title of the session. A few selected papers of exceptional quality will be nominated for consideration for possible publication in the leading journals. The conference papers would have to be revised and enhanced in quality for consideration for publication in these journals.




There will be a best paper award of IICAI-07. The program committee members will take part in deciding the best paper. The award includes a cash prize (in USA dollars) and a certificate. In addition, the author(s) of the best paper will be invited to take part in the next IICAI conference and their picture will be posted in the conference website (if they agree). The purpose of the award is to recognize, encourage, and promote high quality research work.

Session Chair Contact Address


Sudhirkumar Barai PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Kharagpur 721 302 India



Phone: 91-3222-283408

FAX: 91-3222-282254