AIMEThe European Society for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME), was established in 1986 with two main goals:
A major activity of this society has been a series of international conferences held biennially over the last 18 years: Marseilles, France (1987), London, UK (1989), Maastricht, Netherlands (1991), Munich, Germany (1993), Pavia, Italy (1995), Grenoble, France (1997) Aalborg, Denmark (1999), Cascais, Portugal (2001), Protaras, Cyprus (2003).
Aberdeen is proud to be hosting AIME 05, the tenth conference in the series, which will be a unique opportunity to present and improve the international state of the art of AI in Medicine from both a research and an applications perspective. For this purpose, AIME 05 will include invited lectures, contributed full and short papers, system demonstrations, tutorials, and workshops.
AberdeenThe University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the fifth oldest in the UK. Aberdeen is an international university built on serving one of the most dynamic regions of Europe. With over 13,000 students, and over 3000 staff, we are at the forefront of teaching and research in medicine, the humanities and sciences.
The city of Aberdeen has something for everyone. Its rich cultural heritage combines with a thriving contemporary community and a strong economic pulse, to make the "Granite City" a lively and rewarding place in which to live and study. Nestling on the coast at the confluence of the rivers Dee and Don, it is a compact city with a population of 216,000. Renowned for its splendid granite architecture, it sparkles like a jewel on the edge of the North Sea, bordered by cultivated farmland, wild moors, beautiful beaches and rugged hills. Aberdeen is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, welcoming business people and their families from throughout the world. Its buoyant economy is the result of diverse commercial activities - including trading, tourism, farming and fishing - which sustain a high quality of lifestyle. More recently, it has become the hub of the world's offshore energy network and is the off-shore oil capital of Europe.
Conference FacilitiesAIME05 will be held in the King's Conference Centre, which can seat 150 delegates. It is located in the original University Library and boasts beautiful stained glass windows and barrel vaulted ceilings. Delegates have their own individual desks with built-in microphone. The desks are arranged in a semi-circle so that informal discussion is easier. The facilities are so good, that when the Scottish Parliament had to be relocated temporarily, the King's Conference Centre was chosen to accommodate it.
Ourside the conference chamber is a large hall which will be used for poster sesions (and for tea and coffee breaks). Also within the centre are a number of smaller rooms which will be used for workshops and tutorials. Lunch will be provided 50m away in the impressive Elphinstone Hall.
Reception and Conference DinnerThe welcome reception will be different! On the evening of Sunday 24th, you are invited to a ceilidh in Elphinstone Hall. What is a ceilidh (I hear you ask)? A ceilidh (pronounced cay-ley) is an evening of Scottish entertainment with a band and dancing (for everyone!). Don't worry if you don't know the dances - there will be someone to tell you what to do and a number of locals (i.e. Jim's friends) drafted in for the evening to show you. Also note that although we will be starting at about 7.30, there will be plenty of time for latecomers to come along, so even if your flight is not scheduled to arrive until the evening you should still be able to make it.
The Conference Dinner will be held in the centre of Aberdeen on Tuesday 26th. We will be the guests of the City of Aberdeen in the Town and County Hall of the Town House.
Note that the costs of both the reception and the dinner are included in your registration fee.
AccommodationThe main accommodation will be provided in King's Hall (the University guesthouse) which has 43 single rooms and 22 twin rooms, all en-suite. Further en-suite accommodation is available in 76 rooms in the student residences which are on the same site. There will also be less expensive rooms in the residences with shared facilities. All of this accommodation is less than five minutes walk from the Conference Centre.
For those who wish to stay in a hotel, plenty of opportunities exist in the town centre.
TravelScheduled flights to and from Aberdeen offer a very comprehensive domestic network including all 3 London Airports with an approximate flying time of 1.5 hours. Domestic (UK) flights are also available from Newcaslte, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Humberside, Leeds, Bradford, Norwich, Southampton and Teeside, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall, Wick and the Shetland Isles. If you are coming from outside the UK, flights are available from Schiphol Airport, Bergen, Copenhagen, Esbjerg, Frankfurt, Oslo, Paris and Stavanger. Aberdeen airport is located at Dyce, about 7 miles from the centre of Aberdeen. It is recommended that you take a taxi from the airport to the University; this costs £10 and takes about 20 minutes. There are airport buses to the city centre but these don't come near the University.
Aberdeen also benefits from excellent rail links to all major cities in the UK including 9 daily services to London, 6 of these being direct with a travelling time of 7.5 hours.
The city is easily accessible by the road network linking Scottish cities to the UK motorway system. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive to Edinburgh and 3 hours to Glasgow.
Silvia Miksch, Vienna, Austria (Programme Chair)
Jim Hunter, Aberdeen, United Kingdom (Local Chair)