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5th International Conference On Enterprise Information Systems 
École Supérieure d' Électronique de l' Ouest - Angers - France - 23-26 April, 2003

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École Supérieure d' Électronique de l' Ouest
École Supérieure
d' Électronique de
l' Ouest

Escola Superior de Tecnologia
Departamento de Sistemas 
e Informática
Escola Superior de 
Tecnologia de Setúbal 

 Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal


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ICEIS 2003 will be organised and hosted by ESEO - L' École Superieur d' Électronique de l' Ouest - Angers (France), in collaboration with EST - Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal (Portugal).


The purpose of the 5th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the advances and business applications of information systems. Four simultaneous tracks will be held, covering different aspects of Enterprise Information Systems Applications, including Enterprise Database Technology, Systems Integration, Artificial Intelligence, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Analysis and Specification, Internet Computing and Electronic Commerce. Human factors issues in the development of these applications are also considered.

ICEIS focuses on real world applications; therefore authors should highlight the benefits of Information Technology for industry and services. Ideas on how to solve business problems, using IT, will arise from the conference. Papers describing advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions are also encouraged. Papers describing original work are invited in any of the areas listed below. Accepted papers, presented at the conference by one of the authors, will be published in the Proceedings of ICEIS. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality. Both full research reports and work-in-progress reports are welcome. There will be both oral and poster sessions. 

Special sessions, dedicated to case-studies and commercial presentations, as well as tutorials dedicated to technical/scientific topics are also envisaged: companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies or researchers interested in holding a tutorial are invited to contact the conference secretariat. Information concerning the previous ICEIS editions (ICEIS'99, ICEIS 2000, ICEIS 2001, ICEIS 2002) can be found at,  and



Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:

1. Databases and Information Systems Integration 
2. Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems 
3. Information Systems Analysis and Specification 
Software Agents and Internet Computing


AREA 1: Databases and Information Systems Integration 

  • Coupling and Integrating Heterogeneous Data Sources 
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Middleware Integration 
  • Legacy Systems 
  • Organisational Issues on Systems Integration 
  • Distributed Database Applications
  • Object-Oriented Database Systems 
  • Enterprise-Wide Client-Server Architecture 
  • Database Security and Transaction Support 
  • Data Warehouses 
  • Multimedia Database Applications 
  • Web Databases 
  • Mobile Databases
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Validation and Verification
  • Software Measurement

AREA 2: Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems 

  • Intelligent Agents 
  • Industrial Applications of Artificial Intelligence 
  • Strategic Decision Support Systems 
  • Group Decision Support Systems 
  • Applications of Expert Systems 
  • Advanced Applications of Fuzzy Logic 
  • Advanced Applications of Neural Network 
  • Natural Language Interfaces to Intelligent Systems 
  • Bayesian Networks 
  • Evolutionary Programming  
  • Coordination in Multi-Agent Systems 
  • Intelligent Social Agents and Distributed Artificial Intelligence Applications 
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems 
  • Datamining
  • Case-Based Reasoning Systems
  • Verification and Validation of Knowledge-based Systems
  • Knowledge Management

AREA 3: Information Systems Analysis and Specification 

  • Systems Engineering Methodologies 
  • Information Engineering Methodologies 
  • Organisational Semiotics 
  • Semiotics in Computing 
  • Requirements Analysis 
  • Ontology Engineering 
  • Modelling Formalisms, Languages, and Notations (e.g. UML, ER variants) 
  • CASE Tools for System Development 
  • Modelling of Distributed Systems 
  • Modelling Concepts and Information Integration Tools 
  • Groupware and CSCW Systems Specification 
  • Business Processes Re-engineering
  • Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems
  • Security, Freedom and Privacy

AREA 4: Software Agents and Internet Computing 

  • B2B and B2C Applications 
  • Process Design and Organisational Issues in e-Commerce 
  • E-Procurement and Web-based supply chain management 
  • Market-spaces: market portals, hubs, auctions 
  • E-Learning and e-Teaching 
  • Intranet and Extranet Business Applications 
  • Agents for Internet Computing 
  • Web Information Agents 
  • Case studies on Electronic Commerce 
  • Public sector applications of e-Commerce 
  • Interactive and Multimedia Web Applications 
  • Network Implementation Choices 
  • Object Orientation in Internet and Distributed Computing 
  • Internet and Collaborative Computing
  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Wireless and Mobile Computing
  • Agent-Oriented Programming



ICEIS expects to host several workshops. If you would like to propose the organization of a workshop to be held in conjunction with ICEIS 2003, please contact the secretariat as soon as possible. 



ICEIS 2003 will have several invited keynote speakers, as in previous editions. Their names are not yet confirmed. 



ICEIS 2003 will have several tutorials, as in previous editions, to be lectured the day before the conference opening. If you would like to propose a tutorial for ICEIS 2003, please contact the secretariat as soon as possible. Proposals should specify the topic and scope of the tutorial, the background knowledge expected of the participants, and a short CV of the instructor(s). 



Authors should submit a paper in English of about 8 A4 pages, up to 5.000 words, using the paper format indicated below. The program committee will review all papers and the contact author of each paper will be notified of the result, by email. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. Authors must also indicate the conference track to which the paper is submitted. The paper must be carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling. 

Authors should use the ICEIS web-based submission facility available at the conference web site, to enter the contact information of all paper authors plus the file containing the paper. The facility will automatically send a submission acknowledgement, by email, to the author indicated as "contact author". 

A "blind" paper evaluation method will be used. To facilitate that, the authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the full paper, WITHOUT any reference to the authors. The manuscript must contain, in its first page, the paper title, an abstract and a list of keywords but NO NAMES OR CONTACT DETAILS WHATSOEVER are to be included in any part of this file. 

If the author is unable to use the web-based procedure then he/she can send the paper by email to the secretariat attaching a second file containing: the title, author(s), affiliation(s), contact details, a list of keywords and an abstract. 

The camera-ready format should be strictly used for all submitted papers. Please check and carefully follow the instructions and templates provided.

Due to space limitations in the Proceedings, the camera-ready version will be limited to 8 (eight) pages for full papers, 6 (six) for short papers (progress reports) and 4 (four) for poster presentations. If absolutely needed, it will be allowed to increase the total number of pages, by 4 extra pages. However, for each excess page the author will have to pay an additional fee.



Full Paper Submission: 31st October 2002
Position paper/poster submission: 15th November 2002
Workshops Submission: 15th December 2002 
Author Notification: 23rd December 2002
Final Camera-Ready Submission and Registration: 21st January 2003



ICEIS-2003 Secretariat 
ESEO -  École Supérieure d' Électronique de l' Ouest
4, rue Merlet de la Boulaye - BP926 - 49009
Tel: +33 2 41 86 67 19  Fax: +33 2 41 87 99 27 
E-mail for paper submission and proceedings: secretariat ( at ) 
E-mail for local arrangements and registrations: 



Angers, the capital of the historic province of Anjou, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France, with its old streets, museums, gardens, gastronomic restaurants, art festivals. Foremost among its many notable structures is the magnificent twin-spiraled Cathedral of Saint Maurice (12th-13th century) and the massive Castle of Angers (early 13th century), with its moat and soaring towers. Today the castle of Angers houses a tapestry museum that includes the famous 140 meters long Apocalypse series. The town has seen passing through it some of the greatest figures in the history of France: the Plantagenêts, King René, the writer François Rabelais, the poet Joachim du Bellay, as well as the composer Clément Janequin and the surgeon Ambroise Paré. Strategically located in the "Val de Loire", recently recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage for humanity, the site of the most beautiful French castles, near the Paris region and the western part of France, ANGERS is also at the heart of a knowledge-intensive region, offering a wide range of education centers and successful research institutes, and attracting many successful IT enterprises.
The high-speed train (TGV) can easily reach Paris in only 1 1/2 hours.  



Victor Hamon, École Supérieure d' Electronique de l' Ouest, France



Joaquim Filipe, Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal, Portugal (jfilipe ( at )
Slimane Hammoudi, École Supérieure d' Electronique de l' Ouest, France (



Olivier Camp, École Supérieure d' Electronique de l' Ouest, France (
Mario Piattini, E.S. Informática - Univ. de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (



Luis Amaral, University of Minho, Portugal 
Ricardo Baeza-Yates, University of Chile, Chile 
Jean Bézivin, University of Nantes, France 
Enrique Bonsón, University of Huelva, Spain 
João A. Carvalho, University of Minho, Portugal 
Albert Cheng, University of Houston and Rice University, United States of America 
Helder Coelho, FC - University of Lisbon, Portugal 
Miguel Delgado, University of Granada, Spain 
Jan Dietz, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 
Frank Dignum, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 
António Figueiredo, University of Coimbra, Portugal 
Mark S. Fox, University of Toronto, Canada
Thomas Greene, MIT, United States of America 
Nuno Guimarães, University of Lisbon, Portugal 
Jatinder Gupta, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, United States of America 
Jean-Paul Haton, University Henri Poincaré, France 
Alberto Laender, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Maurizio Lenzerini, University La Sapienza of Rome, Italy
Michel Leonard, University of Geneve, Switzerland 
Kecheng Liu, University of Reading, United Kingdom 
Paul Luker, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom 
Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University, Finland 
Yannis Manolopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 
José Legatheaux Martins, New University of Lisbon, Portugal 
Masao Matsumoto, University of Tsukuba, Japan 
James Odell, James Odell Associates, United States of America 
Alain Pirotte, Catholique University of Louvain, Belgium 
Klaus Pohl, University of Essen, Germany 
Colette Rolland, University of PARIS-1, France
Bernadette Sharp, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
Alexander Smirnov, St. Petersburg - SPIIRAS, Russia 
Ronald Stamper, University of Twente, The Netherlands 
Zahir Tari, RMIT University, Australia 
Miguel Toro, University of Sevilla, Spain 
José Tribolet, INESC/IST - Tecnhical University of Lisbon, Portugal
François Vernadat, European Commission, Luxembourg 
Merrill Warkentin, Mississippi State University, United States of America 
Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands 
Roel Wieringa, University of Twente, The Netherlands



Jesus Aguilar-Ruiz, University of Seville, Spain
Helena Ahonen-Myka, University of Helsinki, Finland
Patrick Albers, ESEO - Ecole Superieure d'Electronique de l'Ouest, France
Albert Alderson, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
Lina Al-Jadir, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Pedro Antunes, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisboa, Portugal
Joaquim Aparício, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Cecilia Baranauskas, UNICAMP, Brazil
Balbir Barn, Thames Valley University, United Kingdom
Senén Barro, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Lamia Belguith, Faculté des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion de Sfax, Tunisie
Nadia Bellalem, University Nancy 2, France
Peter Bernus, Griffith University, Australia
Peter Bertok, RMIT University, Australia
Robert Biddle, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Oliver Bittel, FH Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Fernando Boavida, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Ivan Bratko, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nieves R. Brisaboa, Universidade de A Coruña, Spain
Danielle Boulanger, University of Lyon 3, France
Coral Calero, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Fernando Carvalho, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil
Jose Jesus Castro-Schez, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Luca Cernuzzi, Universidad Católica, Paraguay
Laurent Chapelier, Banque Générale du Luxembourg, France
Hervé Christofol, Laboratoire CPNI/Université d'Angers, France
William Cheng-Chung Chu, TungHai University, Taiwan
Rodney Clarke, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
Chrisment Claude, IRIT/SIG, France
Rafael Corchuelo, University of Sevilla, Spain
Ernesto Costa, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Bernard Coulette, University of Toulouse 2, France
Sharon Cox, University of Central England, United Kingdom
Sergio de Cesare, Brunel University, United Kingdom
José Javier Dolado, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Gilles Dubois, University of Lyon 3, France
Jean-Christophe Dubois, Universite de Rennes 1, France
Béatrice Duval, LERIA, France
Alan Eardley, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
David Emery, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
Jean-Max Estay, I.M.A., France
Elie Fadier, INRS, France
Jesus Favela, CICESE, United States of America
Eduardo Fernández-Medina, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Edilson Ferneda, Universidade Católica de Brasília, Brazil
Paulo Ferreira, INESC-ID/IST - Tecnhical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Andre Flory, INSA de LYON, France
Ulrich Frank, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Ana Fred, IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Juan Garbajosa, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Marcela Genero, UCLM, Spain
Pascual González, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Silvia Gordillo, LIFIA-UNLP, Argentina
Feliz Gouveia, University Fernando Pessoa / CEREM, Portugal
Luis Borges Gouveia, University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal
Virginie Govaere, INRS, France
Åke Grönlund, Umeå University, Sweden
Corinne Grusenmeyer, INRS, France
Rune Gustavsson, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Ole Hanseth, University of Oslo, Norway
Michael Heng, University of South Australia, Australia
Francisco Herrera, University of Granada, Spain
Peter Higgins, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Jiankun Hu, RMIT University, Australia
Kaiyin Huang, Business Alliance Services International, Netherlands
Hamid Jahankhani, University of East London, United Kingdom
Arturo Jaime, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain
Luis Jiménez Linares, UCLM, Spain
Luis Joyanes, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain
Nikos Karacapilidis, University of Patras, Greece
Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria
Manuel Kolp, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
John Krogstie, SINTEF Telecom and Informatics, Norway 
Sofiane Labidi, Federal University of Maranhao, Brazil
Yannick Lallement, Novator, Canada
David Langlois, LORIA, France
Franz Lehner, University of Regensburg, Germany
Carlos León de Mora, University of Sevilla, Spain
Hareton Leung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Therese Libourel, LIRMM, France
John Lim, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Matti Linna, University of Vaasa, Finland
Jan Ljungberg, Gothenburg University , Sweden
Stephane Loiseau, LERIA, France
João Correia Lopes, University of Porto, Portugal
Andrea De Lucia,  University of Sannio, Italy
Christopher Lueg, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Edmundo Madeira, UNICAMP - University of Campinas, Brazil
Laurent Magnin, CRIM, Canada
Mirko Malekovic, FOI - Zagreb University, Croatia
Nuno Mamede, INESC/IST - Tecnhical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Esperanza Marcos, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Vila Maria-Amparo, University of Granada, Spain
Farhi Marir, North London University, United Kingdom
Maria João Martins, IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Andreas Meier, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Emilia Mendes, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Giorgio de Michelis, University of Milano, Italy
Ghodrat Moghadampour, University of Vaasa, Finland
Hoda Mokhtar, University of California at Santa Barbara, United States of America
Pascal Molli, Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy 1, France
Héctor Muñoz-Avila, Lehigh University, United States of America
Engelbert Mephu Nguifo, AFIA, France
Jose Angel Olivas, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Luis Olsina Santos, GIDIS, Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina
George Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Jose Parets-Llorca, Universidad de Granada, Spain
Oscar Pastor, DSIC-UPV, Spain
Maria Carmen Penadés Gramaje, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
Thomas Penzel, Hospital of Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
Gabriel Pereira Lopes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Laurent Péridy, IMA-UCO, France
Steef Peters, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ernesto Pimentel, University of Malaga, Spain
Fernando Moura Pires, University of Évora, Portugal
José Pires, Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão / IPB, Portugal
Jacek Plodzien, Institute of Computer Science PAS, Poland
Geert Poels, Ghent University, Belgium
Macario Polo, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Bhanu Prasad, Georgia Southwestern State University, United States of America
Nguyen Quang, Institut de la Francophonie pour l'Informatique (IFI), Viet Nam
Pedro Ramos, ISCTE, Portugal
Ulrich Reimer, Business Operation Systems, Germany
Marinette Revenu, ISMRA, France
Nuno de Magalhães Ribeiro, CEREM - UFP, Portugal
Simon Richir, CPNI Lab., France
José Riquelme, University of Seville, Spain
David Rivreau, Université Catholique de l'Ouest, France
John Roddick, The Flinders University of South Australia, Australia
Pilar Rodriguez, Universidade Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Agostinho Rosa, IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Gustavo Rossi, LIFIA-UNLP, Argentina
Narcyz Roztocki, State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, United States of America
Francisco Ruiz, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Bernhard Rumpe, Munich University of Technology, Germany
Houari Sahraoui, University of Montreal, Canada
Abdel-Badeeh Salem, Ain Shams University, Egypt
Henry Samier, Université d'Angers, France
Daniel Schang, ESEO, France
Arno Scharl, Vienna University of Economics & BA, Austria
Mareike Schoop, RWTH AACHEN, Germany
Jianhua Shao, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Zhongzhi Shi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Alberto Silva, INESC/IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
António Rito da Silva, INESC/IST-Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Miguel Mira da Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Vasilios Siris, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Greece
Hala Skaf-Molli, LORIA-University Henri Ponicaré, France
João Bosco Sobral, UFSC / CPGCC - Computer Science Pos-Graduate, Brazil
Chantal Soule-Dupuy, University of Toulouse 1 - IRIT, France
Lily Sun, University of Reading, United Kingdom
David Taniar, Monash University, Australia
Reza Torkzadeh, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States of America
Ambrosio Toval, University of Murcia, Spain
Alfred Ultsch, University of Marburg, Germany
Antonio Vallecillo, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
José de Vasconcelos, Universidade Fernando Pessoa / CEREM, Portugal
Luminita Vasiu, Middlesex University, School of Computing Science, United Kingdom
Christine Verdier, INSA of Lyon, France
Ho Tuong Vinh, Institut de la Francophonie pour l'Informatique (IFI), Viet Nam
Hans Weghorn, University of Cooperative Education, Stuttgart, Germany
Gerhard Weiss, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
David Wilson, University of London, United Kingdom
Graham Winstanley, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Wita Wojtkowski, Boise State University, United States of America
Robert Wrembel, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Hongji Yang, De Montfort University, United Kingdom
Yoneo Yano, Tokushima University , Japan
Lin ZongKai, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



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