[robotics-worldwide] AAAI Video Competition 2013 - Call For Videos

Rehan O'Grady rogrady at ulb.ac.be
Fri Dec 21 05:04:53 PST 2012

Dear Colleague,

AAAI is pleased to announce the continuation of the AAAI Video Competition,
now entering its seventh year. The video competition will be held in
conjunction with the AAAI-13 conference in Bellevue, Washington, July
14–18, 2013. At the award ceremony, authors of award-winning videos will be
presented with "Shakeys", trophies named in honour of SRI's Shakey robot
and its pioneering video. Award winning videos will be screened at this

The goal of the competition is to show the world how much fun AI is by
documenting exciting artificial intelligence advances in research,
education, and application. View previous entries and award winners at

The rules are simple: Compose a short video about an exciting AI project,
and narrate it so that it is accessible to a broad online audience. We
strongly encourage student participation.


Either 1 minute (max) short video or a 5 minute (max) long video, with
English narration (or English subtitles). Consider combining screen shots,
interviews, and video of a system in action. Make the video self-contained,
so that newcomers to AI can understand and learn from it. We encourage a
good sense of humor, but will only accept submissions with serious AI
content. For example, we welcome submissions of videos that:

 * Highlight a research topic - contemporary or historic, your own or from
another group
 * Introduce viewers to an exciting new AI-related technology
 * Provide a window into the research activities of a laboratory and/or
senior researcher
 * Attract prospective students to the field of AI
 * Explain AI concepts - your video could be used in the classroom

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Novel ideas for AI-based
videos, including those not necessarily based on a "system in action", are
encouraged.  No matter what your choice, creativity is encouraged! (Please
note: The authors of previous, award-winning videos typically used humor,
background music, and carefully selected movie clips to make their
presentations come alive.)

Please also note that videos should contain only material for which the
authors have copyright.  Clips from films or television and music for
soundtrack should only be used if copyright permission has been granted by
the copyright holders.


Submit your video by making it available for download on a (preferably
password-protected) ftp or web site. Once you have done so, please fill out
the submission form (
and send it to us by email (submission at aaaivideos.org). All submissions are
due no later than April 30, 2013.


Submitted videos will be peer-reviewed by members of the programme
committee according to the criteria below. Videos that receive positive
reviews will be accepted for publication in the AAAI Video Competition
proceedings, published on the dedicated website (http://www.aaaivideos.org).
The best videos will be nominated for awards. Winners will be revealed at
the award ceremony during AAAI-13.

All authors of accepted videos will be asked to sign a distribution license

Review criteria:

  1. Relevance to AI (research or application)
  2. Excitement generated by the technology presented
  3. Educational content
  4. Entertainment value
  5. Presentation (cinematography, narration, soundtrack, production values)


Best Video, Best Short Video, Best Student Video, Most Jaw-Dropping
Technology, Most Educational, Most Entertaining and Best Presentation.
(Categories may be changed at the discretion of the chairs.)


Trophies ("Shakeys").


  * Submission Deadline: April 30, 2013
  * Reviewing Decision Notifications & Award Nominations: May 31, 2013
  * Final Version Due: June 16, 2013
  * Screening and Award Presentations: TBD


Please contact us at info at aaaivideos.org

We look forward to your participation in this exciting event!

Marco Dorigo, Mauro Birattari and Rehan O'Grady
Co-Chairs, AAAI Video Competition 2013

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