[robotics-worldwide] Final Call for ECAI System Demonstrations

Fredrik Heintz fredrik.heintz at liu.se
Wed Feb 22 21:58:27 PST 2012

Call for ECAI Demonstrations

Research and innovation in Artificial Intelligence continues to have
widespread success in many areas of society and has generated broad
excitement not only within our communities but also with the general
public. The impressive and exciting progress in robotics is one major 
reason. One of our more important roles as a community is to disseminate
research, applications and technologies in an accessible manner in
order to increase awareness of state-of-the-art in the area.

In order to share the excitement and increase the awareness of the
latest achievements in AI, the 20th European Conference in Artificial
Intelligence (ECAI 2012) invites demonstrations of state-of-the-art AI
systems, especially robotic systems.

The System Demonstrations track provides AI researchers and
practitioners, including roboticists, an opportunity to demonstrate 
impressive and innovative systems. We invite applications from both 
research groups and commercial organizations. The aim of a demonstration 
should be to make the attendees and participating public aware of and 
enthusiastic about the work. It also provides an opportunity to get 
feedback from the community.

There are two types of submissions:
* Demonstrations with a 2 page extended abstract describing the system.
* Demonstrations with a full 6 page technical paper describing the
    system as well as its scientific foundations.

Both types of submissions will be reviewed by the demo track program
committee using the standards of excellence associated with the ECAI
conferences. Evaluation will be based on novelty, relevance, scientific
contribution, maturity and excitement factor. The extended abstracts and
technical papers of accepted demonstrations will be published in the
official proceedings.

Demonstrations that can be used by the audience and/or that interact
with the audience are particularly encouraged.

An ECAI Best Systems Demonstration Award will be given to the best
demonstration based on both the opinion of the demo track committee and
a popular vote by the ECAI audience.

The demonstration program will include demonstration sessions
throughout the conference with the opportunity for interleaving static
presentations in the form of posters or videos and dynamic
presentations in the form of live demonstrations. The dynamic
presentations should be brief so that they can be shown repeatedly
during the conference. Videos of demonstrations will also be displayed
on monitors during the conference to increase the visibility of the
sessions. Novel ways of integrating demonstrations in live form as
part of the conference are encouraged so please contact the demo track
committee at an early stage if you have novel ideas in this respect.

All accepted submissions will be advertised on the ECAI 2012 website, in
the conference booklet and at the conference venue. Demonstrators are
required to register for the conference.

Submissions and reviews are managed via the EasyChair system.

A submission consists of:
    * A 150-word summary of the demonstration in plain text. Please
      include title, demonstrator names, and affiliations. This summary
      will be used to compile a program for the demonstrations.
    * An obligatory 2 page system and demonstration description
      formatted according to the ECAI submission instructions. If the
      demo is accepted these short papers will be published in the
      official proceedings.
    * An optional 6 page technical paper describing the system and its
      scientific foundation as well as the demonstration formatted
      according to the ECAI submission instructions. If the demo and
      long paper are both accepted, this long paper will be published
      in the proceedings instead of the short paper.
    * A short video (less than 5 minutes) showing that a working system
      exists and that convinces the demo program committee that it is
      exciting, innovative and relevant and deserves to be highlighted
      at the conference.
    * A demo storyboard consisting of a detailed description of the
      demo, including images or slides depicting the various stages of
      the demo. If the video shows the demonstration then a separate
      storyboard is not required.
    * A detailed description of hardware and software requirements, such
      as space, power supplies, lighting, etc. Demonstrators are
      encouraged to be flexible in their requirements. Please state
      what you can bring yourself and what you absolutely must have
      provided at the venue. We will do our best to accommodate your
    * Place the summary, video, storyboard and other files in a zip
      folder and include it with the submission.

Important Dates
    * March  6, 2012: Demo submissions are due
    * May   21, 2012: Notification of acceptance
    * June   3, 2012: Camera-ready copy due

Demo Program Committee
Patrick Doherty, Linköping University (chair)
Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University (chair)
Michael Beetz, Technical University Munich
Cyrille Berger, Linköping University
Philipp Cimiano, Bielefeld University
Nick Hawes, Birmingham University
Manfred Hild, Humboldt University Berlin
Alexander Kleiner, Linköping University
Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology
Fiona McNeill, University of Edinburgh,
Daniele Nardi, Sapienza Università di Roma
Mikhal Pechoucek, Czech Technical University in Prague
Ashwin Ram, Georgia Institute of Technology
Alessandro Saffiotti, Örebro University
Neil Yorke-Smith, American University of Beirut / SRI

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