[robotics-worldwide] AAAI Video Competition 2012 - Call For Videos

Rehan O'Grady rogrady at ulb.ac.be
Thu Mar 8 23:40:42 PST 2012

Dear Colleague,

AAAI is pleased to announce the continuation of the AI Video Competition,
now entering its
sixth year. The video competition will be held in conjunction with the
AAAI-12 conference
in Toronto Canada, July 22-26 2012. At the award ceremony, authors of
award-winning videos
will be presented with "Shakeys", Oscar-like trophies named in honour of
SRI's Shakey
robot and its pioneering video. Award winning videos will be screened at
this ceremony.

The goal of the competition is to show the world how much fun AI is by
exciting artificial intelligence advances in research, education, and
application. View
previous entries and award winners at
Last year's winning entry has been viewed 315,000 times!

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


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 AI
Videos typically used humor, background music, and carefully selected movie
clips to make
their presentations come alive.)


Submit your video by making it available for download on a (preferably
ftp or web site. Once you have done so, please fill out the submission form
and send it to Rehan O'Grady by email (rogrady at ulb.ac.be). All submissions
are due no later than May 31,
2012. All authors of accepted videos will be asked to sign a distribution
license form.

Review and Award Process:

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
(http://www.aaaivideos.org). The best videos will be nominated for awards.
Winners will be
revealed at the award ceremony during AAAI-12.

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)

Award Categories:

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


Oscar-like trophies ("Shakeys").


  * Submission Deadline: May 31, 2012
  * Reviewing Decision Notifications & Award Nominations: June 15, 2012
  * Final Version Due: June 22, 2012
  * Screening and Award Presentations: TBD

We look forward to your participation in this exciting event!

Best regards,

Marco Dorigo, Mauro Birattari and Rehan O'Grady
Co-Chairs, AAAI Video Competition 2012

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