[robotics-worldwide] [meetings][CFP] AAAI-15 Senior Member Presentation Track

Yixin Chen chen at cse.wustl.edu
Wed Aug 6 08:31:46 PDT 2014

AAAI-15 Senior Member Presentation Track

Twenty-Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

January 25-29, 2015 Austin, Texas, USA

Call for Papers

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial
Intelligence and the Computing Community Consortium


·       Subtracks ("summary talks" and "blue sky ideas talks")

·       Talks come with a paper in the proceedings

·       Three grants for the best three proposals in the "blue sky
ideas" track, given by the Computing Community Consortium.

The “Senior Member Presentation Track” provides an opportunity for
established researchers in the AI community to give a broad talk on a
well-developed body of research, an important new research area, or a
promising new topic. These presentations should provide a "big
picture" view, in contrast to regular papers, which may focus on a
specific contribution. Submissions include a proposal for a talk and a
paper (in the AAAI format) covering the topic of the talk.


This track is open to researchers who are significant number of years
away from their Ph.D (exceptions will be considered on a per case
basis), have acquired an international recognition, and have
established a significant publication record of AI-related research in
AI conferences and journals.

It is important to note that you do not have to be a AAAI Fellow nor
to hold the official status of a “Senior-Member of AAAI” in order to
submit to the Senior Member Presentation Track.

Timetable for Presentations

·       October 8, 2014: Electronic submissions of talks and papers due

·       November 10, 2014: Notification of acceptance or rejection.

·       November 20, 2014: Camera-ready versions at the AAAI office.


There are two subtracks for submissions of talk proposals for the
Senior Member Presentation Track:

Summary talks: broad talks on a well-developed body of research or an
important new research area. They generally will also include results
obtained by researchers other than the speaker.

"Blue Sky Ideas" talks: These presentations aim at presenting ideas
and visions that can stimulate the research community to pursue new
directions, e.g., new problems, new application domains, or new
methodologies that are likely to stimulate significant new research.
The presenter should find the right arguments to convince the audience
that the topic is promising, and should relate the talk as much as
possible to the existing literature. The Blue Sky Ideas track will be
sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium, which will give three
awards ($1000, $750 and $500), for the three best submissions in this
category, to be used as travel grants for the presenters. See The
Computing Community Consortium for more on "blue sky ideas" talks.

Proposal/Paper  Submission

A proposal for the SMT includes two parts.

Part 1: Talk outline and CV.
The first part of the proposal should include the title, an abstract
and an outline of the suggested talk. All these in 1 page (in any
reasonable format). In addition it should also include a short CV (up
to 2 pages in any reasonable format). The CV should also include
evidence that the proposer is qualified to talk about the topic, such
as specific contributions of the proposer to the proposed topic (in
the case of a summary talk) or contributions of the proposer in
related topics (in the case of a blue sky idea talk). To show the
broadness of the topic, proposals are required to cite at least 3
papers in the suggested topic which were published by different
authors in the last 3 years in a highly competitive venue (This
applies to summary talks only.)

Part 2: Summary paper.
Researchers who submit talk proposals must also submit a paper.
Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings. Papers should
cover the same topic as the talk and are intended to give a personal
synthetic view of the topic, together with appropriate references. The
papers should be self-contained and are intended to be accessible for
anyone including people that did not attend the talk. The papers
should be formatted as PDF files using the AAAI style. Submissions are
not anonymous - the names of the authors and their affiliations should
be given. The length of the papers depend on the track: between 2 and
6 pages for the 'summary talks' track, and between 2 and 4 pages for
the 'blue sky ideas' track.

Submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aaai15smt

Reviewing Process

All senior member talk proposals and the corresponding papers will be
reviewed by qualified members of the AAAI program committee. The
reviewers of the paper will follow the main regulations of regular
AAAI submission and will check the quality and clarity of the paper.

Final decisions on acceptance will be made by the track cochairs.

Senior Member Track Cochairs

·       Ariel Felner (felner at bgu.ac.il)
Ben-Gurion University, Israel

·       Jerome Lang (lang at lamsade.dauphine.fr)
CNRS-Université Paris-Dauphine, France

Questions and Suggestions

Please contact the Senior Member Presentation Track cochairs for any
questions or suggestions. Specific questions are answered below.

Q: How can I know whether I am considered 'senior' enough?

A: As a general rule this track is aimed for researchers who are well
established in their research area. They should be a significant
number of years away from their Ph.D and have published a significant
number of papers in the top AI conferences and journals. However,
exceptions are possible and will be considered on a per case basis.

Q: Can submissions be coauthored?

A: Naturally, the talks include one presenter only. However, the
papers submitted might include other authors but the first author must
be the talk presenter.

Q: Does submitting a 6-page paper increase the chances of my talk
being accepted when compared to a shorter paper?

A: Not at all. All submissions will be reviewed/considered along the
same review criteria.

Q: Is there any relation between this track and the status of “Senior
Member of AAAI”.

A: Not at all. Anyone who meets the criteria above can submit. You do
not have to hold a status of a Senior Member of AAAI (see
http://www.aaai.org/Awards/senior.php) nor to be a AAAI Fellow (see

Yixin Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Washington University in St. Louis
Phone: (314) 935-7528

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