[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] AAAI-14 AI Video Competition - Call for videos

AAAI Video Competition callforvideos at aaaivideos.org
Thu Feb 13 07:01:01 PST 2014

From: AAAI Video Competition <callforvideos at aaaivideos.org>
To: robotics-worldwide at duerer.usc.edu
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:27:28 +0100
Subject: AAAI-14 AI Video Competition - Call for videos
AAAI-14 AI Video Competition
Date: July 28, 2014
Place: Québec City, Québec, Canada
Website: http://www.aaaivideos.org
Video: http://youtu.be/uwD5qN-MF5M
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2014


Dear Colleagues,

AAAI is pleased to announce the continuation of the AAAI Video Competition,
now entering its eighth year. The video competition will be held in
conjunction with the AAAI-14 conference in Québec City, Québec, Canada,
July 27-31, 2014. 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 ceremony.

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.

To increase reach, select videos will be uploaded to Youtube and promoted
through social media (twitter, facebook, g+) and major blogs in AI and


Either a 1 minute (max) short video or a 5 minute (max) long video, with
English narration (or English subtitles). Consider combining screenshots,
interviews, and videos 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 is, 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
contributions come alive.)

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


Submit your video by making it available for download on a (preferably
password-protected) dropbox, ftp or website. Once you have done so, please
fill out the submission form (http://www.aaaivideos.org/submission_form.txt)
and send it to us by email (submission at aaaivideos.org). All submissions are
due no later than April 15, 2014.


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. Select videos will also be uploaded to Youtube, promoted
through social media, and featured 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-14.

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 15, 2014
  * Reviewing Decision Notifications & Award Nominations: May 15, 2014
  * Final Version Due: June 15, 2014
  * Screening and Award Presentations: July 28, 2014


Please contact us at info at aaaivideos.org

We look forward to your participation in this exciting event!

Mauro Birattari and Sabine Hauert
AAAI Video Competition 2014

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