[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] AAAI-15 - The First Winter AAAI Conference

Yixin Chen chen at cse.wustl.edu
Fri Mar 28 21:36:28 PDT 2014

AAAI-15 - The First Winter AAAI Conference
January 25-29, 2015
Austin, Texas, USA

AAAI-15 Preliminary Call for Papers
Abstracts due: September 10, 2014; Papers due: September 15, 2014

The purpose of the AAAI conference series is to promote research in
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and scientific exchange among AI
researchers, practitioners, scientists, students and engineers in AI
and all affiliated disciplines. AAAI-15 is the Twenty-Ninth AAAI
Conference on Artificial Intelligence. It will continue the traditions
of previous AAAI conferences with multiple technical tracks, invited
speakers, workshops, tutorials, student abstracts, senior member
papers, poster sessions, a video competition, and exhibit programs,
all selected according to the highest standards. AAAI-15, as the
inaugural Winter AAAI conference, will also include special programs
that celebrate the past and look into the future. A number of exciting
innovations are planned, including additional programs for students
and young researchers.

Innovations for the Main Conference Track

- Resubmissions of Substantially Improved AAAI-14 Submissions: AAAI-15
expects to have a mechanism for authors to submit substantially
improved versions of their declined AAAI-14 submissions together with
a cover letter that explains how their revised submissions address the
comments of the reviewers. The cover letters will be taken into
consideration in the review process.

- Demonstrations: During paper submission, authors will be able to
express interest in demonstrating their systems (if applicable) during
a demonstration/poster session and describe the features of their
intended demonstration.

- Easily Accessible Papers: AAAI-15 is interested in identifying a
small number of papers that make good reading material for people with
a general background knowledge of artificial intelligence but no
detailed knowledge of the subarea covered in the paper. Authors of
such papers will meet at AAAI-15 with students interested in their

- Special Tracks: AAAI-15 will include several special paper tracks on
focused topics to increase participation in special areas of interest.

Details will be announced separately.

Timetable for Authors

May 1, 2014 - September 10, 2014: Authors register on the AAAI web site
September 10, 2014: Electronic abstracts due
September 15, 2014: Electronic papers due
October 22 - 24, 2014: Author feedback about initial reviews
November 7, 2014: Notification of acceptance or rejection
November 20, 2014: Camera-ready copy due at AAAI office


AAAI-15 welcomes submissions on mainstream AI topics as well as novel
crosscutting work in related areas. Topics include but are not limited
to the following:

AI and the Web
Cognitive Modeling
Cognitive Systems
Computational Sustainability and AI
Computational Discovery
Game Theory and Economic Paradigms
Game Playing and Interactive Entertainment
Heuristic Search and Optimization
Human-Computation and Crowd Sourcing
Humans and AI
Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
Machine Learning Applications
Multiagent Systems
NLP and Knowledge Representation
NLP and Machine Learning
NLP and Text Mining
Novel Machine Learning Algorithms
Planning and Scheduling
Reasoning under Uncertainty
Search and Constraint Satisfaction

The full set of AAAI-15 keywords is available on the AAAI-15 keywords page.

Papers that extend the state of the art, and explore parts of the
design space of AI that are not well-explored, are particularly

Author Registration

Authors must register at the AAAI-15 web-based technical track paper
submission site before they submit their abstracts and papers. The
software will assign a password, which will enable the author to log
on to submit an abstract and paper. To avoid network problems in the
last minute rush, authors are strongly encouraged to register as soon
as possible after May 1, well in advance of the September 10 abstract

Registration will close at 11:59 PM PST on September 10, 2014.
Abstract submission will close at 11:59 PM PST on September 10, 2014.
Final paper submission will close at 11:59 PM PST on September 15, 2014.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Papers must be formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style; see
the author instruction page for details. Papers must be in
trouble-free, high-resolution PDF format, formatted for US Letter
(8.5" x 11") paper, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts. Submitted papers
may be no longer than 7 pages with page 7 containing nothing but
references. Submitted papers are not required to contain the copyright
block, and acknowledgements should not be included due to blind
review. Please also refer to the instructions on how to prepare your
paper for blind review. For final papers, authors may buy up to two
additional pages in the proceedings (see below for details). The last
page of final papers may contain text other than the references and
acknowledgements, but all references in the submitted paper should
appear in the final version except for superseded references. Final
papers must contain the copyright block.

Supplemental Materials

The length of the main submission is strictly limited as indicated
above. However, authors may also choose to submit supplemental
material as an attachment. Examples of supplemental material are
proofs of theorems that are stated in the main paper, or video
demonstrations. Authors may reference the supplemental material in
their papers. However, please note that there is no guarantee that the
reviewers will review the supplemental material. Authors are advised
to make sure the paper is self-contained. If the proofs are an
important part of the contribution, then they should at least be
summarized in the main paper. Similarly, the video demonstration may
be described in the body of the paper. Reviewers will view the
material at their own discretion. IMPORTANT: please be very careful
not to violate the blind review requirements in the supplemental

Electronic abstract and paper submission through the AAAI-15 paper
submission site is required on or (preferably) before the deadline
dates listed above. We cannot accept submissions by e-mail or fax.
Authors will receive confirmation of receipt of their abstracts or
papers, including an ID number, shortly after submission. AAAI will
contact authors again only if problems are encountered with papers.
Inquiries regarding paper receipt must be made no later than September
22, 2014.

Blind Review Instructions

Reviewing for the AAAI Conference is blind to the identities of the
authors. The first page, on which the paper body begins, should
include the title, abstract, content areas, and ID number (if
available), but not the acknowledgments and names or affiliations of
the authors. The references should include all published literature
relevant to the paper, including previous works of the authors, but
should not include unpublished works.

When referring to one's own work, use the third person, rather than
the first person. For example, say "Previously, Newell (1996) has
shown that...," rather than "In our previous work (Newell 1996) we
have shown that...." Try to avoid including any information in the
body of the paper or references that would identify the authors or
their institutions. Such information may be added to the final
camera-ready version for publication.

Policy Concerning Submissions to Other Conferences or Journals

AAAI-15 will not accept any paper that, at the time of submission, is
under review for or has already been published or accepted for
publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also
required not to submit their papers elsewhere during AAAI's review
period. These restrictions apply only to journals and conferences, not
to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited
audience and without archival proceedings. The restrictions also do
not apply to preprints posted only on arXiv. Authors will be required
to confirm that their submissions conform to these requirements at the
time of submission.

Review Process

Program committee members will identify papers they are qualified to
review based on the information submitted electronically (the paper's
title, keywords, and abstract). Their reviewing will be done blind to
the identities of the authors and their institutions. Authors will
have a limited opportunity to respond to initial reviews. This author
feedback will then be taken into account in the final recommendations
and reviews may be changed accordingly. The program committee's
reviews will make recommendations to the senior program committee,
which in turn will make recommendations to the program cochairs. The
program cochairs will make all final decisions following full
consultation with members of the senior program committee during this


Accepted papers will be allocated seven (7) pages in the conference
proceedings; up to two (2) additional pages may be used at a cost to
the authors of $275 per page. Final papers found to exceed page limits
and or otherwise violating the instructions to authors will not be
included in the proceedings. Authors will be required to transfer
copyright of their paper to AAAI. The proceedings will be available in
the AAAI Digital Library at the conference, and will also be available
in hard copy after the conference.

Journal Opportunities

Papers that receive excellent reviews may be selected for fast track
reviewing at participating journals, including the AI Journal (AIJ)
and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). Eligible
authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their AAAI-15
papers to the journal of their choice.

The AI Journal offers fast-track publication to the authors of
selected excellent papers as determined by the Program Committee of
AAAI-15. They aim at a review process of about 6 weeks. The papers,
which should conform to all currently posted requirements relating to
the submission of AIJ papers posted on the Elsevier and AI Journal
sites would be published as regular papers but identified as revisions
of papers first given at AAAI-15.

The Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research has a special track
for award winning papers from prestigious conferences. The purpose is
to highlight the research reflected in them and to give the authors a
chance to expand their submission, including more details. The papers
will get an expedited review process, and accepted papers receive
special recognition on the JAIR page.

Questions and Suggestions

Concerning author instructions and conference registration, write to
aaai15 at aaai.org. Concerning suggestions for the program and other
inquiries, write to the AAAI-15 Program Cochairs at
aaai15chairs at aaai.org

Program Cochairs

Blai Bonet (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela)
Sven Koenig (University of Southern California, USA)

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

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