[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] The First SIGAI Career Network Conference (CNC): Preliminary Call for Abstracts and Participation

David Feil-Seifer dave at cse.unr.edu
Mon Sep 15 01:34:21 PDT 2014

The First SIGAI Career Network Conference (CNC): Preliminary Call for
Abstracts and Participation


ACM’s Special Interest Group in AI (SIGAI) announces the launch of the
SIGAI Career Network Conference (SIGAI CNC), a meeting that supports
early-career scientists in their transition to independent research in
academia, industry, or government. Participation is open to (and
encouraged from!) researchers in AI, including vision, robotics, NLP,
learning, etc. CNC will include:

•  Research presentations from early career researchers to potential
mentors and employers

• A career fair that showcases diverse career opportunities in
academia, government, the non-profit sector, and industry

•  Mentoring opportunities in small groups

•  Brokered events that match researcher interests and expertise with
career paths and potential employers

The first SIGAI Career Network Conference will be held in Austin,
Texas, on January 26, 2015, the day before the start of the AAAI main
conference, also in Austin. SIGAI CNC will be complemented by a Career
Network website that serves as a community for support, information
sharing, and networking among early-career AI researchers. One of the
goals of the conference and the website is to coordinate the job
matching process and improve the flow of information in the broader AI
job market. Therefore, the website will provide facilities for both
job seekers and potential employers, including the ability to view
each others' profiles both before and after the conference. Attendees
on both sides of the market are encouraged to reach out to each other
both before the conference as well as after learning about each other
during the conference.

Call for abstracts and applications from students and postdocs
(Deadline: October 6)


We welcome submissions from both Ph.D. students who will complete
their dissertations in Spring or Summer 2015 as well as postdocs who
defended their dissertations in 2010 or later. In order to apply,
please submit:

1. An abstract (similar to a research statement) of up to three pages
plus one page of references (see formatting instructions available on
the website).

2. A short description of your career interests and aspirations.

3. An up-to-date academic CV.

4. A letter of recommendation from your Ph.D. or postdoctoral advisor.

If accepted, only the abstract will be published in the proceedings.
Detailed submission instructions will be available at

Your research abstract should be a description of the main thrust of
your research, not a single paper. It should reference your
publications and working papers, and put your research in context for
a broad AI audience. We welcome submissions on any topic relevant to
artificial intelligence, broadly defined. This includes, but is not
limited to:

AI and the Web

Computer Vision

Interface of AI and Cognitive Science

Interface of AI and Economics

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

Machine Learning

Multi-Agent Systems

Natural Language Processing

Planning and Scheduling


Search, Constraint Satisfaction, and Optimization

In particular, we would like to emphasize that one of the goals of CNC
is to bring together researchers from all areas of AI, including those
who consider a conference other than AAAI or IJCAI their primary

Call for job opening presentations


Organizations (academic, government, industry) who seek to hire AI
researchers may apply to advertise specific job openings and career
paths at their institution. Selected organizations will also be
invited to give a lightning talk at the conference. Booths will be
available for organizations to advertise and interact with conference
participants. The SIGAI Career Network site will also make the job
opportunities listings and other materials available online.

Call for participation


We encourage anyone who wants to learn about research at the cutting
edge of AI, as well as representatives of academic departments,
companies, government agencies, and others interested in recruiting
Ph.D. level researchers, to join us at CNC. We also strongly encourage
current students and postdocs who plan to be on the job market in
future years to attend in order to learn about potential career paths
and network with employers. Our collocation with AAAI makes this
meeting both economical and convenient.

Applications for travel support


SIGAI will provide travel support for a significant number of
participants with accepted abstracts. Requests for travel support
should be included with the research abstract submission.

Sponsorship program


Sponsorship opportunities include conference networking events and
student travel.

David Feil-Seifer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno, 89557
office: (775) 784-6469 fax: (775) 784-1877

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