AAAI-98 Call for Papers
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Tue Sep 9 23:14:52 EST 1997
Fifteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
July 26-30, 1998, Madison, Wisconsin
Sponsored by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
Call for Participation & Revised Call for Papers
AAAI-98 is the Fifteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(AI). The purpose of the conference is to promote research in AI and
scientific interchange among AI researchers and practitioners.
Papers may represent significant contributions to any aspects of AI:
* principles underlying cognition, perception, and action
* design, application, and evaluation of AI algorithms and systems
* architectures and frameworks for classes of AI systems
* analysis of tasks and domains in which intelligent systems
One of the most important functions served by the national conference is to
provide a forum for information exchange and interaction among researchers
working in different subdisciplines, in different research
paradigms, and in different stages of research. As in previous years, we
are continuing efforts to expand active participation in the conference to
include a cross-section of the AI community and the community's research
Accordingly, we encourage submission of papers that describe theoretical,
empirical, or experimental results; represent areas of AI that may have
been under-represented in recent conferences; present promising new
research concepts, techniques, or perspectives; or discuss issues that
cross traditional subdisciplinary boundaries. As outlined below, the paper
review criteria are intended to recognize this broader spectrum of research
New This Year! Integrated AI Systems Track
An important force holding our field together is the shared goal of
building "artificial intelligences" that perform valued activities in real
environments by integrating capabilities from AI1s diverse subdisciplines.
To encourage and support the development of such integrated AI systems, the
AAAI-98 conference program will include a special track highlighting
implemented systems that integrate methods from multiple AI subdisciplines.
Submissions will be reviewed by a specially selected pool of reviewers who
are sensitive to the challenges of presenting this kind of work in a
Quality standards for this track will be high. Successful papers will
advance the field by making clear not only what the system and each
component does, but what has been learned from its development and
experiments with it. In contrast with IAAI, however, these systems need not
be deployed; breadth and depth of integration matter more here. Submitters
are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the videotape support option
Please watch the conference home page at www.aaai.org and the Winter issue
of AI Magazine for further guidelines and instructions regarding this
track, and for information regarding the AAAI-98 Demonstrations
Program, which will also highlight integrated systems.
Timetable for Submission
Authors must first submit their paper's title page (preferably
electronically, as described below) by Tuesday, January 20, 1998. Authors
must then submit six (6) copies of their papers in camera-ready format, to
arrive at the AAAI office no later than Thursday, January 22, 1998. Papers
received after that date will be returned unopened. Notification of receipt
will be mailed via postcard to the first author (or designated author) soon
after receipt. All inquiries regarding lost papers must be made by Tuesday,
January 27, 1998. Notification of
acceptance or rejection of submitted papers will be mailed to the first (or
designated author) by March 13, 1998. Final camera-ready copy of accepted
papers will be due on Wednesday, April 8, 1998.
Electronic Title Page
Because of the tight schedule required to assign reviewers, we require that
authors who desire to submit a full paper declare their intention by
sending AAAI a title page by Tuesday, January 20, 1998. The preferred
method is by using a world-wide web (www) browser such as NetscapeTM to
connect to the form, then filling out the form, and finally pressing the
submit button. The form can be found at
www.aaai.org/Conferences/National/1998/titlepage.html (a link to the form
is located on AAAI's home page at www.aaai.org/). After submitting the
form, the page will display a unique tracking number. Authors should
print three (3) hard copies of this electronic title page and submit them
with the six (6) copies of the body of their paper described below.
Authors who do not have access to a www browser with forms support should
mail a printed page to the AAAI office to arrive by Friday, January 16,
1998. The printed page should use the following format:
Author: (name of first author)
Address: [address of first author)
Author: (name of last author)
Address: (address of last author)
Abstract: (abstract: maximum of 200 words)
Content Areas: (primary keyword), (secondary keyword), (other
keyword1), (other keyword2), (other keyword3)
Statement of sole submission: "The author(s) certifies that this
paper has not been accepted by and is not currently under review for
another conference or journal. Nor will it be submitted for such during
AAAI-98's review period."
Acknowledgements: (if any)
To facilitate the reviewing process, authors are requested to select one
primary content area keyword, one secondary content area keyword, and up to
three other keywords from the list below, to appear on the electronic title
page and submitted paper. Please use only the exact phrases below. Do not
make up new keywords, since they will be ignored by the paper
very large knowledge bases
massively parallel systems
art and music
audition (auditory perception)
computer aided education
cooperating knowledge-based systems
distributed problem solving
decision theoretic methods
computational learning theory
explanation based learning
inductive logic programming
natural language processing
natural language generation
natural language understanding
spoken language generation
spoken language understanding
planning and control
decision theoretic planning
reasoning about physical systems
hand eye manipulation
Paper Format and Length for Blind Review
Authors are requested to submit six (6) copies of the paper for review.
Double-sided copies are strongly encouraged. In order to avoid
disagreements over paper length, authors are required this year to submit
papers for review in camera-ready format. Generic templates and macros for
AAAI format for Microsoft WordTM, LaTeX, and other systems are available at
Neither computer files nor fax submissions are acceptable.
In cases of hardship only, authors may submit a paper for review that is
not in camera-ready format. However, such submissions must be accompanied
by a cover letter explaining the hardship and demonstrating that the
combination of total words and figures in the review copy does not exceed
the specified number of proceedings pages.
The preferred length for reviewed papers is six (6) conference pages.
Authors of accepted papers may purchase up to two additional proceedings
pages for their paper, for a total of eight (8) pages, at $275/page to
be paid when the final camera-ready copy is submitted. In order not to give
reviewing advantage to authors who are willing to pay page charges, authors
may optionally submit up to a maximum of eight (8) pages for
review and decide later whether to publish only six pages at no cost or to
purchase additional pages.
Reviewing for AAAI-98 will be blind to the identities of the authors. This
requires that authors exercise some care not to identify themselves in
Each paper submission should be accompanied by three (3) copies of a title
page, separate from the body of the paper, including the title of the
paper, the names and addresses of all authors, a short abstract of less
than 200 words, a list of content areas (see above), tracking number from
electronic submission of title page (see above), statement of sole
submissions (see above), and acknowledgements (if any). The title page
should be a printout of the author's electronic title page submission on
the AAAI web site. For authors unable to use the
web site, they should follow the format described under "Electronic Title
The second page, on which the paper body begins, should include the same
title, abstract, content areas, and tracking number, 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, Clinton (Clinton 1996) has
shown that...," rather than "In our previous work (Clinton 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. Please do not staple the title page to the body of the paper.
Submissions to Multiple Conferences
AAAI-98 will not accept any paper which, 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 expected not to submit
their papers elsewhere during AAAI's review period. These restrictions
apply only to journals and conferences, and not to workshops or similar
specialized meetings with limited audiences.
The title page should include a statement that the paper is not under
review or accepted for publication in another conference or journal.
Program committee (PC) members will identify papers they are qualified to
review based on the information electronically presubmitted (e.g., the
paper's title, content areas, and abstract). This information, along with
other considerations, will be used to assign each submitted paper to three
PC members. Using the criteria given below, they will review the paper
independently. Reviews will be done blind to the identities of the authors
and their institutions. If the majority of the reviewers of a paper agree
to accept or reject it, that recommendation will be followed. If the
reviewers are unable to decide, the paper will be discussed at a meeting of
the Senior Program Committee members in March. In general, papers will be
accepted if they receive at least two positive reviews or if they generate
an interesting controversy. Final decisions on all papers will be made by
the Program Chairs.
Questions that will appear on the review form appear below. Authors are
advised to bear these questions in mind while writing their papers.
Reviewers will look for papers that meet at least some (although not
necessarily all) of the criteria in each category.
Significance: How important is the problem studied? Does the approach
offered advance the state of the art? Does the paper stimulate discussion
of important issues or alternative points of view?
Originality: Are the problems and approaches new? Is this a novel
combination of existing techniques? Does the paper point out differences
from related research? Does it address a new problem or one that has not
been studied in depth? Does it introduce an interesting research paradigm?
Does the paper describe an innovative combination of AI techniques with
techniques from other disciplines? Does it introduce an idea that appears
promising or might stimulate others to develop promising alternatives?
Quality: Is the paper technically sound? Does it carefully evaluate the
strengths and limitations of its contributions? Are its claims backed up?
Does the paper offer a new form of evidence in support of or against a
well-known technique? Does the paper back up a theoretical idea already in
the literature with experimental evidence? Does it offer a theoretical
analysis of prior experimental results?
Clarity: Is the paper clearly written? Does it motivate the research? Does
it describe the inputs, outputs, and basic algorithms employed? Are the
results described and evaluated? Is the paper organized in a logical
fashion? Is the paper written in a manner that makes its content accessible
to most AI researchers?
If authors feel that an understanding of the dynamic behavior exhibited by
their system is an important factor in judging the technical merit of the
work, they may optionally include six (6) copies of a videotape of not more
than five (5) minutes duration in NTSC-VHS (US standard only) format to the
AAAI office by Thursday, January 22, 1998, as part of their paper
submission. Tapes should be labeled only with the tracking number and title
of the paper submission; tapes cannot be returned.
Accepted papers will be allocated six (6) pages in the conference
proceedings. Up to two (2) additional pages may be used at a cost to the
authors of $275 per page. Papers exceeding eight (8) pages and those
violating the instructions to authors will not be included in the
Authors will be required to transfer copyright of their paper to AAAI.
Paper Submissions and Inquiries
Please send papers and conference registration inquiries to:
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
445 Burgess Drive Menlo Park, CA 94025-3442
Registration and call clarification inquiries (only) may be sent to the
internet address: ncai at aaai.org.
Please send program suggestions and inquiries to:
AAAI-98 Program Cochair
MERL--A Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory
201 Broadway, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
rich at merl.com
AAAI-98 Program Co-chair
CMU-LTI, Cyert 215
4910 Forbes Avenue
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3734
mostow at cs.cmu.edu
Student Abstract and Poster Program
AAAI-98 invites submissions to the student abstract and poster program. The
goal of this program is to provide a forum in which students can present
and discuss their work during its early stages, meet some of
their peers who have related interests, and introduce themselves to more
senior members of the field. The program is open to all pre-Ph.D. students.
Nonstudent advisors or collaborators should be acknowledged
appropriately, as coauthors or otherwise. However, students are requested
to honor the spirit of the program by submitting only work for which they
are primary investigators.
Requirements for Submission
Authors must submit six (6) printed copies of a two-page abstract
describing their research to arrive at the AAAI office no later than
Thursday, January 22, 1998. Abstracts received after that date will be
returned unopened. Notification of receipt will be mailed by postcard to
the author. All inquiries regarding lost abstracts must be made by Monday,
February 2, 1998. Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted
abstracts will be mailed to the author by March 18, 1998. Camera-ready copy
of accepted abstracts will be due by April 8, 1998.
All six (6) copies of a submitted abstract must be clearly legible. Neither
computer files nor fax submissions are acceptable. Submissions must be
printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch or A4 paper using 12 point type (10 characters
per inch for typewriters). Each page must have a maximum of 38 lines and an
average of 75 characters per line (corresponding to the LaTeX
article-style, 12 point).
All abstracts must be no more than two pages, not including the
bibliography. The first two pages must include the following: title; the
primary author's full name, affiliation, postal address, phone number, and
e-mail address; all co-authors' full names and affiliations; text; and any
figures, tables, or diagrams. Up to one additional page may be used
exclusively for the bibliography if necessary. Papers exceeding the
specified length and formatting requirements are subject to rejection
Submissions to AAAI-98 or Other Conferences
Students are free to submit abstracts for work reported in a regular paper
submitted to the AAAI-98 or another conference, but not for work that has
already been published. Abstracts will be accepted or rejected for the
student session regardless of the outcomes of related paper submissions.
Each abstract will be reviewed against the following criteria:
Significance: Does the work address an important problem? Is the potential
contribution of the approach clear? Has the author placed the work
critically in context of the current field?
Originality: Is this a novel problem or approach? Is related work cited and
contrasted to this approach?
Clarity: Is the abstract clearly written? Is the state of development of
the work clear? Are theoretical or actual examples given? If no results are
presented, is the feasibility of the approach evident?
Accepted abstracts will be allocated one (1) page in the conference
proceedings. Students will be required to transfer copyright of the
abstract to AAAI.
Accepted abstracts will be allocated presentation time and space in the
student poster display area at the conference. Student authors of accepted
abstracts must agree to prepare a poster representing the work
described in their abstracts and to be available to discuss their work with
visitors during their allocated time in the student poster display area.
Student Abstract Submissions & Inquiries
Please send abstracts to:
AAAI-98 Student Abstracts
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
445 Burgess Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025-3442 USA
Registration and call clarification inquiries (only) may be sent to the
internet address: ncai at aaai.org.
Please send student program suggestions and inquiries to:
Michael L. Littman
Department of Computer Science
Duke University, Box 90129
Durham, NC 27708-0129
mlittman at cs.duke.edu
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