AAAI-98 Call for Papers

Carol Hamilton hamilton at
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
conference format.

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
(description follows).

Please watch the conference home page at 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 (a link to the form
is located on AAAI's home page at 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:

       Title: (title)
       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)

Content Areas

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
classification software.

       AI architectures
              agent architectures
              software agents
       AI systems
              very large knowledge bases
              massively parallel systems
       art and music
       artificial life
       audition (auditory perception)
       automated reasoning
       automatic programming
       belief revision
       case-based reasoning
       cognitive modeling
       commonsense reasoning
       computational complexity
       computer aided education
       constraint satisfaction
       decision theory
       distributed AI
              blackboard systems
              cooperating knowledge-based systems
              distributed problem solving
              multiagent planning
              multiagent systems
              social agents
       enabling technologies
       evolutionary computing
              genetic algorithms
              genetic programming
       expert systems
       fuzzy reasoning
       game playing
       geometric reasoning
       information retrieval
       knowledge acquisition
       knowledge representation
              decision theoretic methods
              description logics
              nonmonotonic reasoning
       lifelike characters
       logic programming
       machine learning
              analogical learning
              Bayesian learning
              case-based learning
              computational learning theory
              connectionist learning
              constructive induction
              decision-tree learning
              explanation based learning
              inductive learning
              inductive logic programming
              multistrategy learning
              reinforcement learning
              speedup learning
              scientific discovery
              theory refinement
              unsupervised learning
       mathematical foundations
       model-based reasoning
       natural language processing
              corpus-based methods
              formal models
              machine translation
              natural language generation
              natural language understanding
              spoken language generation
              spoken language understanding
       neural networks
       philosophical foundations
       plan recognition
       planning and control
              anytime planning
              decision theoretic planning
              hierarchical planning
              plan evaluation
              plan execution
              plan monitoring
              reactive control
              situated reasoning
       probabilistic reasoning
       problem solving
       real-time systems
       reasoning about physical systems
              automated modeling
              causal reasoning
              qualitative reasoning
              selective perception
              cognitive maps
              hand eye manipulation
       spatial reasoning
       temporal reasoning
       theorem proving
       user interfaces
       virtual reality

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
their papers.

Title Page

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
Page" above.

Paper Body

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.

Review Process

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.

Review Criteria

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?

Videotape Support

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

Please send program suggestions and inquiries to:

       Charles Rich
       AAAI-98 Program Cochair
       MERL--A Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory
       201 Broadway, 8th Floor
       Cambridge, MA 02139
       rich at

       Jack Mostow
       AAAI-98 Program Co-chair
       CMU-LTI, Cyert 215
       4910 Forbes Avenue
       Carnegie Mellon University
       Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3734
       mostow at


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.

Abstract Format

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
without review.

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.

Review Criteria

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.

Poster Session

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

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

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