Date: September 7th 2012


IJCAI-2013 Call for Workshop Proposals

The IJCAI-13 Program Committee invites proposals for the Workshop Program, to be held Aug 3-4, 2013 in Beijing, China, immediately prior to the technical conference. IJCAI-13 workshops will provide an informal setting where participants will have the opportunity to discuss specific technical topics in an atmosphere that promotes the active exchange of ideas.

All members of the AI community are invited to submit workshop proposals for review. We particularly encourage submissions of workshops that focus on emerging topics and applications, on open research questions and challenges, or cross discipline topics that foster exchange of ideas between groups that might otherwise be unaware of each other's research. We also encourage proposals for continuations of workshops that were previously held at discipline specific conferences (e.g., ICML, ICAPS, AAMAS...), and are likely to attract a wider audience. The workshop program is intended to complement the formal technical program of the main conference and to support more in-depth interactions. To facilitate these goals and in keeping with previous IJCAIs, each workshop should schedule ample time for discussions.

Workshops can vary in length from half a day to two days. To cover costs, it will be necessary to charge workshop participants a workshop fee, which is separate from the main conference fee. Workshop attendees do not need to register for the main IJCAI conference, but are encouraged to do so. IJCAI reserves the right to cancel any workshop if too few attendees register for the workshop to support its running costs.

Important Dates:
October 20, 2012 - Proposal submission deadline
November 20, 2012 - Acceptance notification
December 15, 2012 - IJCAI-13 workshop program announced
June 15, 2012 - Deadline for completed workshop notes submission to local organizer
Aug 3-4, 2013 - IJCAI-13 Workshops, Beijing, China

Although we will not require all workshops to follow the same deadlines, for those who wish to coordinate their dates with the other workshops, we suggest the following dates:

November 25, 2012 - Post the call for participation
April 20, 2013 - Submission of contributions to workshops
May 20, 2013 - Workshop paper acceptance notification
May 30, 2013 - Deadline for final camera ready copy to workshop organizer

IJCAI-13 Workshops Requirements for Proposal Submission

The workshop proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file through the Easychair system; the submission website is

http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wpijcai13

Each proposal should contain the following information:

(*) A brief technical description of the workshop, specifying the workshop goals and the technical issues that will be its focus, together with a brief discussion of why and to whom the workshop is of interest, and of the impact it is expected to have (max 2 pages).

(*) A preliminary workshop format and a proposed schedule for organizing the workshop, including desired length for the workshop (0.5-day, 1-day, 1.5-day or 2-day). Please indicate if you intend to have any activities other than contributed talks (e.g., an invited talk, a panel, or a poster session).

(*) A tentative list of PC members (including their full names and affiliations), as well as their level of commitment to serve on the PC (e.g., "accepted", "invited, but not yet accepted", "to be invited")

(*) A list of related workshops held within the last three years, if any, and their relation to the proposed workshop. If this workshop is a continuation of a workshop from a more area specific conference, AAAI or another IJCAI, please indicate that. If available, please provide the number of submitted/accepted papers and approximate attendance numbers for the past editions of the workshop.

(*) The names, email addresses, and URLs of web pages of the organizing committee members. The committee should consist of two to four people knowledgeable in the area who do not all work at the same institution. Strong proposals include organizers who bring differing perspectives to the workshop topic and who are actively connected to the communities of potential participants.

(*) The primary contact for the organizing committee.

(*) Brief CVs of the individual organizing committee members, including a list of key publications demonstrating scholarship in the field and a list of workshops previously arranged, if any (max 2 pages).

Selection process:

The selection of the workshops to be included in the final program will be based upon multiple factors, including the scientific/technical interest of the topics in relation to the anticipated IJCAI audience, the quality of the proposal, the balance and distinctness of topics across all workshops, the history of past attendance for non-first-time workshops, and the capacity of the conference workshop program. Note that authors of proposals addressing similar and/or overlapping content areas and/or audiences may be requested to merge their proposals.

For all accepted proposals, IJCAI will be responsible for:

(*) Providing publicity for the workshop series as a whole.
(*) Providing logistic support and a meeting place for the workshop. Together with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time. Note: workshop date will depend on other workshops being held; we will make every effort to deconflict topics from similar communities.
(*) Electronically distributing working notes.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:

(*) Setting up a Web site for the workshop and providing a link to this Web site to the workshop chairs.
(*) Advertising the particular workshop and issuing a call for participation/papers. While the call should invite participation from all members of the AI community, it should also indicate how the Organizing Committee will select and limit the number of participants.
(*) Making the PDF of the whole workshop notes available to the Local Chair of IJCAI by June 15th, 2013, together with a list of audio-visual requirements and any special room requirements.
(*) Ensuring that the workshop organizers and the participants register for the workshop and are invited to register to the main conference.
(*) Coordinating and moderating workshop participation and content.
(*) Devising a schedule that meshes with shared breaks.

Please send all inquiries to the IJCAI-2013 Workshop Program co-chairs, Eyal Amir (eyal@illinois.edu) and Edith Elkind (eelkind@ntu.edu.sg).

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