AAAI-20 Senior Member Presentation Track

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Computing Community Consortium

Call for Papers

Important Dates

  • September 13, 2019: Electronic submissions of talks and papers due
  • October 11, 2019: Notification of acceptance or rejection
  • November 21, 2019: Camera-ready versions at the AAAI office

The Senior Member Presentation Track (SMPT) provides an opportunity for established researchers in the AI community to give a broad talk on a well-developed body of research, an important new research area, or a promising new topic. These presentations should provide a big picture view, in contrast to regular papers, which may focus on a specific contribution. Submissions include a proposal for a talk and a paper (in the AAAI format) covering the topic of the talk. Senior members of AI are researchers who are well established in their research area.

The 2020 program will include the following papers. The schedule of presentations is included in the Technical Program Schedule.


Blue Sky Ideas Talks

Back to the Future for Dialogue Research
Philip R. Cohen

Unveiling Hidden Intentions
Gerardo Ocampo Diaz, Vincent Ng

Collective Information
Ulle Endriss

Assessing Ethical Thinking about AI
Judy Goldsmith, Emanuelle Burton, David M. Dueber, Beth Goldstein, Shannon Sampson, Michael D. Toland

AI for Software Quality Assurance Blue Sky Ideas Talk
Meir Kalech, Roni Stern

AI for Explaining Decisions in Multi-Agent Environments
Sarit Kraus, Amos Azaria, Jelena Fiosina, Maike Greve, Noam Hazon, Lutz Kolbe, Tim-Benjamin Lembcke, Jorg P. Muller, Soren Schleibaum, Mark Vollrath

Open-World Learning for Radically Autonomous Agents
Pat Langley

Learning on the Job: Online Lifelong and Continual Learning
Bing Liu


Summary Talks

Online Fair Division: A Survey
Martin Aleksandrov, Toby Walsh

Developments in Multi-Agent Fair Allocation
Haris Aziz

Let’s Learn their Language? A Case for Planning with Automata-Network Languages from Model Checking
Jorg Hoffmann, Holger Hermanns, Michaela Klauck, Marcel Steinmetz, Erez Karpas, Daniele Magazzeni

Software Testing for Machine Learning
Dusica Marijan, Arnaud Gotlieb

On the Robustness of Face Recognition Algorithms against Attacks and Bias
Richa Singh, Akshay Agarwal, Maneet Singh, Shruti Nagpal, Mayank Vatsa

Generalized Arc Consistency Algorithms for Table Constraints: A Summary of Algorithmic Ideas
Roland H. C. Yap, Wei Xia, Ruiwei Wang

This track will be run in the same fashion as in AAAI 2019. In particular, the following features will be continued:

  • Subtracks (summary talks and blue sky ideas talks)
  • Talks come with a paper in the proceedings
  • Three grants for the best three proposals in the blue sky ideas track, given by the Computing Community Consortium.


This track is open to researchers who are at least 5 years past their PhD, have acquired international recognition for their work, and have established a significant publication record of AI-related research in AI conferences and journals. While papers can be co-authored, a senior member must be first author and must give the talk at AAAI.

It is important to note that you do not have to be a AAAI Fellow nor hold the official status of Senior Member of AAAI in order to submit to the Senior Member Presentation Track.


There are two subtracks for submissions of talk proposals for the SMPT:

Summary talks: Broad talks on a well-developed body of research or an important new research area. They generally will also include results obtained by researchers other than the speaker.

Blue Sky Ideas talks: These presentations aim at presenting ideas and visions that can stimulate the research community to pursue new directions, e.g., new problems, new application domains, or new methodologies that are likely to stimulate significant new research. The presenter should find the right arguments to convince the audience that the topic is promising, and should relate the talk as much as possible to the existing literature. The Blue Sky Ideas track will be sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium, which will give three awards ($1000, $750 and $500), for the three best submissions in this category, to be used as travel grants for the presenters. See the Computing Community Consortium for more on blue sky ideas talks.

Proposal / Paper Submission

A proposal for the SMPT includes two parts.

Part 1: Talk Outline and CV

The first part of the proposal should include the title, an abstract and an outline of the suggested talk. All these in 1 page (in any reasonable format). In addition it should also include a short CV (up to 2 pages in any reasonable format) for a total of 3 pages for part 1. The CV should also include evidence that the proposer is qualified to talk about the topic, such as specific contributions of the proposer to the proposed topic (in the case of a summary talk) or contributions of the proposer in related topics (in the case of a blue sky ideas talk). To show the broadness of the topic, proposals are required to cite at least 3 papers in the suggested topic which were published by different authors in the last 3 years in a highly competitive venue. (This applies to summary talks only.)

Part 2: Summary Paper

Researchers who submit talk proposals must also submit a paper. Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings. Papers should cover the same topic as the talk and are intended to give a personal synthetic view of the topic, together with appropriate references. The papers should be self-contained and are intended to be accessible for anyone including people who did not attend the talk. The papers should be formatted as PDF files using the AAAI style. Submissions are not anonymous. They should include the names and affiliations of the authors. The length of the papers depends on the track: between 2 and 6 pages for the summary talks track, and between 2 and 4 pages for the blue sky ideas track. An additional page for references is also allowed (that is, 6+1 and 4+1, for each of the tracks, respectively).

Submission Process

Senior Member Track Submission site (available July 2019)

Please select “AAAI-20 Senior Member Presentation Track” on the AAAI-20 submission site. Complete the online submission form and then submit all of the information required for the track in one PDF. Begin each section of your submission on a new page. Add your sub-track (i.e., summary talks or blue sky ideas talks) as a sub-title on the first page. Your submission should include no more than 3 pages for the Talk outline plus CV and no more than 4+1 or 6+1 pages for the blue sky ideas or the summary talk papers, respectively.

Reviewing Process

All senior member talk proposals and the corresponding papers will be reviewed by qualified members of the AAAI program committee. The reviewers of the papers will follow guidelines specifically tailored to the senior member track and will check the quality and clarity of the paper.

The final decisions on acceptance will be made by the track cochairs.

Senior Member Track CoChairs

Judy Goldsmith
University of Kentucky, USA

Sven Koenig
University of Southern California, USA

Questions and Suggestions

Some questions are answered below. Please contact the SMPT cochairs for any additional questions or suggestions.

Q: How can I know whether I am considered senior enough?

As a general rule this track is designed for researchers who are well established in their research area. They should be a significant number of years away from their PhD and have published a significant number of papers in the top AI conferences and journals. However, exceptions are possible and will be considered on a per case basis.

Q: Can submissions be coauthored?

Naturally, the talks include one presenter only. However, the papers submitted might include other authors. The first author must be the talk presenter.

Q: Does submitting a 6-page paper increase the chances of my talk being accepted when compared to a shorter paper?

Not at all. All submissions will be reviewed/considered along the same review criteria.

Q: Is there any relation between this track and the status of Senior Member of AAAI.

Not at all. Anyone who meets the criteria above can submit. You do not have to hold the status of a Senior Member of AAAI nor be a AAAI Fellow.

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