AAAI-21 Demonstrations Program

The Thirty-Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence
February 2-9, 2021

Call for Demonstrations

Timetable for Authors

  • August 1, 2020 – September 18, 2020: Authors register on AAAI-21 submission site
  • September 18, 2020: Full submissions (short paper and video or slides) due
  • October 23, 2020: Notifications of acceptance or rejection sent to authors, accompanied by detailed reviews
  • November 18, 2020: Camera-ready copy due

The AAAI-21 Demonstrations Program is intended to foster discussion and exchange of ideas among researchers and practitioners from academia and industry by presenting software and hardware systems and research prototypes of such systems, including their capabilities and workings. Given that AAAI-21 will be fully virtual, all accepted demos will be allocated time in the virtual program. Full details will be available as plans for the virtual conference develop, and will be updated on this page. Our intention is that demonstrations will include a virtual audience participation component (i.e., the final format will not be merely showcasing static videos). Accepted demonstrations will also have a short paper included in the proceedings.

Topics of Interest

The Demonstrations Program welcomes presentations of systems on all topics of mainstream AI (see the topic descriptions of the main AAAI and IAAI conference tracks). Promising topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cognitive systems
  • Decision making systems
  • Educational software and hardware tools for AI
  • Environment-aware agent behaviors
  • Game playing programs
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Intelligent collaborative systems
  • Intelligent control systems
  • Intelligent graphical user interfaces
  • Intelligent tutoring systems
  • Natural language processing and speech recognition
  • Peripheral hardware running on dedicated devices
  • Robots
  • Visual processing
  • Web services

Proposed demonstrations must present new ideas, which are not already established in mainstream products or services. However, the demonstration need not run solely at the conference; it is acceptable to present systems that have been showcased elsewhere in the recent past. Captivating demonstrations will be given an advantage in the review process.

Submissions from everyone, including authors of paper submissions to AAAI, IAAI, and AAAI-21 workshops, are encouraged. Work submitted to other tracks can also be submitted to the Demonstrations Program in the format prescribed below, and it will be evaluated independently according to the Demonstrations review process.

Author Registration

Authors must register at the AAAI-21 submission site before submitting their expressions of interest. Authors should select “Demo Track.” The software will assign a password, which will enable the author to log on and submit their work. Authors are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible, well in advance of the September 18 deadline.

  • Registration will close at 11:59 PM PDT on September 18, 2020.
  • Final demo paper submission will close at 11:59 PM PDT on September 18, 2020.

Submission and Review Process

Authors are required to submit two items: (1) a 2-page short paper describing their system, plus (1) page of references only, formatted in AAAI two-column style, and (2) a video (of duration up to 10 minutes) of the proposed demonstration. Slides are also permitted in lieu of video, but greater weight will be given to submissions accompanied by videos. The paper must present the technical details of the demonstration, discuss related work, and describe the significance of the demonstration. The paper must contain previously unpublished work. If accepted, authors will be required to transfer copyright of their paper to AAAI. For more information on the AAAI style, please download the AAAI Press author kit.

In accordance with past years of AAAI, submissions may be either single blind (i.e., reviewers are blind, authors have names on submission) or double blind (i.e., authors and reviewers are blind). Submissions in either format are appropriate for the demos track.

Final decisions will be accompanied by detailed reviews. Submissions will be judged for clarity, the significance of the proposed demonstration, and its relevance to the AI community, as well as ability to engage audiences. The Demonstrations Program Chairs reserve the right to reject submissions that are insufficiently relevant to this track.

At least one member of every demonstration must register for and attend AAAI-21. The conference registrant will be responsible for creating the exhibit according to provided information about the format.


To foster the presentation of exciting demonstrations, AAAI-21 will present an award for the Best Demonstration. The award will be granted on the basis of audience and reviewer evaluations.


Researchers and practitioners showing a demonstration will provide equipment and material for the successful operation of their demonstration during the appropriate time period. Special arrangements for the demonstration’s virtual presentation must be arranged through the Demonstrations Program Chairs no later than 60 days prior to the start of the conference. Because demonstration arrangements are being developed as events unfold, the Chairs will be in communication with the authors of accepted demonstrations about their requirements and individual setups.

Questions and Suggestions

  • Concerning author instructions and conference registration, write to
  • Concerning suggestions for the program and other inquiries about the Demos program specifically, write to both AAAI-21 Demonstrations Program Chairs below.

Demonstrations Program Cochairs

Kartik Talamadupula (IBM Research, USA)

Cynthia Matuszek (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)

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