AAAI-21 Tutorial Forum: Call for Proposals

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

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

The AAAI-21 Program Committee invites proposals for the Tutorial Forum of the Thirty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-21). The Tutorial Forum will be held February 3, 2021. Anyone interested in presenting a tutorial at AAAI-21 should submit a proposal as detailed below.



Key Dates

  • August 28, 2020: Tutorial proposals due (see submission procedure below)
  • September 25, 2020: Tutorial acceptance decisions mailed to proposers
  • October 9, 2020: Tutorial descriptions, autobiographical statements, and speaker photos due
  • January 4, 2021: Completed course materials must be posted on speaker’s website
  • February 3, 2021: AAAI-21 Tutorial Forum

What Is the Tutorial Forum?

The Tutorial Forum provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to spend time each year freely exploring exciting advances in disciplines outside their normal focus. We believe this type of forum is essential for the cross fertilization, cohesiveness, and vitality of the AI field. We all have a lot to learn from each other; the Tutorial Forum promotes the continuing education of each member of AAAI. To encourage maximum participation by technical conference registrants, only a small commitment fee will be charged for admittance to the 2021 tutorials.


Our goal is to present a diverse program that includes core areas of AI, new techniques from allied disciplines that can inform research within AI, and emerging applications of AI techniques to new areas. In addition to tutorials that teach a core area within AI, we encourage proposals from areas that are closely related to AI such as core robotics, operations research techniques relevant for AI, linguistics research applicable to language processing, for example. We strongly encourage proposals that have a hands-on component. We additionally solicit tutorials by organizers of various competitions within the sub-fields of AI (RoboCup, planning competition, SAT competition, and so on) describing the current state of the art and tools available for new students to enter the competitions. We also solicit proposals from applied researchers who may have used AI techniques in deployed applications within industry. Novel proposals are highly encouraged.


The majority of tutorials in the past have been half a day (3 hours, 30 minutes, plus 30-minute break), but we are also seeking quarter-day tutorials (1 hour, 45 minutes).

Submission Requirements

Each proposal should ideally be 2-3 pages long, excluding CVs of presenters and supplementary materials, in AAAI style format. The proposal should include the following items:

  • Title of the tutorial
  • Subarea within AI/Keywords: Please give a few keywords of different granularity. For example a tutorial on AlphaGo should write: Game Playing, Machine Learning, Deep-Learning, AlphaGo.
  • Name, affiliation, and email addresses of presenters
  • Suggested duration: Half day (3 hours, 30 minutes, plus 30-minute break) or quarter day (1 hour, 45 minutes).
  • Goal of the tutorial (1-2 paragraphs): Who is the target audience? What will the audience walk away with? What makes the topic innovative?
  • Tutorial outline (1 paragraph): A short abstract of the tutorial content.
  • History: List of previous venues and approximate audience sizes, if the same or a similar tutorial has been given elsewhere.
  • Estimated number of participants: Please estimate the audience size (large audience is not always preferable).
  • Prerequisite knowledge (1 paragraph): What knowledge is assumed of the target audience.
  • Content (as many paragraphs as needed): Detailed outline of the tutorial.
  • (Optional) Supplementary materials: List of supplemental materials augmented with samples, such as past tutorial slides and survey articles, whenever possible. Be as complete as possible.
  • CVs of presenters: A short CV (1-2 pages) for each presenter that includes their name, affiliation, current position (e.g., Ph.D. student, Postdoc, Professor, Researcher, etc.), mailing address, phone number, and email address. The CVs should also describe their background in the tutorial area, including a list of relevant publications and/or presentations; any available examples of work in the area (ideally, a published tutorial-level article or presentation materials on the subject); evidence of teaching experience (courses taught or references); and evidence of scholarship in AI or computer science.

Submission Procedure

Proposals should be submitted by August 28, 2020 (submission site). The submission file must be in PDF format, ideally formatted using the AAAI style file. All information should be collated into one PDF file for submission. If it is necessary to refer to information in another format, such as video, the link to this material should be contained in the submitted PDF.

Decisions about the tutorial program will be sent out by September 25, 2020. Speakers should be prepared to finalize their tutorial descriptions and bios by October 9, 2020, and to post completed course materials on their websites by January 4, 2021.

Questions and Inquiries

Please do not hesitate to consult the AAAI-21 Tutorial Forum Cochairs on any matter by sending emails to

AAAI-21 Tutorial Forum Cochairs

K. Brent Venable
IHMC and Tulane University, USA

Balaraman Ravindran
IIT Madras, India

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