Call for Proposals: AAAI-21 Workshop Program

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

The AAAI-21 Program Committee invites proposals for the Workshop Program of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s Thirty-Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-21).

Important Dates for Workshop Organizers


  • Friday, July 31, 2020: Proposals for Workshops Due
  • Friday, August 21, 2020: Decisions Sent to Organizers
  • Friday, August 28, 2020: Workshop CFP Due at AAAI
  • Friday, November 9, 2020: Workshop Submissions Due to Organizers
  • Monday, November 30, 2020: Notifications Sent to Authors
  • Friday, December 4, 2020: List of Participants Due at AAAI

Formats

Workshops are scheduled to be held at the end of the conference, February 8-9, 2021. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with a selected focus — providing an informal setting for active exchange among researchers, developers and users on topics of current interest. Members of all segments of the AI community are encouraged to submit proposals. To foster interaction and exchange of ideas, the workshops will be kept small, with approximately 25-65 participants. Attendance is occasionally limited to active participants only, but most workshops allow general registration by all interested individuals. The format of workshops will be determined by their organizers, who are encouraged to leave ample time for general discussion. Workshops will typically be one full day in length, although half-day and two-day proposals will also be considered.

The AAAI-21 Workshop co-chairs particularly encourage the submission of proposals for interdisciplinary workshops, which may involve co-organizers that are from disciplines other than AI, or may attract participants from disciplines other than AI. Proposals that focus on important or novel application domains for AI are also encouraged.

Proposal Content

Proposals for workshops should be about two (2) pages in length, and should contain the following:

  • A description of the workshop topic. Identify the specific issues on which the workshop will focus.
  • A brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest at this time, including a discussion of prior workshops in this area (if applicable).
  • A brief description highlighting the organizing committee’s expertise in the area and experience organizing similar events.
  • A brief description of the proposed workshop format, regarding the mix of events such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, and general discussion.
  • An indication as to whether the workshop should be considered for a half-day, one, or two-day meeting.
  • The names and full contact information (email and postal addresses, fax and telephone numbers) of the organizing committee – three or four people knowledgeable in the field-and short descriptions of their relevant expertise. (Please specify the main contact.) Strong proposals include organizers who bring differing perspectives to the workshop topic and who are actively connected to the communities of potential participants.
  • A list of comparable workshops, either from AAAI or similar conferences, with corresponding links to further details. Please indicate specifically if this workshop is part of a continuing series.

Workshops are an excellent forum for exploring emerging approaches and task areas, for bridging the gaps between AI and other fields or between subfields of AI, for elucidating the results of exploratory research, or for critiquing existing approaches. Because workshops are intended for focused exploration of special topics, topics that are already the subject of regular meetings are not appropriate.

Workshop Organization

Workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:

Producing a call for participation. The call for participation is due no later than August 28, 2020. It will be posted on the AAAI web site. Organizers are responsible for additional publicity such as distributing the CFP to relevant newsgroups and electronic mailing lists, and especially to potential audiences from outside the AAAI community. Organizers are encouraged to maintain their own web site with updated information about the workshop.
 
Selecting participants. Workshop attendance is by invitation of the organizers. Selection of attendees will be made by the organizers on the basis of submissions due November 9, 2020. Workshop organizers will need to provide AAAI with a preliminary list of the participants by December 4, 2020. (The early registration deadline is scheduled for December 11.)
 
Workshop paper publication. AAAI no longer produces workshop technical reports and does not post workshop papers in its digital library. Workshop organizers are free to pursue other publishing channels. Organizers are responsible for coordination of this process and should communicate directly with their accepted authors regarding deadlines and other issues.
 
AAAI will provide logistical support, virtual meeting support for the workshops, and will determine the dates and times of the workshops. AAAI reserves the right to drop any workshop if the organizers miss the above deadlines or if there is insufficient participation. Workshops are not to be used as a vehicle for marketing products. A reduced workshop registration fee will be offered to AAAI-21 technical program registrants.

Proposal Submission

Please submit your workshop proposals to the EasyChair submission site no later than July 31, 2020 (no postal submissions). PDF format is required. Organizers will be notified of the committee’s decision by August 21, 2020. Inquiries concerning workshop submissions may be directed to the workshop cochairs at aaai21ws@aaai.org. All other inquiries should be directed to AAAI at aaai21@aaai.org.

AAAI Workshop Cochairs

Biplav Srivastava (University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA)
Lyle Ungar (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

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