The Proceedings of the annual AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (formerly the Proceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence) include the peer-reviewed papers of the conference's technical program, and contains substantial, original research and practices influencing AI's development throughout the world. The technical program features substantial, original research and practices. Conference panel discussions and invited presentations identify significant social, philosophical, and economic issues influencing AI's development throughout the world. The conference often includes a comprehensive slate of tutorials, workshops, the satellite IAAI conference, the EAAI symposium, the doctoral consortium, demos, videos, exhibits, invited talks and panels, student abstracts, and special presentations by senior members and representatives from affiliated communities. These activities are organized around the core of technical sessions comprising presentations of original research contributions.

The proceedings was first published in 1980 (at Stanford University, near Palo Alto, California USA). It has been published annually ever since. In 1981, 1985, 1989, 1995, 2001, and 2003, and 2009, the conference was held jointly with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and the proceedings were published under the auspices of the international organization. 

The proceedings are sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, which has chosen to provide them in open access to the entire worldwide scientific community. Copyright to individual papers as well as the proceedings as a whole is fully owned by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Permission is required for republication. Please consult the AAAI copyright form for details.

AAAI is a participant in project Orchid, CrossRef (which assigns document object identifiers to the individual papers), and, through the Public Knowledge Project, the LOCKSS program.