[DL] AAAI-11: Call for Tutorials
Thomas.Lukasiewicz at comlab.ox.ac.uk
Thu Nov 4 15:50:35 CET 2010
/Call for Proposals/
*AAAI-11 Tutorial Forum*
Twenty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
August 7-11, 2011 * San Francisco, California, USA
/Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial
The AAAI-11 Program Committee invites proposals for the Tutorial Forum
of the Twenty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
(AAAI-11). The Tutorial Forum will be held August 7-8, 2011 in San
Francisco. Anyone interested in presenting a tutorial at AAAI-11 should
submit a proposal to the 2011 Tutorial Forum Cochairs (listed below) via
*What Is the Tutorial Forum?*
The Tutorial Forum provides an opportunity for junior and senior
researchers to spend two days 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
the AAAI. To encourage full participation by technical conference
registrants, no separate fee will be charged for admittance to the
Tutorial Forum in 2011.
AAAI is interested in proposals for advanced tutorials at the leading
edge of AI. We are particularly interested in tutorials that offer two
types of knowledge. The first type provides in-depth background tools to
help educate researchers and students for the purpose of conducting AI
research; examples of this type of tutorials from AAAI-10 include
"Sampling Techniques for Probabilistic and Deterministic Graphical
Models," "Voting Theory," and "Reinforcement Learning Algorithms for
MDPs." A second type of tutorial provides a broad overview for an AI
area that potentially crosses boundaries with an interesting application
area; examples of this type of tutorial from AAAI-10 include "Exploiting
Statistical and Relational Information on the Web and in Social Media:
Applications, Techniques, and New Frontiers," "Towards Intelligent Web
Search: Inferring Searcher Intent," and "Machine Learning Meets
Knowledge Representation in the Semantic Web."
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 conversely emerging applications of AI techniques to new areas.
Previous years' tutorial programs provide an indication of the scope and
variety of possible topics. The list is not exclusive; indeed, we are
expressly interested in topics that we would not have imagined to
mention. Finally, note that we very much welcome proposals for
educational approaches that go beyond the traditional format of
four-hour tutorials, exploiting the flexibility that the open format
We need two kinds of information in the proposals: information that will
be used for selecting proposals and information that will appear in the
tutorial description brochure. The proposal should provide sufficient
information to evaluate the quality of the technical content being
taught, the quality of the educational material being used, and the
speakers' skill at presenting this material.
Each proposal should include at least the following:
/Goal of the tutorial:/ Who is the target audience? What will the
audience walk away with? What makes the topic innovative?
/History:/ List of previous venues and approximate audience sizes, if
the same or a similar tutorial has been given elsewhere; otherwise an
estimate of the audience size.
/Content:/ Detailed outline and list of additional materials, augmented
with samples, such as past tutorial slides and survey articles, whenever
possible. Be as complete as possible.
/Tutorial description:/ A short paragraph summarizing the tutorial
outline, and the intended duration of the symposium (default is four hours).
/Prerequisite knowledge:/ What knowledge is assumed of the target audience.
Please also submit the following information about the team of
presenters: name, mailing address, phone number, email address;
background in the tutorial area, including a list of 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.
Proposals must be received by December 3, 2010. Decisions about the
tutorial program will be made by January 14, 2011. Speakers should be
prepared to submit their tutorial descriptions and bios by January 28,
2011, and to post completed course materials on their websites by July
1, 2011. Submissions must be in pdf format and made via EasyChair at
Oxford University Computing Laboratory
Wolfson Building, Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QD, UK
Thomas.Lukasiewicz at comlab.ox.ac.uk
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
ppantel at microsoft.com
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