[DL] ECAI 2016 - Second call for papers

Suzan Verberne s.verberne at cs.ru.nl
Mon Feb 1 10:50:10 CET 2016


22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence – ECAI 2016 (

29 August - 2 September 2016, The Hague, The Netherlands

The biennial European Conference  on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) is
Europe’s premier venue for presenting  scientific results in AI.  Under the
general theme of “AI for human values”, the 22nd edition of ECAI will be
held in the city of The Hague, in sight the Peace Palace, seat of the
International Court of Justice, a location highly appropriate to the
conference theme. The conference dates are 29 August - 2 September 2016,
with the workshops taking place on 29-30 August.

We invite the submission of papers for the technical programme of the 2016
European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2016). High-quality
original submissions are welcome from all areas of Artificial Intelligence.
The following list of topics is indicative; other topics are welcome.

• Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems
• Constraints, Satisfiability, and Search
• Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, and Logic
• Machine Learning and Data Mining
• Natural Language Processing
• Planning and Scheduling
• Robotics, Perception and Vision
• Uncertainty in AI
• Web and Knowledge-based Information Systems
• Cognitive Modeling and Cognitive Architectures
• Agent-based and integrated systems
• Multidisciplinary topics relevant to artificial intelligence

ECAI 2016 also welcomes contributions to a special topic: Artificial
Intelligence for Human Values, addressing the ethical, legal, and societal
impact of AI.

== Important dates ==

• Paper submission: 15th April 2016 (23:59:59 CET)
• Author feedback: 29th-31st May 2016
• Notification of acceptance/rejection: 7th June 2016

== Formatting ==

Submitted papers must be formatted according to the camera-ready style for
ECAI'16 available at
http://www.ecai2016.org/content/uploads/2015/10/ecai.tar.gz, and submitted
electronically in PDF format through ecai2016.confmaster.net. Authorship is
not anonymous.

Papers are allowed eight (8) pages. An additional page containing the list
of references is allowed---as long as this ninth page contains only
references. Short papers, not exceeding two (2) pages, may be submitted for
poster presentation and will be subjected to light review. Accepted short
papers will not be published in the conference proceedings. Over-length
submissions will be rejected without review.

== Originality ==

Submissions must be original, and in particular should not previously have
been formally published, accepted for publication, or be currently under
review. Also, submissions must not be submitted elsewhere during the ECAI
2016 reviewing phase. These restrictions apply to journals and conferences,
not to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited
audience and without archival proceedings.

== Submitting and reviewing ==

All long paper submissions will be subject to peer review by the ECAI 2016
Program Committee, and evaluated on the basis of:

• significance of contribution
• originality of contribution
• relevance to ECAI
• technical quality
• presentation quality
• scholarship

Short paper submissions will be evaluated mostly on the basis of
originality and potential impact.

Submission and review of papers for ECAI 2016 will be managed via the
ConfMaster system: ecai2016.confmaster.net.

2016 is a uniquely busy year for the AI reviewing community, because of the
occurrence of IJCAI, ECAI and AAAI, all within months of each other. In
order to ensure continuing high reviewing standards, ECAI will introduce
two innovations into the reviewing process this year.

First, ECAI 2016 provides a way to improve the continuity of the reviewing
process. In cases where papers were previously rejected by IJCAI-2016, and
have been revised for submission to ECAI, the ECAI process will enable
authors to upload the IJCAI reviews of their papers and a response letter
explaining changes in the revised submitted version, for consideration
during the ECAI reviewing process. This innovation is intended to reduce
the “lottery” effect which can happen when revised versions are reviewed by
a new team of reviewers.

Second, Senior Programme Committee members will have the power to Summarily
Reject a paper if, according to the member's expert judgment, the paper
falls too far below ECAI standards to justify further reviewing effort.
This change to the reviewing procedure is intended to reduce the load on
the reviewers.

These innovations are being supported by the confmaster system, so authors
should follow confmaster instructions on submission of their papers.

== Proceedings and presentation ==

The proceedings of the conference will be published by IOS Press, and made
freely available  on the IOS website. The chairs of ECAI 2016 are currently
in negotiation with a well known journal to seed a special issue of ECAI
papers. The details of this arrangement will be confirmed shortly.

The authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready copies of papers
in PDF format, conforming to the ECAI'16 formatting guidelines for
inclusion in the published proceedings of the conference.  At least one
author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to
present the contribution.

== Workshops and events ==

Separate calls are issued for workshop and tutorial proposals, as well as
for contributions to PAIS 2016, the Prestigious Applications of Intelligent
Systems conference, and  STAIRS 2016, the Starting AI Researcher Symposium.

This year ECAI will host AIckathon, the first hackathon for development of
AI apps. Details of this competition, and rules for participation, will be
issued separately.

Suzan Verberne, postdoctoral researcher
Information Foraging Lab, Institute for Computing and Information Sciences
Radboud University Nijmegen
Tel: 0031 24 36 53431/15775
Email: s.verberne at cs.ru.nl
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