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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: FAIRS'08 - Forum for AI Research Students 2008

FAIRS'08 - Forum for AI Research Students 2008
Call for Participation  
A full day of workshops and presentations FREE TO STUDENTS
December 8th 2008, Cambridge, UK
Deadline for applications: November 17th 2008

AI-2008 is the latest in the leading series of UK-based international conferences on Artificial Intelligence run by the BCS Specialist Group on AI. In 2007 we ran, for the first time, a Forum for AI Research Students to support student members of the AI community. SGAI is again offering this event at AI-2008. This event offers a full day of workshops and presentations and is FREE TO STUDENTS.  
A one day event, FREE OF CHARGE to students, offering PhD and MRes/MPhil students in AI fields:  
Guidance on conducting research and writing their thesis 
Feedback on research plans  
Advice on undergoing a viva  
The chance to meet other research students and develop networks  
An opportunity to discuss their work with senior researchers and practitioners  
Deadline for applications: November 17th 2008

FAIRS'08 is intended to allow doctoral and MRes/MPhil students working in AI and related fields to present their research and receive feedback from senior scholars in the field and for discussion with other Forum attendees. It will be a stand-alone programme which will take place on December 8th, the day preceding the main AI-2008 conference workshops and tutorials. 
The  Forum will include:  
Getting a PhD - Workshop on conducting research and developing and writing a thesis.  
Student presentations and discussions - Two parallel streams, for early or later stage students. Presenting students will describe their work and issues around conducting PhD research, and have an opportunity to discuss this with senior academics and research student peers.  
Panel session - Question and answer session with a panel comprising recent PhD graduates, AI academics,  industrial representative and PhD recruiters.  
How To Survive your Viva! - A lighthearted presentation on how to (and how not to) prepare for and perform at a Viva.  
Further Information
Full details of the Forum, including the application process, are at As part of SGAI's aim to support student members of the AI community, this event will be free to student attendees. Please encourage research students to attend this event. There is no need for attendees to register for AI-2008.  However, a special student rate has been arranged and a limited number of bursaries will also be available. Full details at