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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: IJCAI-11, International Joint Conference in Artificial Intelligence

The IJCAI-11 Program Committee invites submissions of technical papers for IJCAI-11, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, July 19-22, 2011.

Submissions are invited on significant, original, and previously unpublished research on all aspects of artificial intelligence.

The theme of IJCAI-11 is 'Integrated and Embedded Artificial Intelligence' 
(IEAI) with a focus on artificial intelligence that crosses discipline boundaries within AI, and between AI and other disciplines. Building systems often requires techniques from more than one area (e.g. both machine learning and natural language processing, or both planning and preference representation). In addition, larger systems often have AI components embedded within that provide intelligent functionalities such as learning and reasoning. The conference will include a special track dedicated to such work.

Important dates

Abstract submission: Jan 19, 2011 (11:59PM, UTC-12) Paper submission: Jan 24, 2011 (11:59PM, UTC-12) Author feedback: Feb 28-Mar 3, 2011 (11:59PM, UTC-12).
Notification of acceptance/rejection: Mar 31, 2011 Camera-ready copy due: Apr 15, 211 Technical sessions: Jul 19-22, 2011

Submission Details
Submitted papers must be formatted according to IJCAI guidelines and submitted electronically through the IJCAI-11 paper submission site. Full instructions including formatting guidelines and electronic templates are available on the IJCAI-11 website: . Submission is only electronic using the IJCAI-11 paper submission software linked here.

Papers will be accepted for either oral or poster presentation. However, no distinction will be made between accepted papers in the conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work. Authors will be required to agree to this requirement at the time of submission.

The paper title, author names, contact details, and a brief abstract must be submitted electronically by January 19, 2011 (11:59 UTC-12). Authors will also be required to indicate if their submission is for the special track on ?Integrated and Embedded Artificial Intelligence? (IEAI), in which case authors are required to clarify the synergistic aspects of the integrated and embedded system. All technical papers are due electronically on January 24, 2011 (11:59 UTC-12). Submissions received after the deadline or that do not meet the length or formatting requirements will not be accepted for review. No email or fax submissions will be accepted. Notification of receipt of an electronically submitted paper will be emailed to the designated contact author soon after receipt. 
If there are problems with the electronic submission, the program chair will contact the designated author by email. The last day for enquiries regarding lost submissions is January 28, 2011. The designated author will be emailed notification of acceptance or rejection by March 31, 2011. 
Authors will also be able to respond to preliminary reviews during the period Feb. 28 to March 3, 2011. Guidelines for such responses, along with details of the reviewing process will be posted on the IJCAI-11 website. 
Camera-ready copy of accepted papers must be received by the publisher by April 15, 2011.

Authors who do not have access to the web should contact the program chair at pcchair11 -at- no later than January 1, 2011 for alternative submission instructions.

Content Areas
When submitting their abstract, authors will be required to choose at least two and at most four content area keywords. General categories should only be used if specific categories do not apply or do not accurately reflect the main contributions. Each keyword is placed within one of ten major areas; however, many of the keywords cut across multiple areas, and authors should feel free to select keywords from multiple areas.

Policy on Multiple Submissions

IJCAI-11 will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also required not to submit their papers elsewhere during IJCAI?s review period. These restrictions apply only to journals and conferences, not to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited audience and without archival proceedings. Authors will be required to confirm that their submissions conform to these requirements at the time of submission.

Paper Length and Format
Submitted technical papers must be no longer than six pages, including all figures and references, and must be formatted according to posted IJCAI-11 guidelines. Papers must be formatted for letter-size(8.5 x 11 paper, in double-column format with a 10pt font. Electronic templates for the LaTeX typesetting package, as well as a Word template, that conform to IJCAI-11 guidelines will be made available at the conference website in December.

Authors are required to submit their electronic papers in PDF format. 
Files in Postscript (ps), or any other format will not be accepted.

Over-length papers will not be considered for review. Each accepted paper will be allowed six pages in the proceedings; up to two additional pages may be purchased at a price of 5 per page.

In order to make blind reviewing possible, authors must omit their names and affiliations from the paper. Also, while the references should include all published literature relevant to the paper, including previous works of the authors, it should not include unpublished works. When referring to one?s own work, use the third person rather than the first person. For example, say ?Previously, Foo and Bar [7] have shown that...?, rather than ?In our previous work [7] we have shown that... Such identifying information can be added back to the final camera-ready version of accepted papers.

Review Process
Papers will be subject to blind peer review. Selection criteria include accuracy and originality of ideas, clarity and significance of results and quality of the presentation. IEAI papers will be judged based on the usual measures of quality, with consideration of the synergistic aspect of the integrated and embedded components. Comparisons are encouraged to be made against single-discipline systems.

The review process will include a short period for the authors to view reviews and respond to technical questions on the submitted work raised by the reviewers before discussion starts within the programme committee. The decision of the Program Committee will be final and cannot be appealed.

Please send enquiries about paper submissions to Toby Walsh, Program Chair IJCAI-11, pcchair11 -at-

List of keywords
Agent-based and Multiagent Systems

Agent Theories and Architectures
Agent Communication
Agreement Technologies Argumentation
Auctions and Market-Based Systems
Coordination and Collaboration
Distributed AI
Game Theory
Multiagent Learning
Multiagent Planning
Multiagent Systems
Simulation and Emergent Behavior
Social Choice

Constraints, Satisfiability, and Search

Constraint Optimization
Constraint Satisfaction
Distributed Constraints
Dynamic Programming
Evaluation and Analysis
Global Constraints
Heuristic Search
Quantifier Formulations
Solvers and Tools

Knowledge Representation, Reasoning and Logic

Action, Change and Causality
Automated Reasoning and Theorem Proving
Beliefs and Knowledge
Case-based reasoning
Common-Sense Reasoning
Computational Complexity
Description Logics and Ontologies
Diagnosis and Abductive Reasoning
Geometric, Spatial, and Temporal Reasoning
Knowledge Representation
Logic Programming
Many-Valued and Fuzzy Logics
Nonmonotonic Reasoning
Qualitative Reasoning
Reasoning with Beliefs

Machine Learning

Active Learning
Case-based Reasoning
Cost-Sensitive Learning
Data Mining
Deep Learning
Ensemble Methods
Evolutionary Computation
Feature Selection/Construction
Kernel Methods
Learning Graphical Models
Learning Preferences or Rankings
Learning Theory
Machine Learning
Neural Networks
Online Learning
Reinforcement Learning
Relational Learning
Semi-Supervised/Unsupervised Learning
Structured Learning
Time-series/Data Streams
Transfer, Adaptation, Multi-task Learning

Multidisciplinary Topics And Applications

AI and Natural Sciences
AI and Social Sciences
Art and Music
AI and Ubiquitous Computing Systems
Autonomic Computing
Brain Sciences
Cognitive Modeling
Computational Biology and e-Health
Computer Games
Computer-Aided Education
Human-Computer Interaction
Intelligent Database Systems
Intelligent User Interfaces
Interactive Entertainment
Knowledge-based Software Engineering
Personalization and User Modeling
Philosophical and Ethical Issues
Real-Time Systems
Security and Privacy
Validation and Verification

Natural-Language Processing

Information Extraction
Information Retrieval
Machine Translation
Morphology and Phonology
Natural Language Generation
Natural Language Semantics
Natural Language Summarization
Natural Language Syntax
Natural Language Processing
Question Answering
Speech Recognition and Understanding
Text Classification

Planning and Scheduling

Activity and Plan Recognition
Applications of Planning
Conformant/Contingent Planning
Hierarchical Task Networks
Hybrid Systems
Markov Decisions Processes
Plan Execution and Monitoring
Planning Algorithms
Planning under Uncertainty
Real-time Planning
Robot Planning
Search in Planning and Scheduling
Theoretical Foundations of Planning

Robotics and Vision

Behavior and Control
Cognitive Robotics
Human Robot Interaction
Localization, Mapping, State Estimation
Motion and Path Planning
Multi-Robot Systems
Sensor Networks
Vision and Perception

Uncertainty in AI

Approximate Probabilistic Inference
Bayesian Networks
Decision/Utility Theory
Exact Probabilistic Inference
Graphical Models
Preference Elicitation
Sequential Decision Making

Web and Knowledge-based Information Systems

Information Extraction
Information Integration
Information Retrieval
Knowledge Acquisition
Knowledge Engineering
Knowledge-based Systems
Recommender Systems
Semantic Web
Social Networks
Source Wrapping
Web Mining
Web Search
Web Technologies
IJCAI-11 Integrated and Embedded AI (IEAI) Track: Call for Papers
To solve complex real-world problems, artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming increasingly integrated and pervasive. These systems often use more than one AI technique in a tight integration (e.g., robotic systems), or they offer important services with AI embedded as a key component within a larger software or hardware system (e.g., search engines or smart phones). In these systems, AI plays a key role in the systems' ability to perceive, reason, learn, communicate and act intelligently in the real world.

The IEAI track welcomes two types of articles:

those that emphasize the integration of more than one technique in various AI subareas, and
articles that present advances in using AI as an embedded service or component in other areas of computer science or various disciplines of natural science, business and engineering.

Preference is given to submissions that explore, model and evaluate system integration and embedding issues. In addition to the main conference requirements such as novelty and depth (see, important questions to answer for this track include:

What is the functionality of the overall system and of the AI subsystems
being considered?
Why are the AI subsystems important in the functionality of the overall systems?
How much improvement is gained in the overall system's performance with the inclusion of AI?
How do the AI subsystems interact among themselves and with the overall systems?

The IEAI topics include, but are not limited to:

AI in bioinformatics and biomedical systems
AI in computational sustainability systems
AI in information retrieval, Web search and multimedia systems
AI in smart phones and sensor based applications
AI in social media and social networking systems
Intelligent agent systems
Integrated planning and scheduling systems
Intelligent sensor and robotic systems
Intelligent tutoring and educational systems
Knowledge engineering, modeling and capture systems
Knowledge based database, networking, graphics and software engineering systems
Machine learning applications in business, science and engineering
Online commerce, games, and computational advertising systems
Speech and language understanding and processing systems
User behavior modeling and learning, intelligent user interfaces

Papers submitted to this track must follow the instructions given in the 
general call for technical conference papers. Submitted papers in the IEAI 
track will be reviewed by qualified reviewers drawn from a special track 
committee as well as the general program committee. Submissions to this 
special track that are deemed not to be relevant may be considered for 
review in the general technical papers track at the discretion of the 
chairs. Papers are submitted via the same submission Web site as the main 
technical track, where the