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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Artificial Intelligence and Law, 10-14 Jun 2013, Rome, ITALY


Sponsored by: The International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL) ITTIG-CNR (Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques of the CNR)

The field of AI and Law is concerned with:

* the study of legal reasoning using computational methods
* the study of AI and other advanced information technologies, using law as an
example domain
* formal models of norms, normative systems, norm-governed societies
* legal and quasi-legal applications of AI and other advanced information

The ICAIL conference is the primary international conference addressing
research in Artificial Intelligence and Law, and has been organized biennially
since 1987 under the auspices of the International Association for Artificial
Intelligence and Law (IAAIL). ICAIL provides a forum for the presentation and
discussion of the latest research results and practical applications; it
fosters interdisciplinary and international collaboration. The conference
proceedings are published by ACM. The journal Artificial Intelligence and Law
regularly publishes expanded versions of selected ICAIL papers.

ICAIL 2013, the fourteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
and Law, invites the submission of papers on a broad spectrum of research
topics. Authors are invited to submit papers on topics including but not
restricted to

* Formal and computational models of legal reasoning
* Knowledge acquisition techniques for the legal domain, including natural
language processing and data mining
* Computational models of argumentation and decision making
* Legal knowledge representation including legal ontologies and common sense
* Automatic legal text classification and summarization
* Automated information extraction from legal databases and texts
* Machine learning and data mining applied to legal databases
* E-discovery and e-disclosure
* E-government and e-justice
* Computational models of evidential reasoning
* Modeling norms for multi-agent systems
* Modeling negotiation and contract formation
* Computational models of case-based legal reasoning
* Conceptual or model-based legal information retrieval
* Online dispute resolution
* Intelligent legal tutoring systems
* Intelligent support systems for the legal domain
* Interdisciplinary applications of legal informatics methods and systems

Invited speakers

* Rosaria Conte, ISTC-CNR
* Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo
* Radboud Winkels, University of Amsterdam

Two tracks: regular papers and innovative applications papers

For ICAIL 2013, authors are invited to submit papers in one of two tracks:
regular and innovative applications.  In addition to papers about results and
findings from systems, approaches, or theoretical models (in the conference's
regular track), we encourage the submission of original papers about
innovative applications. Both regular track papers and innovative applications
papers will be assessed in a rigorous reviewing procedure. Standard assessment
criteria for research papers will apply to all submissions (relevance,
originality, significance, technical quality, presentation). Papers proposing
formal or computational models should provide examples and/or simulations that
show the models' applicability to a realistic legal problem or domain. Papers
on innovative applications should describe clearly the motivations behind the
project, the techniques employed, and the current state of both implementation
and evaluation. All papers should make clear their relation to prior work.


A session will be organized for the demonstration of creative, robust and
practical working applications and tools. Where a demonstration is not
connected to a paper in a track, a two page extended abstract about the system
should be submitted for review by the paper submission deadline via the
conference management system and following the conference style. Accepted
extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. For those
demonstrations that are connected to a paper in the regular track or
innovative applications track, no separate statement about the demonstration
should be submitted.

ICAIL Workshops and Tutorials

ICAIL 2013 will include workshops and tutorials on the first and last days.
Expected topics include an introduction to AI & law, web ontology and data
design, coherence, argumentation, evidential inference, discovery of
electronically stored information, and e-justice. Details about the workshop
and tutorial program will be available at http://icail2013.ittig.cnr.it.

Important Dates

* Submission of abstracts (optional): January 11, 2013
* Submission of papers deadline: January 18, 2013
* Notification of acceptance: March 20, 2013
* Final revised and formatted papers due: April 19, 2013
* Conference: June 10 - June 14, 2013

Submission Details

Papers should not exceed 5000 words. If an approved style file is used, the
maximum length is 10 pages. Style format template files can be found at
http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html. Papers should be submitted
electronically to the conference support system,
https://www.conftool.net/icail2013/, in PDF or MS Word format, by the paper
submission deadline.

To aid the reviewing process, authors are requested to submit abstracts of
their papers by the above abstract submission deadline. Abstract submissions
should also include the paper title, up to four keywords, and a contact
address for the principal author.  Abstracts should also be submitted
electronically to the conference support system.

Authors will be notified of the referees' decision in March 2013. Papers not
accepted for full publication and presentation may be accepted as short
research abstracts. Papers (including research abstracts) must be presented at
the conference in order to appear in the proceedings. Final versions of papers
for publication in the proceedings will be due in April 2013.

Donald H. Berman Award for Best Student Paper

To encourage participation by students, IAAIL has created the Donald H. Berman
Award for the best paper submitted to ICAIL by a student or students. The
award consists of a cash gift and free attendance at ICAIL 2013. For a paper
to be considered for the award, the student author(s) should be clearly
designated as such when the paper is submitted, and any nonstudent co-authors
should provide a statement that the paper is primarily student work.
Notification will be made through the ICAIL website, and the award will be
presented at the conference banquet.

Conference Officials

Program Chair
Bart Verheij
Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen

Conference Chair
Enrico Francesconi
ITTIG - CNR, Florence

Anne Gardner
Atherton, California, USA