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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, April 22 - 25, 2014, Reykjavik, ICELAND


AISTATS is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers at the intersection of computer science, 
artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, and related areas. Since its inception in 
1985, the primary goal of AISTATS has been to broaden research in these fields by promoting the 
exchange of ideas among them. We encourage the submission of all papers which are in keeping with 
this objective at http://www.aistats.org.

Paper Submission:
Proceedings track: This is the standard AISTATS paper submission track. Papers will be selected via
 a rigorous double-blind peer-review process. Reviewers will be assigned to a paper by multiple 
mechanisms so that there is no "single point of failure": by an automated mechanism, and by the 
primary and secondary members of the senior program committee. All accepted papers will be 
presented at the Conference as contributed talks or as posters and will be published in the 
Proceedings. A selected set of papers will be designated as "notable papers" which will carry 
a preface in the proceedings by a member of the senior program committee, and will also be given 
greater visibility and discussion via social media.

Highlight talks track: We will include talks on recent high-impact work on AISTATS themes. This 
is an opportunity to raise discussion and get additional exposure to already published work, in 
particular in journals. The talks will be selected based on one-page abstracts and the existing 
papers, and they do not lead to a paper in the Proceedings.

Late-breaking posters track: Some time at the conference will be set aside for "breaking news" 
posters having a one-page abstract. These are reports on ongoing or unpublished projects, projects 
already published elsewhere, partially developed ideas, negative results etc, and are meant as 
informal forums to encourage discussion. The review process of the late-breaking posters will be 
very light-touch and presentation at the Conference will not lead to publication in the Proceedings.

Solicited topics include, but are not limited to:

* Models and estimation: graphical models, causality, Gaussian processes, approximate inference, 
kernel methods, nonparametric models, statistical and computational learning theory, manifolds and 
embedding, sparsity and compressed sensing, ...
* Classification, regression, density estimation, unsupervised and semi-supervised learning, 
clustering, topic models, ...
* Structured prediction, relational learning, logic and probability
* Reinforcement learning, planning, control
* Game theory, no-regret learning, multi-agent systems
* Algorithms and architectures for high-performance computation in AI and statistics
* Software for and applications of AI and statistics

For a more detailed list of keywords, see http://www.aistats.org/keywords.php.

Submission Requirements for Proceedings Track:
Electronic submission of papers is required. We will use the Microsoft CMT submission system. 
Papers may be up to 8 double-column pages in length, excluding references. Authors may optionally 
submit also supplementary material. Formatting and submission information will be made available 
on the conference website at http://www.aistats.org/submit.php.

All accepted papers will be presented at the Conference either as contributed talks or as posters, 
and will be published in the AISTATS Conference Proceedings in the Journal of Machine Learning 
Research Workshop and Conference Proceedings series.  Papers for talks and posters will be treated 
equally in publication.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published in a journal or in the proceedings 
of a conference, and should not be under consideration for publication at another conference at 
any point during the AISTATS review process.  It is acceptable to have a substantially extended 
version of the submitted paper under consideration simultaneously for journal publication, so 
long as the journal version's planned publication date is in 2014 or later, the journal submission 
does not interfere with AISTATS's right to publish the paper, and the situation is clearly 
described at the time of AISTATS submission.  Please describe the situation in the appropriate 
box on the submission page (and do not include author information in the submission itself, to 
avoid accidental unblinding).

Submission Deadlines:
Submissions will be considered if they are received by the following deadlines. 

Proceedings track paper submissions:  1 November, 2013, 23:59 UTC
Highlight talk abstract submissions: 24 January, 2014, 23:59 UTC
Late-breaking poster abstract submissions: 24 January, 2014, 23:59 UTC

See the conference website for additional important dates: http://www.aistats.org/dates.php.

Colocated Events:
A Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) will be held after the conference (April 26th-May 4th). 
April 25 will be an AISTATS/MLSS joint tutorial + MLSS poster session day.

AISTATS 2014 will be held in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, in Grand Hotel Reykjavik. Reykjavik 
and its environs offer a unique mix of culture and varied nature, from glaciers to waterfalls to 
geysers and thermal pools. This is a unique opportunity to spend an AISTATS afternoon break at a 
geothermal warm beach, the famous Blue Lagoon. 

Reykjavik is easily reachable by several airlines; travel information will be available on 

Program Chairs:
Samuel Kaski, Aalto University, Finland
Jukka Corander, University of Helsinki, Finland

Local Chair:
Deon Garrett,  School of Computer Science, Reykjavik University and Icelandic Institute for 
Intelligent Machines, Iceland

The European meetings of AISTATS are organized by the European Society for Artificial Intelligence 
and Statistics.