IJCAI-17 Call for Workshop Proposals

The IJCAI-17 Conference Committee invite proposals for workshops to be held 
August 19-20, 2017, immediately prior to the main conference. The aim of the 
workshop program is to provide a structured setting for the discussion of 
specialized technical topics; the format of proposed workshops should be 
designed to promote an active exchange of ideas between attendees.

All members of the AI community are invited to submit workshop proposals for 
review. We encourage several forms of workshops:

* classical workshops that focus on a particular research area, including 
proposals for continuations of workshops that were held at previous general AI 
conferences (e.g., IJCAI, AAAI, ECAI) or discipline specific conferences (e.g., 
* workshops that focus on emerging topics and applications, or on open research 
questions and challenges.
* cross-discipline workshops that foster exchange of ideas between groups that 
are unaware of each other's research.
* miscellaneous topics of interest to the AI community.

IJCAI-17 Special Theme

A special theme of IJCAI-17 is Autonomy. While autonomy has been a focus of 
interest in the research community for many years, recent developments in the 
adoption of artificial intelligence and other technologies across many 
different areas of endeavor have brought new challenges or have made real those 
that until now had been largely abstract and theoretical. In recognition of 
this trend, and in support of addressing some of these challenges, we invite 
proposals for workshops that seek to foster discussion and debate around the 
issues brought forward by this new generation of technologies and applications. 
We welcome proposals of workshops addressing the theme of autonomy from 
different perspectives (e.g., technical, philosophical, legal, social, etc.)

Workshops can vary in length from half a day to two days. To cover costs, it is 
necessary to charge workshop participants a workshop fee, which is separate 
from the main conference fee. Workshop attendees do not need to register for 
the main IJCAI conference, but are encouraged to do so. IJCAI reserves the 
right to cancel workshops whose attendance does not support their running costs.

Important Dates

November 27, 2016 - Proposal submission deadline
December 19, 2016 - Acceptance notification
August 19-25, 2017 - IJCAI-17 workshops

Requirements for Proposal Submission

The workshop proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file 
using the web page: https://ijcai-workshops.confmaster.net
Each proposal should contain the following information:

* Call for papers, containing a brief introduction and list of relevant topic 
* A preliminary workshop format and a proposed schedule for organizing the 
workshop, including desired length for the workshop (0.5-day, 1-day, 1.5-day or 
2-day). Please indicate if you intend to have any activities other than 
contributed talks (e.g., invited talks, panels, or posters).
* A tentative list of PC members (including full names and affiliations).
* A list of related workshops held within the last few years, if any, and their 
relationship to the proposed workshop. If this workshop continues a workshop 
from a previous general or area-specific conference, please indicate that. If 
available, please provide the number of submitted/accepted papers and 
approximate attendance numbers for these workshops.
* The names, email addresses, and URLs of the organizing committee members. The 
committee should consist of two to four people knowledgeable in the area who do 
not all work at the same institution. Strong proposals include organizers who 
bring differing perspectives to the workshop topic and who are actively 
connected to the communities of potential participants.
* The primary contact for the organizing committee.
* Brief CVs of organizing committee members, including a list of key 
publications demonstrating scholarship in the field and a list of workshops 
previously arranged, if any.

Selection Process

The selection of workshops will be made by the Workshop Program Committee and 
will be based on multiple factors, including the scientific/technical interest 
of the topics in relation to the anticipated IJCAI audience, the quality of the 
proposal, the balance and distinctness of topics across all workshops, the 
history of past attendance for non-first-time workshops, and the experience of 
the organizing committee. We may request proposers addressing similar or 
overlapping content areas to merge their proposals.


For all accepted proposals, IJCAI will be responsible for providing publicity 
for the workshop series as a whole, logistic support, and a meeting place for 
the workshop.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for:

* Setting up a web site for the workshop and providing its URL to the workshop 
* Advertising the particular workshop and issuing a call for 
* Making the PDF of the workshop notes available to the Local Chair of IJCAI 
together with a list of audio-visual requirements and any special room 
* Ensuring that the workshop organizers and the participants register for the 
workshop and are invited to register to the main conference.
* Coordinating and moderating workshop participation and content.
* Devising a schedule that meshes with shared breaks.
* We are considering several plans to increase the exposure for the workshops 
including the possibility of having the workshop chairs present short summaries 
of the workshops during the main conference and having workshop reports appear 
in an archival publication.

For each running workshop there will be two free workshop registrations. The 
organizers will decide themselves whom to give them to. Please send all 
enquiries about the Workshops to the IJCAI 2017 Workshop Chair, Daniele 
Magazzeni, at the email wpijcai2...@easychair.org

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