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Extended Abstract Deadline: Canadian Artificial Intelligence Graduate Student Symposium 2014 (GSS 2014)

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2014-03-31 23:59


CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline March 31, 2014

AI 2014, the twenty-seventh Canadian Conference on Artificial
Intelligence, is now inviting PhD and master students to submit
single-authored 2-3 pages extended abstracts of their thesis work from
all areas of Artificial Intelligence for possible publication in the AI
2014 Graduate Student Symposium website. The Symposium provides an
opportunity for students to discuss and explore their research interests
and career objectives with their peers and with a panel of established
researchers in Artificial Intelligence, helping to develop a supportive
community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research.

The symposium will be a half-day pre-conference event, where students
of accepted abstracts will be invited to give a presentation on their
thesis work before a group of peers as well as a small team of expert AI
researchers who would offer a critique of each presentation and provide
support, advice, and mentoring. Each student will also be invited to
participate in the poster session during the AI 2014 main conference.

It is not expected that submissions will consist of polished work with
complete results; moreover, summaries of completed projects will not be
accepted. Instead, the weight will be placed on the significance of the
work, the proposed ideas or solutions, and the overall presentation. The
abstract should clearly state the problem being addressed, the proposed
plan of research and the description of the progress to date. To benefit
the most from the event, applicants should be in their 2nd year of
studies and nearly completing their thesis proposal. This year, we
encourage students to submit works that are single-authored this to
better underline the single-student's work.

All submissions must be written in English. Abstracts may be 2-3 pages
in length and must be formatted according to Springer's LNCS style.
Please follow the instructions for authors at Springer's website
( The use
of the LaTeX2e style file available at Springer's website is strongly

The abstract submission should be accompanied with the following

1. A cover letter stating the student's name, institution, supervisor’s
name and email address, program start date, expected graduation date,
and 2-5 keywords describing the student's work. It should also include a
list of the student's refereed and non-refereed publications and
presentations at national and international forums.

2. A letter from the thesis advisor that includes an assessment of the
current status of the work, and an expected date for thesis submission.
In addition, the advisor should indicate what he or she hopes the
student would gain from participation in the symposium.

3.A short (one page or less) statement of what the student expects to
gain from presenting and participating in the symposium, as well as what
he/she thinks can be his/her contribution to the symposium. For best
consideration, this statement must address both of these expectations.

Please combine all materials into one PDF document. For the submission,
please go to AI 2014 - Graduate Student Symposium Submission Server at
EasyChair and follow the instructions:

Each abstract will be reviewed by a mixed team of both student
applicants and program committee members. Each student submitting a
paper to the Symposium is expected to participate in the reviewing
process. Presenting students will be selected based on clarity of the
submission, stage of research, and evidence of promise such as published
papers or technical reports. Partial financial assistance for travel and
accommodations may be available to a limited number of students
presenting at the Symposium.

All students are encouraged to attend and participate in the Symposium,
whether or not they apply to present their work. All the selected
student presenters are expected to actively participate in the full
Symposium, as we envision participants gaining as much by interacting
with their peers as by having their presentations critiqued by the
faculty panel. The symposium will also include an invited talk from a
senior faculty member as well as a career panel where AI researchers
from both industry and academia will discuss possible career paths for
graduating students.

Important Dates
2-3 pages abstract submission due: March 31, 2014
Notification of acceptance (2-3 pages abstract): April 11, 2014
Final version of 2-3 pages abstract due: April 18, 2014
Graduate Student Symposium: May 6th, 2014


Aminul Islam, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Canada
e-mail: islam cs dal ca
Cristina Manfredotti, LIP 6, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, UPMC,
Paris, France
e-mail: cristina manfredotti gmail com
Shamima Mithun, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
e-mail: shamima mithun gmail com