Appel: STAIRS 2012

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Nov 23 08:37:32 UTC 2011

Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 17:22:03 +0100
From: ECAI Publicity <ecai2012-publicity at>
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The Sixth "Starting Artificial Intelligence Research" Symposium

August, 27-28, 2012
Montpellier, France

We invite students and young post-doctoral AI fellows to submit their
work to the Sixth European Starting AI Researcher Symposium (STAIRS).
STAIRS is an international meeting intended to support AI researchers,
from all countries, at the beginning of their career: PhD students or
people holding a PhD for less than one year. STAIRS 2012 will be
co-located with ECAI 2012, the European Conference on AI, in
Montpellier, France, August 27-31, 2012.

STAIRS offers doctoral students and young post-doctoral AI researchers:

* a first experience on submitting and presenting a paper in an
  international forum with a broad scope and a peer review process

* an opportunity to discuss and explore their research interests and
  European career objectives and opportunities.

Co-located with both ECAI and PAIS, the symposium provides a unique and
valuable opportunity for young researchers to gain experience at
presenting their work in a supportive scientific environment, and obtain
constructive feedback on the technical content of the work as well as
how to present the work and other related topics. Specifically, the
objectives are: (1) to provide a setting for mutual feedback on
participants' current research; (2) to provide guidance on future
research directions; (3) to develop a supportive community of scholars
and a spirit of collaborative research; (4) to support a new generation
of researchers with information and advice on academic, research,
industrial, and non-traditional career paths; and (5) to contribute to
the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and
participation in ECAI/PAIS/STAIRS conference events.

(+) Topics on Interest

Papers are welcome on all aspects of contemporary AI, including, but not
restricted to:

* Agent-based & Multiagent Systems
* Case-Based Reasoning
* Cognitive Modeling & Interaction
* Constraints, Satisfiability, and Search
* Information Retrieval & Natural Language Processing
* Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, & Logic
* Machine Learning & Data Mining
* Model-Based Reasoning
* Multidisciplinary Topics & Applications of AI
* Planning, Scheduling, & Auctions
* Robotics, Perception & Sensing
* Statistical Relational AI & Uncertainty in AI
* Web and Knowledge-based Information Systems

(+) Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:
Friday, May 25, 2012

Notification of acceptance/rejection:
Monday, June, 23 2012

Camera-Ready Copy Due:
Sunday, June 30, 2012

August 27-28, 2012

(+) Submission

Both long (12-page) and short (6-page) papers in camery-ready format can
be submitted. Over-length submissions will be rejected without
review. Papers submitted to STAIRS should conform to presentational
style and format of IOS Press' "Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and
Applications" (FAIA) series. Details are available on the web site

Each accepted long paper will be allocated TWELVE (12) pages, each short
paper SIX (6) pages in the proceedings. From the accepted long papers,
both oral and poster presentations will be selected. Accepted short
papers will be poster presentations. Authors of ECAI submission may also
indicate whether they want a submitted ECAI paper to be considered as
well as a submitted STAIRS paper in case of non-acceptance of the ECAI
paper. This, however, will require to change the format for the
camera-ready copy. In contrast to ECAI, STAIRS is using IOS Press' FAIA
series format as explained above!

So, multiple submissions with ECAI and PAIS are allowed if this is
clearly indicated on a front page preceding the paper itself. In
borderline cases single submissions will be preferred over multiple
submissions. In case of multiple acceptances the author(s) are strictly
required to withdraw their paper from all but one of the events.

The proceedings of STAIRS will be published and distributed by IOS
Press' "Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications" (FAIA)
series. The authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready
copies of papers, conforming to the STAIRS 2012 formatting guidelines
for inclusion in the proceedings (see above). At least one student
author of each accepted paper or poster is required to attend the
conference to present the contribution.

All submissions will be subject to LIGHT TOUCH review, with the goal of
providing constructive feedback to authors.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first author must be a PhD student or a person
holding a PhD for less than one year. Papers not satisfying this
criterion will be rejected.

STAIRS Co-Chairs:

Kristian Kersting, kristian.kersting at
(University of Bonn, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany)

Marc Toussaint, marc.toussaint at
(Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany)

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