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GSS-CAIC 2012 : Canadian Conference on AI 2012 - Graduate Students Symposium


When May 27, 2012 - May 27, 2012
Where Toronto, Canada
Submission Deadline Jan 30, 2012
Notification Due Mar 3, 2012
Final Version Due Mar 8, 2012
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Canadian Conference on AI 2012 - Graduate Students
May 27th, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

AI 2012, the twenty-fifth Canadian Conference on Artificial
Intelligence, invites graduate students to submit four-page extended
abstracts of their thesis for possible inclusion in the AI 2012
Graduate Student Symposium and the Canadian AI proceedings published
by Springer.

Symposium Objectives

The Symposium provides an opportunity for Master's and PhD 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 one-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 may also be
invited to participate in the poster session during the main
conference. In addition, a small selection of the best student
submissions will be invited to give a short talk during the main

PhD and Master's students are invited to submit original work in all
areas of Artificial Intelligence. Submissions should have emphasis on
work in progress, with directions for future research clearly
indicated wherever appropriate. More weight will be placed on the
significance of the work, the proposed ideas or solutions, and the
overall presentation than on submissions which present work with
complete results.

Submission Details

Applicants to the symposium need to submit the following materials:

* A four-page thesis summary that outlines the problem being
addressed, the proposed plan for research, and a description of the
progress to date. The most successful applications directly address
all three of these components. Please be sure to distinguish between
work that has already been accomplished and work that remains to be
done. Be sure to include a title for your work. All submissions must
be written in English. Abstracts may be up to 4 pages in length and
must be formatted according to Springer's LNCS style
Please follow the instructions for authors at Springer's site for
The use of the LaTeX2e style file available at the web site is
strongly encouraged.

* Include a CV (at most two pages) that describes your background
and relevant experience (research, education, employment). Your CV
needs to include your anticipated graduation date, or it may be
rejected without review. Please include any additional items that may
indicate your potential contribution to, and benefit from, the

* A letter of recommendation from your thesis advisor. It must
include an assessment of the current status of your thesis research,
and an expected date for thesis submission. In addition, your advisor
should indicate what he or she hopes you would gain from participation
in the symposium.

* Participant's Expectations. A short (one page or less) statement
of what you expect to gain from presenting and participating in the
symposium, as well as what you think you can contribute to the
symposium. For best consideration, your statement must address both of
these expectations.

Please combine all materials into one PDF document submitted via

The Reviewing Process

Each abstract will be reviewed by a team of program committee members.
Presenting students will be selected based on clarity of the
submission, stage of research, advisor's letter and evidence of
promise such as published papers or technical reports. (Partial)
Financial assistance for travel and accommodations may be available to
the 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. In addition, a senior AI researcher
and faculty member will be invited to give a talk on a topic of
interest to graduate students.

Important Dates

Package submission due January 30th, 2012
Notification of acceptance March 3rd, 2012
Final paper due March 8th, 2012

Program Co-chairs:
Ebrahim Bagheri, Athabasca University
Jocelyne Faddoul, Dalhousie University

** for more information, visit the Canadian Conference on AI 2012
homepage **

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