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AAAIVC 2012 : AAAI Video Competition 2012


When Jul 22, 2012 - Jul 26, 2012
Where Toronto, Canada
Submission Deadline May 31, 2012
Notification Due Jun 15, 2012
Final Version Due Jun 22, 2012

Call For Papers

Dear Colleague,

AAAI is pleased to announce the continuation of the AI Video Competition, now entering its sixth year. The video competition will be held in conjunction with the AAAI-12 conference in Toronto Canada, July 22-26 2012. At the award ceremony, authors of award-winning videos will be presented with "Shakeys", Oscar-like trophies named in honour of SRI's Shakey robot and its pioneering video. Award winning videos will be screened at this ceremony.

The goal of the competition is to show the world how much fun AI is by documenting exciting artificial intelligence advances in research, education, and application. View previous entries and award winners at Last year's winning entry has been viewed 315,000 times!

The rules are simple: Compose a short video about an exciting AI project, and narrate it so that it is accessible to a broad online audience. We strongly encourage student participation.


Either 1 minute (max) short video or a 5 minute (max) long video, with English narration (or English subtitles). Consider combining screen shots, interviews, and video of a system in action. Make the video self-contained, so that newcomers to AI can understand and learn from it. We encourage a good sense of humor, but will only accept submissions with serious AI content. For example, we welcome submissions of videos that:

* Highlight a research topic - contemporary or historic, your own or from another group
* Introduce viewers to an exciting new AI-related technology
* Provide a window into the research activities of a laboratory or senior researcher
* Attract prospective students to the field of AI
* Explain AI concepts - your video could be used in the classroom

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Novel ideas for AI-based videos, including those not necessarily based on a "system in action", are encouraged. No matter what your choice, creativity is encouraged! (Please note: The authors of previous, award-winning AI Videos typically used humor, background music, and carefully selected movie clips to make their presentations come alive.)


Submit your video by making it available for download on a (preferably password-protected) ftp or web site. Once you have done so, please fill out the submission form ( and send it to Rehan O'Grady by email ( All submissions are due no later than May 31, 2012. All authors of accepted videos will be asked to sign a distribution license form.

Review and Award Process:

Submitted videos will be peer-reviewed by members of the programme committee according to the criteria below. Videos that receive positive reviews will be accepted for publication in the AAAI Video Competition proceedings, published on the dedicated website ( The best videos will be nominated for awards. Winners will be revealed at the award ceremony during AAAI-12.

Review criteria:

1. Relevance to AI (research or application)
2. Excitement generated by the technology presented
3. Educational content
4. Entertainment value
5. Presentation (cinematography, narration, soundtrack, production values)

Award Categories:

Best Video, Best Short Video, Best Student Video, Most Jaw-Dropping Technology,
Most Educational, Most Entertaining and Best Presentation.
(Categories may be changed at the discretion of the chairs.)


Oscar-like trophies ("Shakeys").


* Submission Deadline: May 31, 2012
* Reviewing Decision Notifications & Award Nominations: June 15, 2012
* Final Version Due: June 22, 2012
* Screening and Award Presentations: TBD

We look forward to your participation in this exciting event!

Best regards,

Marco Dorigo, Mauro Birattari and Rehan O'Grady
Co-Chairs, AAAI Video Competition 2012

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