Call for Papers

Call for papers (single track)

3rd AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society

February 7-8, 2020

New York City, NY, USA (Hilton Midtown)

Submission deadline: Nov 4 anywhere on Earth, 2019

Submission website:

Notification: Dec 4, 2019

As AI (and associated AI-hype) grows more pervasive in our lives, its impact on society is ever more significant, raising ethical concerns and challenges regarding issues such as privacy, safety and security, surveillance, inequality, data handling and bias, personal agency, power relations, effective modes of regulation, accountability, sanctions, and workforce displacement. Only a multi-disciplinary effort can find the best ways to address these concerns, including experts from various disciplines, such as ethics, philosophy, economics, sociology, psychology, law, history, politics, interaction design, informatics, social studies of science and technology, communication and media studies, and political science, as well as those with lived experience in relation to the impacts of AI systems. In order to address these issues in a scientific context, AAAI and ACM joined forces in 2018 to start the AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society.

The third edition of this conference will be co-located with AAAI-20 on February 7-8, 2020 at the Hilton New York Midtown, New York, USA. The program of the conference will include peer-reviewed paper presentations, invited talks, panels, and working sessions.

We expect papers will be submitted by researchers using different approaches (e.g., critical, empirical, philosophical, aesthetic, case study, ethnographic, discourse or text analysis).

The conference welcomes contributions on a broad set of topics, to encourage the possibilities for transdisciplinary connections and challenges. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Cultural, political, and other societal impacts of AI
  • AI and surveillance/manipulation of people
  • Impact of AI on jobs and work
  • Meaningful control, safety, and security of AI
  • AI and geopolitics
  • AI and vulnerable groups
  • When, why and how to ban, restrict, cost and tax AI
  • Ethical models/frameworks around AI and data 
  • AI and environmental costs and impacts
  • AI and labor, AI and markets
  • Value alignment and moral decision making
  • Trustworthy AI systems
  • Black box systems and modes of investigation and explanation
  • Ethically-aligned design 
  • Challenges and contradictions in AI-related design, development and ethics
  • AI and the public interest
  • Infrastructures of AI
  • AI and law, regulation and governance
  • AI and literature, performance, counter-culture, resistance
  • New/novel AI-related concepts
  • Speculative future AI design and implications
  • Innovative methodologies for studying/analyzing AI
  • Developments in AI concepts, definitions, schools of thought 

Submitted papers should adopt a rigorous approach to address any questions related to the above topics. Moreover, they should clearly establish the research contribution, its relevance, and its relation to prior research. 

Authors should note that changes to the author list after the submission deadline are not allowed. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for, attend, and present the work at the conference.

We solicit papers (PDF file) of up to 6 pages + 1 page for references, submitted through the EasyChair system. All submissions must be within the specified length limit and in the appropriate AAAI two column format. See the provided templates at

Review will be double-blind, so authors should remove identifying information from their papers. However, authors should report their primary discipline(s) on the first page. After the seventh page, we will allow appendices of unlimited length, but reviewers are not expected to read any of the material in appendices. Therefore, the first 6+1 pages of the paper should be completely self-contained; figures, proofs (or proof sketches), etc. that are key to understanding the paper should be included in them; and excessive reference to appendices should be avoided.

The AAAI formatting templates are intended for final camera-ready copy of accepted papers. The AAAI copyright block is hard-coded into the AAAI paper templates to retain proper spacing, and cannot be removed. It is not considered binding until a paper is accepted and a signed copyright form is submitted by the author. At the initial submission for review stage, it is not necessary to submit source files as supplementary material.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To accommodate the publishing traditions of different fields, authors of accepted papers can ask that only a one-page abstract of the paper appear in the proceedings, along with a URL pointing to the full paper. Authors should guarantee the link to be reliable for at least two years. This option is available to accommodate subsequent publication in journals that would not consider results that have been published in preliminary form in a conference proceedings. Such papers must be submitted electronically and formatted just like papers submitted for full-text publication. 

Results previously published or presented at another archival conference prior to this one, or published (or accepted for publication) at a journal prior to the submission deadline, can be submitted only if the author intends to publish the paper as a one-page abstract. All other things being equal, we prefer work that is more novel.

The proceedings of the conference will be published in the AAAI and ACM Digital Libraries.

A selected subset of the accepted papers will have the opportunity to be considered for journal publication in the JAIR special track on AI and Society (

Recognizing that a multiplicity of perspectives leads to stronger science, the conference organizers actively welcome and encourage people with differing identities, expertise, backgrounds, beliefs, or experiences to participate.


Nov 4 2019 Paper Submission Deadline

Dec 4 2019 Notification Deadline

Feb 7-8 2020 Conference  

Conference program co-chairs:

Annette Markham (Aarhus University | Loyola University)

Julia Powles (University of Western Australia)

Toby Walsh (University of New South Wales | Data61 | TU Berlin)

Anne L. Washington (New York University)