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Submission Information

  • Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017 EXTENDED: December 5th, 2017

Students interested in attending should assemble the following application packet into one PDF document and submit it through Easychair.  Students at both the PhD and late stage masters level are encouraged to apply.  However, preference will be given to students in PhD programs.

Students will be selected based on the assessment of the organizing committee. We will give preference to students who have settled on a research topic or direction but still have some way to go in their studies. Applications will be reviewed based on several factors including the quality of the work submitted, stage of research, evidence of research progress, the committee’s assessment of the student’s contribution to and benefit from participating in the DC, and input from the student’s advisor.

Important Note: There may be only one author per submission as this is about your thesis research.  Also, you may not apply to the AIES Student Program in parallel with the AAAI Doctoral Consortium.

  1. Cover Sheet: This is a one page information sheet which should include:
    • Your full name, gender, contact details (including phone number), official affiliation, home-page, and country of citizenship.
    • Your expected graduation date and the number of years in your current program;
    • Your thesis advisor’s full name and contact details;
    • A list of up to 5 keywords that you would use to describe your research.
    • If you have a paper submitted / accepted to the main conference or AAAI along with title and other information.
    • Clearly state which stream you would like to be considered by: AI, AI and Workforce, AI and Philosophy, or AI and Law.
  2. Extended Abstract: This should be an up to 2-page thesis summary in AAAI format ( which includes references.  This summary should give a brief background for your thesis research, explains the central question of your research, and explains the work you have accomplished so far.
    • Be sure to clearly describe your work (e.g., what you have done, and what you plan to work on), while emphasizing the contributions and their significance. Please use the first person where appropriate.
    • Participants will have the option of publishing this abstract in the proceedings of their choice if accepted.  Please note that for applications the abstract is required, regardless of whether or not you intend to publish it.
    • This may overlap with submission to AIES or other conferences, however, please address the specific criteria above and make sure it is not the exact same submission!
  3. Vita: A CV not to exceed 3 pages which includes your background and a brief statement of your research interests; relevant experience in research, education, or employment; and any publications (accepted or pending) for conferences or journals.
  4. Personal Statement A short statement not to exceed 1 page which outlines what you hope to gain from the student program and what unique perspective you can contribute to the discussions. Please mention if you have participated in any past student programs at other conferences or plan to participate in any others (including the AAAI 2018 student programs). Please also include whether or not you have or plan to submit a paper to AIES.

Packets should be compiled into one PDF and submitted through EasyChair at

  • Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017
  • Notification: December 30, 2017
  • Final Version: March 1st, 2018 (Note the final version is after the conference dates to include feedback from the conference discussion).

Special Note for Students

ACM:SIGAI is a sponsor and is providing travel grants to students.  In order to be considered for a ACM:SIGAI travel grant you must be a member of ACM:SIGAI for three months before the event.  You can sign up at the ACM:SIGAI Website for $11.  Students receiving a SIGAI travel grant will be required to submit a headshot and a post-conference report for display at the ACM:SIGAI Travel Grant Website and possible publication in the AI Matters Newsletter.