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Call for Papers

Call for papers (Main track)

AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society

January 27-28, 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Submission deadline: Nov 5 Anywhere on Earth (full paper), 2018
(we have dropped the separate abstract deadline because it caused too much confusion, but there will be no exceptions to the Nov 5 deadline and please be careful to follow the submission requirements below)
Notification: Dec 5, 2018

As AI is becoming more pervasive in our lives, its impact on society is more significant, raising ethical concerns and challenges regarding issues such as value alignment, safety and security, data handling and bias, regulations, accountability, transparency, privacy, and workforce displacement. Only a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder effort can find the best ways to address these concerns, including experts from various disciplines, such as ethics, philosophy, economics, sociology, psychology, law, history, and politics. In order to address these issues in a scientific context, AAAI and ACM have joined forces to start a new conference, the AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society.

The second edition of this conference will be co-located with AAAI-19 on January 27-28, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The program of the conference will include peer-reviewed paper presentations, invited talks, panels, and working sessions.

The conference welcomes contributions on a broad set of topics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Building ethically reliable AI systems
  • Value alignment and AI safety
  • Moral machine decision making
  • Trust and explanations in AI systems
  • Fairness and transparency in AI systems
  • Ethical design and development of AI systems
  • AI for social good
  • Human-level AI
  • Meaningful human control of AI
  • Impact of AI on workforce
  • AI and law
  • AI and surveillance/manipulation of people
  • Cultural, political, and other societal impacts of AI

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.

We solicit papers (PDF file) of up to 6 pages + 1 page for references, submitted through the EasyChair system. All submissions must be made in the appropriate format (see the provided templates here), and within the specified length limit; formatting templates can be found on the conference website. 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. At the initial submission for review stage, it is not necessary to include the copyright slug, nor is it necessary to submit source files as supplementary material. Only the PDF of your formatted paper is required via this EasyChair link.

We expect papers submitted by researchers of several disciplines (AI, computer science, philosophy, economics, law, policy, and others). The program committee includes members that are experts in all the relevant areas, to ensure appropriate review of papers.

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.

Among all papers, a best paper and a best student paper will be selected by the program committee, with $1500 and $1000 prizes respectively, sponsored by the Partnership on AI. There will additionally be a prize awarded via a global competition among several conferences, in which the best paper will be able to participate.

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 (

Conference program co-chairs:

AI: Vincent Conitzer (Duke University)
AI and law/policy: Gillian Hadfield (U. Toronto, Vector Institute, OpenAI)
AI and workforce: Andrew McAfee (MIT)
AI and philosophy: Shannon Vallor (Santa Clara University)