Final Call for Papers and Posters

AI-2009: Cambridge, UK, December 15th-17th 2009

Organised by BCS SGAI: The British Computer Society Specialist Group
on Artificial Intelligence (an ECCAI Member Society)

The leading series of UK-based international conferences on Artificial
Intelligence and one of the longest running AI conference series in



AI-2009 is the Twenty-ninth SGAI International Conference on
Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

The scope of the conference comprises the whole range of AI
technologies and application areas. AI-2009 reviews recent technical
advances in AI technologies and shows how these advances have been
applied to solve business problems. Key features of AI-2009 are:

- Papers will be published in book form by Springer.

- The Technical Stream presents the best of recent developments in AI,
covering a wide range of technical areas.

- The Application Stream is the largest annual showcase in Europe of
real applications using AI technology.

- The best papers will be reprinted in a special issue of the
international journal 'Knowledge Based Systems'.

- The Poster Session is a forum for disseminating new developments and
latest work in progress, especially suited to MSc and PhD students.

- Prizes for Best Paper in each stream and Best Poster.

- The programme also includes tutorials and workshops to provide
greater depth in selected topics. (These are free to delegates of the
main conference, but separate registration is also available.)

- The Machine Intelligence (MI) competition exhibits working systems
that are a significant step towards machine intelligence.

- UKCBR-09, the 14th UK CBR Workshop, will be co-located with AI-2009.

- FAIRS-2009, the third annual forum for AI research students will
immediately precede the AI-2009 conference at Peterhouse College on
December 14th, 2009. The aim of FAIRS is to support student members of
the AI community providing advice and feedback on their research plans
and work. This event is free of charge for research students and no
conference registration is required.

- The conference qualifies for the IEE and BCS CPD schemes.

- In addition to the formal sessions, the conference programme
includes a welcome reception and a Gala Dinner.

AI-2009 offers a valuable opportunity to keep up to date with
developments in AI and to share experiences in the practical issues of
developing AI systems.

- Paper/Poster Submission: Monday 1st June 2009

- Notification of Acceptance: Monday 20th July 2009

- Camera Ready Paper: Monday 31st August 2009

Contributions are invited in the form of papers of up to fourteen A4
pages presenting original work in AI. Contributions may be submitted
to either of two streams for oral presentation, or a parallel poster
session (six pages maximum).

Technical Stream

Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): knowledge
engineering; semantic web; constraint satisfaction; intelligent
agents; machine learning; model based reasoning; verification and
validation of AI systems; natural language understanding;
speech-enabled systems; case based reasoning; neural networks; genetic
algorithms; data mining and knowledge discovery in databases;
knowledge representation, inference and reasoning; robotics and
pervasive computing; qualitative and temporal reasoning; knowledge
management; AI languages and environments; robotics and pervasive

Application Stream

Case studies are welcomed describing the application of AI to
real-world problems. Papers in recent years have covered all
application domains, including commerce, manufacturing and government,
and every major AI technique. In addition to case studies and specific
applications of AI, we would welcome papers that discuss issues such
as managing the transfer from research to production of AI-based
products. Papers are selected to highlight critical areas of success
(and failure) and to present the benefits and lessons of value to
other developers. Submitted papers should make these points clear.
Guidance notes for Application Stream authors are available from the

Poster Session

The Poster Session is intended for the presentation of work which
meets the high standards of AI-2009, but which is more topical and
preliminary than the work presented in the main two streams. It is an
excellent forum for disseminating new developments and latest work in
progress, especially suited to MSc and PhD students. Poster papers
will be included as short papers (maximum 6 pages) in the proceedings
volumes. Papers submitted to the Technical and Application streams
will automatically be considered as posters if they fall short of the
standard for oral presentation in full form.

Publication of Papers

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be published
in book form by Springer.

- The books will be prepared from camera-ready copy supplied by the
authors of accepted papers.

- Formatting specifications for the proceedings have been provided by
the publisher and are available from the conference website.

- Authors will retain copyright in all papers published in the two
volumes of proceedings.

- The best six refereed papers in each stream will be reprinted as a
special issue of the international journal Knowledge Based Systems.

Submission of Papers

Papers must be prepared in either Microsoft Word or Latex. Initial
versions of papers should be submitted in PDF format only and uploaded
to the conference website by MONDAY JUNE 1st 2009 at the latest. There
are revised Word macro and Latex style files compared with previous

- At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and
attend the conference to present it in person, for the paper to be

- Presenting authors will be asked to register for the conference at
the discounted speakers' rate when they return the final camera-ready
printed versions of their papers.

Tutorials & workshops

The Conference Committee invites proposals for tutorials and workshops
to be presented on the first day of the conference. These should be
directed in the first instance to the Tutorial/Workshop Organiser.


There are sponsored prizes (a trophy plus 500 pounds) for the best
paper submitted in each stream and a trophy plus a cash prize for the
best poster, awarded on the basis of delegate voting. There is also a
trophy plus a cash prize for the best refereed paper written by a

Machine Intelligence Competition

A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a 1,000 pounds cash prize
will be awarded to the winner of the annual machine intelligence
competition. This prize will be awarded to the working system that is
considered to be the most significant step forward towards Machine
Intelligence on display at the competition.

All further information including details of the conference committee,
program committees, paper format and uploading instructions is given
on the conference website.

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