AI Matters: A Newsletter of ACM SIGAI

AI Matters is a quarterly newsletter of the ACM Special Interest Group in Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI) that features ideas and announcements of interest to the AI community. AI Matters is archived and made available in the ACM Digital Library. In addition, the newsletter is also emailed to SIGAI members and made publicly available on the SIGAI Website. Click here to submit an article.

The newsletter also maintains a blog for better interactions with the readers.

Current issue:

Volume 3, Issue 3, Summer 2017 (HTML | PDF)

Welcome to AI Matters, Vol. 3(3)
Welcome to our latest issue.
By Eric Eaton & Amy McGovern

Event Report
AI Events
Listing of upcoming SIGAI-related events.
By Michael Rovatsos

AI News
ACM SIGAI Activity Report
Annual activity of ACM SIGAI.
By Sven Koenig, Sanmay Das, Rosemary Paradis, Eric Eaton, Yolanda Gil,
Katherine Guo, Bojun Huang, Albert Jiang, Benjamin Kuipers, Nicholas Mattei,
Amy McGovern, Larry Medsker, Todd Neller, Plamen Petrov, Michael Rovatsos & David Stork

AI Profiles: An Interview with Maja Matarić
Interview with Maja Matarić.
By Amy McGovern & Eric Eaton

Hot Topics
AI Buzzwords Explained: Multi-Agent Path Finding
Explanation of the hot topic "multi-agent path finding".
By Hang Ma & Sven Koenig

AI Education
AI Education: Deep Neural Network Learning Resources
Resources for teaching and learning about deep learning.
By Todd W. Neller

Event Report
Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Computing
Summary of the 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award Celebration.
By Timothy E. Lee & Justin Svegliato

AI News
ACM SIGAI CHINA: A New Incubator for AI in China
Introduction to the new China chapter of ACM SIGAI.
By Le Dong, Man Yuan, Ming-Liang Xu & Ji Wan

On the Importance of Monitoring and Directing Progress in AI
ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest Winner.
By Lukas Prediger

Truth in the ‘Killer Robots’ Angle?
ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest Winner.
By Matthew Rahtz

How Do We Ensure That We Remain In Control of Our Autonomous Weapons?
ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest Winner.
By Ilse Verdiesen

The Ethics of Automated Behavioral Microtargeting
ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest Winner.
By Dennis G. Wilson

Archived issues:

AI Matters is an electronic publication. Regularly featured submission categories include:

  • AI Impact: Description of an AI system or method that has had a tangible impact on the world outside of the research community. These submissions are intended for dissemination to a general audience, and any technical content must be accessible to non-AI researchers.
  • Book Announcement: Description of a newly published book and its major contributions.
  • Event Reports: Technical conference or workshop reports, policy forums, or community events on topics of general interest to an AI audience.
  • News: These include announcements, open source AI software, course materials, challenges and competitions, and other news of broad interest to AI researchers and practitioners.
  • Opinion: Discussion of thought provoking or controversial issues of interest to the AI community. Opinion pieces with multiple authors are preferred. Responses to previously published opinion pieces are also welcome.
  • Paper Précis: Short summary of the major contributions of a recently published AI paper, written for the general AI audience.
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Briefings: Extended abstracts about recent Ph.D. graduates and their dissertation topics. New Ph.D.s can submit an extended abstract (no page limits), intended for a general AI audience, intended to increase visibility for their work.
  • Tutorial: Short introduction or explanation of an AI concept or technique for the benefit of students or others new to the field. The tutorial could employ text, images, video, or other media.
  • Videos and Images: Audio-visual materials with content of general interest to an AI audience and for disseminating AI ideas to the general public.

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Each issue features a highlight image with an accompanying article describing it. We encourage creative, beautiful, eye-catching submissions.

The newsletter includes deadlines and dates for SIGAI-sponsored conferences. Calls for papers and other announcements for conferences or workshops are not appropriate for publication in the newsletter.

All contributions are edited for relevance, clarity, and suitable length.

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Issue Submission Deadline
Fall July 15
Winter October 15
Spring January 15
Summer April 15


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Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma

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Editor emerita:

Kiri Wagstaff, JPL/Caltech (founding Editor-In-Chief)

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    • Doug Lange, SPAWAR Systems Center, US Navy
    • Kiri Wagstaff, JPL/Caltech
    • Xiaojin (Jerry) Zhu, University of Wisconsin-Madison