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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.

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

Current issue:

Volume 3, Issue 1, Winter 2017 (HTML | PDF)

Welcome to AI Matters, Vol. 3(1)
A welcome from the Editors of AI Matters and a summary of highlights in this issue.
By Eric Eaton & Amy McGovern

Hot Topics
AI Buzzwords Explained: Scientific Workflows
In this new column, a guest expert will discuss a hot AI topic. This issue’s topic is “scientific workflows.”
By Daniel Garijo

AI News
AI Policy: Organizations, Resources, and Recent Symposia
This new column discusses AI policy issues, accompanying the AI Matters blog posts on this topic.
By Larry Medsker

AI Education
AI Education: Open-Access Educational Resources on AI
This issue’s AI Education column focuses on resources for learning about and teaching AI.
By Todd W. Neller

AI Profiles: An Interview with Jim Kurose
This issue’s AI spotlight is on Jim Kurose from the National Science Foundation.
By Amy McGovern & Eric Eaton

Ph.D. Dissertation Briefing
Learning Peripersonal Space Representation in a Humanoid Robot with Artificial Skin
Dissertation abstract.
By Alessandro Roncone

Ph.D. Dissertation Briefing
Multimodal Concepts for Social Robots
Dissertation abstract.
By Olivier Mangin

Ph.D. Dissertation Briefing
Learning the State of the World: Object-based World Modeling for Mobile Manipulation Robots
Dissertation abstract.
By Lawson L.S. Wong

Ph.D. Dissertation Briefing
Evolutionary Online Learning in Multirobot Systems
Dissertation abstract.
By Fernando Silva, Luis Correia, & Anders Lyhne Christensen

Ph.D. Dissertation Briefing
Interactions Between Learning and Decision Making
Dissertation abstract.
By Theja Tulabandhula

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.

All submissions (emailed to ) should be formatted in LaTeX, follow the AI Matters template, and should include:

Additional formatting instructions are included with the author kit.

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.

Contact the editor at if you have an idea and want to determine if it is relevant.

Notice to Contributing Authors to SIG Newsletters

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  • to publish in print on condition of acceptance by the editor
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However, as a contributing author, you retain copyright to your article and ACM will refer requests for republication directly to you.

Target Publication and Submission Dates:

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


Eric Eaton, University of Pennsylvania


Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma

Editorial Board:

  • Sanmay Das, Washington University in Saint Louis
  • Alexei Efros, University of California at Berkeley
  • Susan L. Epstein, The City University of New York
  • Yolanda Gil, University of Southern California
  • Doug Lange, SPAWAR Systems Center, US Navy
  • Kiri Wagstaff, JPL/Caltech
  • Xiaojin (Jerry) Zhu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Editor emerita:

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