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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. Click here to submit an article.

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

Current issue:

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2018 (HTML | PDF)

Opinion
Welcome to AI Matters 4(2)
Welcome to Volume 4 Issue 2 of AI Matters.
By Amy McGovern, Editor

AI Education
AI Education Matters: Lessons from a Kaggle Click-Through Rate Prediction Competition
Learning what to teach in ML/AI by analyzing Kaggle Click-Through Rate contest winners.
By Todd W. Neller

Event Report
Events
Upcoming AI events.
By Michael Rovatsos

Event Report
Conference Reports
Summary of recent AI events.
By Michael Rovatsos

Event Report
IEEE Big Data 2017 Panel Discussion on Bias and Transparency
Summary of fairness and bias in algorithms in a recent IEEE Big Data panel discussion.
By Abhinav Maurya

AI Policy
AI Policy Matters
AI Policy Matters including ACM’s data collection policies.
By Larry Medsker

Opinion
The New Robber Barons: The Optimistic Objectivists Overturning the Old Order
Are the algorithms becoming the new robber barons?
By Toby Walsh

Opinion
The Challenges of Outreaching
Challenges of outreach and surveys for SIGAI.
By Jinhong K. Guo, ACM SIGAI membership and outreach officer & Rosemary Paradis, ACM SIGAI Secretary/Treasurer.

Paper Précis
Is There an AI Cosmology?
Can we create an AI Cosmology?
By Cameron Hughes & Tracey Hughes

Paper Précis
Non-intervention policy for autonomous cars in a trolley dilemma scenario
Ethics of autonomous cars.
By Bianca Helena Ximenes

Ph.D. Dissertation Briefing
Filtering and Planning for Resource-Constrained Mobile Robots
Dissertation summary for planning with resource constrained mobile robots.
By Tauhidul Alam

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 (through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aimatters2014present) 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.

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Issue Submission Deadline
1 December 1
2 March 1
3 June 1
4 September 1

Editor-In-Chief:

Eric Eaton, University of Pennsylvania

Co-Editor:

Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma

Editorial Board:

Editor emerita:

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

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    • 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