SIGAI is participating in the CS2013 Curriculum Initiative, a joint effort to develop an updated curriculum for computer science education that ACM and IEEE initiate every ten years or so. Mehran Sahami and Peter Norvig are the appointed SIGAI officers that are representing our SIG in this initiative. They have been directly engaged in this activity.
SIGAI continues to award a number of scholarships to students to attend the conferences co-sponsored by SIGAI. The amounts of scholarships varied from $1,000 to $10,000 per conference, depending on the conference size. Funding students is a good way to ensure long term growth and vitality in the AI community and a good investment for the future.
SIGAI co-sponsored with AAAI the annual SIGAI/AAAI Doctoral Consortium. The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to discuss in depth their research interests and career objectives with the other participants and a group of established AI researchers that act as individual mentors. Presentations and discussions take place over two days of intense meetings prior to the AAAI conference.
SIGAI sponsors several conferences, including the International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP), the annual conferences on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Automated Software Engineering (ASE), Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT). For these conferences, SIGAI provides financial sponsorship and makes the proceedings available in the ACM Digital Library, which disseminates them to over a million subscribers. A CD of the proceedings of these conferences is mailed to all SIGAI members.
SIGAI granted in-cooperation status to dozens of international conferences, likely many in your areas of interest. We feel it is important to support the community, particularly in developing countries where the endorsement from our organization helps organizers to attract good submissions and attendees to the conferences.
SIGAI has also been working with the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) to continue a special cooperation status regarding the AAMAS conference and the ACM SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award. The ACM SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award is an annual award for excellence in research in the area of autonomous agents, which is awarded by SIGAI.
SIGAI also nominates candidates for a number of ACM awards. We always welcome nominations from SIGAI members. You can submit nominations yourself for a number of awards.
ACM members are potential candidates for other awards, such as ACM Distinguished Member. Please check the SIGAI web site for details.
SIGAI endorses two important new journals of the ACM family. The ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST) publishes the highest quality papers on multi-disciplinary research on intelligent systems. The ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (ACM TiiS) focuses on AI research on the design, realization, or evaluation of interactive systems.