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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 7, ISSUE 2, 2021 (full issue)

Welcome to AI Matters 7(2)
Welcome and Summary
By Iolanda Leite, co-editor, & Anuj Karpatne, co-editor

Upcoming SIGAI Events
By Dilini Samarasinghe

Event Reports
Conference Reports
By Louise A. Dennis

AI Education
Enlichenment: Insights Towards AI Impact in Education through a Mycelial Partnership between Research, Policy, and Practice
AI Education Matters
By Carolyn P. Rose

AI News
AI Policy Matters
Policy issues relevant to SIGAI
By Larry Medsker

Paper Précis
Learning Natural Language Interfaces with Neural Models
Applied AI Matters
By Li Dong

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: 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.

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Target Publication and Submission Dates:

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


Iolanda Leite, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Anuj Karpatne, Virginia Tech

Editorial Board:

  • Sanmay Das, George Mason University
  • 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
  • Nicholas Mattei, Tulane University

Editor emerita:

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

Eric Eaton, University of Pennsylvania

Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma