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 5, Issue 3, 2019 (HTML | PDF)

Welcome to AI Matters 5(3)
Welcome and Summary
By Amy McGovern, co-editor & Iolanda Leite, co-editor

AI News
ACM SIGAI Activity Report
Annual Report for ACM SIGAI.
By Sven Koenig, Sanmay Das, Rosemary Paradis, John Dickerson, Yolanda Gil, Katherine Guo, Benjamin Kuipers, Iolanda Leite, Hang Ma, Nicholas Mattei, Amy McGovern, Larry Medsker, Todd Neller, Marion Neumann, Plamen Petrov, Michael Rovatsos & David G. Stork

AI News
Help Communities Solve Real-World Problems with AI - Become a Technovation Mentor!
Mentors needed to help families, schools and communities to learn, play and create with AI
Tara Chklovski

Event Reports
Upcoming AI events
By Michael Rovatsos

AI Education
AI Education Matters: Building a Fake News Detector
Building a Fake News Detector
By Michael Uerzhoy, Lisa Zhang & Georgy Noarov

AI Education
AI Education Matters: A First Introduction to Modeling and Learning Using the Data Science Workflow
Modeling and Learning using the Data Science Workflow
By Marion Neumann

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

Paper Précis
Advancing Non-Convex and Constrained Learning: Challenges and Opportunities
Latest research trends in AI
By Tianbao Yang

Paper Précis
Considerations for AI Fairness for People with Disabilities
Contributed article
By Shari Trewin, Sara Basson, Michael Muller, Stacy Branham, Jutta Treviranus, Daniel Gruen, Daniel Hebert, Natalia Lyckowski & Erich Manser

Paper Précis
The Intersection of Ethics and AI
Winning essay from the 2018 ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest
By Annie Zhou

Paper Précis
Artificial Intelligence: The Societal Responsibility to Inform, Educate and Regulate
Winning essay from the 2018 ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest
By Alexander D. Hilton

Paper Précis
The Necessary Roadloack to Artificial General Intelligence: Corrigibility
Winning essay from the 2018 ACM SIGAI Student Essay Contest
By Yat Long Lo, Chung Yu Woo & Ka Lok Ng

AI generated Crosswords
By Adi Botea

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.

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

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Target Publication and Submission Dates:

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


Amy McGovern, University of Oklahoma

Iolanda Leite, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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)

Eric Eaton, University of Pennsylvania