IJCAI-19 Call for Papers: Understanding Intelligence and Human-level AI in the New Machine Learning era

In the last few years we have observed substantial progress in the area of Machine Learning and its applications. The success of statistical and deep learning methods has supported significant advances in some aspects of AI, but is mostly limited to those that depend on learning standalone models from large amounts of annotated data. Not only can humans perform these tasks with orders of magnitude less training data; more significantly, humans engage in reasoning---the ability to manipulate previously acquired knowledge to draw novel inferences, answer new questions, and behave in new situations in ways that make sense. Indeed, it is still unclear how more complex reasoning can implemented and integrated with the progress we have seen from the deep learning side. However, with the new computational resources at our disposal, it is a good time to ask how far we have really come in terms of developing human-level AI and how we can bridge the remaining gap.

In this special track we seek papers that investigate the aforementioned difference between today's state-of-the-art and Human-level AI, and how we can get closer to developing systems that reach the latter. We hope to foster discussion and debate around these issues, and seek papers on the following topics (the list is non-exhaustive, and both technically-oriented and philosophically-oriented contributions are welcome):

Important Dates

Submission Details

Submission Site: https://ijcai2019.confmaster.net/

In the submission system, when you choose keywords, go down the list and you should select the keywords that belong to this special track.

Formatting Guidelines, LaTeX Styles and Word Template: http://www.ijcai.org/authors_kit

Submitted papers must be formatted according to IJCAI guidelines and submitted electronically through the IJCAI-19 special track paper submission site. Full instructions including formatting guidelines and electronic templates are available on the IJCAI-19 website. Submissions must be in electronic form using the IJCAI-19 paper submission software linked above. Submissions must be self-contained; IJCAI-19 will not accept or review any supplementary materials. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work. Authors will be required to agree to this requirement at the time of submission. Abstracts are due electronically on February 19, 2019 (11:59PM UTC-12) and full papers on February 25, 2019 (11:59PM UTC-12). Submissions received after the deadline or that do not meet the length or formatting requirements will not be considered for review (see the paper length and format section below). No email or fax submissions will be accepted. Notification of receipt of an electronically submitted paper will be emailed to the designated contact author soon after receipt. The designated author will be notified by email about acceptance or rejection by May 9, 2019.

Policy on Multiple Submissions

IJCAI-19 will not accept any paper that, at the time of submission, is under review for, has already been published in, or has already been accepted for publication in, a journal or another venue with formally published proceedings. As a rule of thumb, authors should regard any publication with an ISBN or ISSN as a formal publication. Authors are also required not to submit their papers to venues with formal publication during the IJCAI-19 review period. These restrictions are not intended to apply to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited audience and without published proceedings. Authors will be required to confirm that their submissions conform to these requirements at the time of submission. A multiple submission is grounds for immediate rejection of the submitted paper.

Confidentiality Policy

All submissions will be treated in strict confidence until the publication date.

Conflict of Interest Policy

All people involved in the IJCAI-19 review process adhere to the IJCAI conflict of interest policy. Details can be found at http://ijcai.org/.

Paper Length and Format

Like submissions to the main track, submissions to the special track on the Understanding Intelligence and Human-level AI in the New Machine Learning Era should be anonymous.

Submitted technical papers must be no longer than seven pages in total: six pages for the main text of the paper (including all figures but excluding references), and one additional page for references. Note that the references page can only include references. For accepted papers, up to two additional pages may be purchased at an additional cost per page, but note that at the time of submissions, papers should adhere to the guidelines above: six pages for main text plus one page for references. Papers must be formatted according to posted IJCAI-19 guidelines, which will be available on the conference website (the style will be essentially that of previous IJCAI conferences). Electronic templates for the LaTeX typesetting package, as well as a Word template, that conform to IJCAI-19 guidelines will be made available at the conference website. Final camera ready versions will be formatted according to the publisher's instructions. Authors are required to submit their electronic papers in PDF format. Files in Postscript (ps) or any other format will not be accepted. Over-length papers will be rejected without review. Submissions must be self-contained; IJCAI-19 will not accept any supplementary materials other than those specified in the paragraph RESUBMISSIONS OF SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED AAAI-19 Submissions" below. On the other hand, you are welcome to provide an anonymized link to supplemental material containing, for instance, full proofs, additional figures or examples, or more complete data sets. Note however that reviewers won't be required to look at this supplemental material, and that your paper should be self-contained.

Submission Restrictions

The main track of IJCAI-19 is enforcing a submission limit of no more of 10 submissions per individual author. However, papers submitted to the special track do not count for this number of submissions. The list of authors provided at submission time is final. Authors may not be added to, or removed from, papers following submission. (However, author ordering may still be changed.) Also, by submitting a paper to IJCAI-19, authors must acknowledge that they will do their best to contribute in some way to the review process, if asked to.


Please send all enquiries about the Special Track on Understanding Intelligence and Human-level AI in the New Machine Learning era to one or both of the IJCAI-19 Special Track Co-Chairs, Dan Roth (danroth@seas.upenn.edu) and Sebastian Riedel (sebastian.riedel@gmail.com).