Thirteenth Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence

August 1-3, 1997
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

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UAI '97 Program Chairs

For submission and program inquiries :

Dan Geiger
Computer Science Department
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, 32000

Tel: 972-4-9931240
Fax: 972-4-8221128

Prakash Shenoy
School of Business
University of Kansas
Summerfield Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-2003

Tel: (913) 864-7551
Fax: (913) 864-5328

General Conference Chair

For general conference inquiries :

Eric Horvitz
Decision Theory and Adaptive Systems Group
Microsoft Research, 9S
Redmond, WA, USA

Tel: (206) 936 2127
Fax: (206) 936 0502

UAI '97 Call for Papers

The effective handling of uncertainty is critical in designing, understanding, and evaluating computational systems tasked with making intelligent decisions. For over a decade, the Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) has served as the central meeting on advances in methods for reasoning under uncertainty in computer-based systems. The conference is the annual international forum for exchanging results on the use of principled uncertain-reasoning methods to solve difficult challenges in AI. Theoretical and empirical contributions first presented at UAI have continued to have significant influence on the direction and focus of the larger community of AI researchers.

The scope of UAI covers a broad spectrum of approaches to automated reasoning and decision making under uncertainty. Contributions to the proceedings address topics that advance theoretical principles or provide insights through empirical study of applications. Interests include quantitative and qualitative approaches, and traditional as well as alternative paradigms of uncertain reasoning. Innovative applications of automated uncertain reasoning have spanned a broad spectrum of tasks and domains, including systems that make autonomous decisions and those designed to support human decision making through interactive use.

We encourage submissions of papers for UAI '97 that report on advances in the core areas of representation, inference, learning, and knowledge acquisition, as well as on insights derived from building or using applications of uncertain reasoning.

We also call for submissions of statements of open problems of wide interest for a discussion in a plenary session (see details below).

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):


Principles and Methods

Empirical Study and Applications

For papers focused on applications in specific domains, we suggest that the following issues be addressed in the submission :

Submission and Review of Papers

Papers submitted for review should represent original, previously unpublished work (details on policy on submission uniqueness are available at the UAI 97 www homepage). Submitted papers will be evaluated on the basis of originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition. Click here for details on UAI '97 policy regarding parallel submission and uniqueness of submission.

Papers may be accepted for presentation in plenary or poster sessions. All accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings of the Thirteenth Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, published by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. An outstanding student paper will be selected for special distinction.

Submitted papers must be at most 20 pages of 12pt Latex article style or equivalent (about 4500 words). See the UAI-97 homepage for additional details about UAI submission policies.

We strongly encourage the electronic submission of papers. To submit a paper electronically, send two email messages to the program chairs at:

The first message includes the following information (in this order):

The second message includes an electronic version of the paper (Postscript format). The subject line of the second message should be: $.ps, where $ is an identifier created from the last name of the first author, followed by the first initial of the author's first name. Multiple submissions by the same first author should be indicated by adding a number (e.g., to the end of the identifier. Authors will receive electronic confirmation of the successful receipt of their articles.

Authors unable to submit papers electronically should send the first four items electronically to the email address above, and 5 copies of the complete paper to one of the Program Chairs at the addresses listed below.

Submission of Challenging Problems

This year we plan to hold an experimental plenary session entitled "Challenging Problems in Uncertain Reasoning" to discuss critical open problems. We request that interested researchers submit a description of a critical open problem of wide interest that they consider central to UAI (according to the guidelines for regular papers). The submission should include a clear, unambiguous statement of the problem, ideas on possible solutions, and a survey of the relevant literature where applicable. The statement should be no more than four pages in length. Problems selected by the program chairs will be presented in a plenary session. For each problem selected for presentation, authors will give a concise presentation of the problem and its prospective solutions. Following the brief presentations, there will be open discussion of the problem and potential solutions with the entire audience. Although the Challenging Problems will not appear in the proceedings, proposals will be posted on the UAI '97 web pages by May 15 to allow participants to study them and to interact with the authors.

Important Dates

Formatting camera-ready copy

Primary contacts on accepted papers will receive camera-ready preparation kits in the mail. These kits include detailed instructions to authors on preparing their papers for publication in the proceedings. The proceedings format will be 8.5 x 11 inch, two-column format. We are striving to produce a uniform, professional appearance, rather than a random collection of formats. A LaTEX format style file has been prepared to allow you to generate camera-ready copy in the required format, as detailed in the instructions to authors.

Travel to UAI '97

AIRPLANE: The Brown University campus is located about 10 miles from T. F. Green Airport. Taxi fare is about $20.00 one way. The most economical transportation ($9.00 one way) is Airport Van Shuttle Service (401) 736-1900. The limousine will take you to Faunce House Arch or, upon request, the Thayer Street Quadrangle, 101 Thayer Street.

From Logan International Airport (Boston), take the Bonanza bus to Providence ($14.00 one way or $24.00 round trip). Buses run almost hourly (on the half hour) and circulate throughout the terminal area. The bus schedule from Logan to Providence is as follows: 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 am, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 8:30, 10:30 pm and midnight. The Bonanza bus will drop you off at the Providence bus terminal located just north of Providence. From there, you can take a shuttle to Kennedy Plaza in the heart of downtown, then take a cab to your hotel or campus. Or take a cab directly from the bus station to the hotel or campus.

BUS: Bonanza and Greyhound buslines provide service to Providence. The bus station is located north of Providence's downtown. From there, you can take a shuttle to Kennedy Plaza in the heart of downtown, then take a cab to your hotel. Or take a cab directly from the bus station to the hotel.

TRAIN: Providence is on the Northeast Corridor Amtrak route. The new train station, completed in 1986, is located in the center of Providence's downtown, just below the State House. It is a brief walk or taxi ride to campus or your hotel. The latest schedule information on this route is provided on the web by Amtrak .

By Car: If you are traveling by car, Providence is located on Interstate Route 95, the major East Coast interstate. Providence is three hours from New York City and less than one hour from Boston. Brown University is situated on College Hill, overlooking Benefit Street.

If you are traveling south from the Boston area, take Interstate 95 south to Exit 20 (Cape Cod, East Providence). Take Interstate 195 East to Exit 2. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Wickenden Street. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Brook Street. Continue on Brook until you see a parking garage on your left and a fire station on your right. At this intersection, turn left onto Power Street. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Thayer Street. The Thayer Street Quadrangle/Brown Guest Rooms will be on your right.

If you are traveling north from Connecticut or Green State Airport, take Interstate 95 north to Exit 20 (Cape Cod, East Providence). Follow the same directions as if you were traveling from Interstate 95 south.

UAI '97 will be located in historic buildings on the Main Green at Brown University Copyright 1995 Brown University. All Rights Reserved. John Forasté, Photographer.

Accommodations for UAI '97

Several blocks of rooms of campus housing at Brown University have been reserved for UAI attendees. In addition, there are five hotels within a 1 mile radius from the UAI Conference.


Nearby hotels include the Omni Biltmore, (800) 843-6664, Marriott Hotel, (800) 228-9290, Holiday Inn, (800) 465-4329, the Westin Hotel (800) 228-3000, and the Days Hotel (800) 329-7466. Click here for details on these hotels as well as recommendations for other hotels in the area. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations.

On Campus Housing

There are several options for housing on campus. Available campus housing includes dormitory rooms and limited numbers of hotel-style Guest Rooms.

Single and double dormitory rooms share community bathrooms. Air conditioned single rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis at $45.00 per night. Single rooms without air conditioning are available at $36.00 per night, or at $34.00/person/night for a double. Some buildings are accessible to the mobility impaired and a handful of rooms are acceptable for use by guests in wheelchairs. Each room in a standard dormitory is equipped with one or more of the following: single-sized bed, pillow, desk and chair, dresser, bookcase, closet and overhead light. Bathrooms are located on each floor. Campus and local telephone service is provided at no charge but telephone instruments are not provided. Guests must bring their own telephones. For long-distance service, guests must use a credit card. The dormitory rate includes each room made up with linen, towels, pillow, blanket, drinking glasses and soap; daily (weekday only) cleaning of bathrooms, kitchens, lounges and common areas and removal of trash from common areas. This rate also includes use of the athletic facilities and the ambulance/EMT service.

To register for dormitory housing, please access a copy of the Brown University Housing form (housing forms can be accessed in html, postscript, ascii, Word, and WordPerfect formats) and send the requested information directly to the Brown University housing office by mail or fax (fax number: 401-863-7300). You also have the option of sending your completed form via email to the UAI '97 on-campus housing address. Use the ascii form or simply copy and paste the html form from your web browser into your email client and send the ascii version directly to the housing office at

Reservations received before June 20 will be confirmed by Brown University. You will receive a note confirming your reservation directly from the Brown University housing office.

There are a limited number of hotel-style Guest Rooms (in the Thayer Street Quadrangle) available at $85.00 per room per night, single or double occupancy. Guest Rooms are air conditioned and have individual heating and cooling controls, color television, telephones and daily housekeeping service. The rate includes parking and a complimentary continental breakfast.

To register for one of the Guest Rooms, please contact Brown Guest Rooms directly at 401-863-7500.

Any additional questions about on-campus housing can be answered by the Brown Housing office at 401-863-7500.

Childcare at UAI '97

If you desire information about child care services, you may contact Babysitters at (401) 421-1213. This information is provided for the convenience of the attendees who may wish to arrange child care services. UAI '97 and Brown University, in no way, endorse, recommend, or claim to represent services provided by this agency and/or individuals with who child care may be arranged. Responsibility for arrangements must be assumed by the parents.

Here is a picture of the Van Wickle Gates (1901), entrance to the Main Green at Brown University, where UAI '97 will be held. The gates frame University Hall (1770). Copyright 1995 Brown University. All Rights Reserved. John Forasté, Photographer.

Location on Campus

UAI '97 will be held in buildings at or close to the Main Green at Brown University, a short walk from on campus housing. Registration and plenary sessions will be held Salomon Hall and poster sessions will be held in nearby Sayles Hall. Lunches will be held in the Sharpe Refectory and the UAI 97 Dinner Banquet will be held in Andrews Hall. The Brown University campus is located within a mile of the heart of downtown Providence, close to shops, museums, cultural activities and public transportation. A number of restaurants are located around the campus. The Providence Performing Arts Center, historic Benefit Street, the Rhode Island School of Design, shops, and galleries are within walking distance.

Weather during UAI '97

It is often warm and dry in July and August, but visitors should be prepared for rain. Average daily temperatures are a high of 82.1 F and a low of 63.2 F. Average precipitation for the month is 3.18 inches. For those interested, for this time of year p(sunny day|\xi) = 0.63, as reported by the Brown conference people. No sample size was reported and we do not have additional information on a clarity test for the event "sunny day this time of year."

Conference proceedings from earlier years

General UAI Information

The UAI conference is organized under the auspices of the Association for Uncertainty in AI (AUAI). The Association home page contains information on several issues, including the UAI mailing list for email postings and discussions of topics related to the representation and management of uncertain information.

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