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UAI 2014 - Call for Workshops

For the third year running, the Association for Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI) solicits workshop proposals to supplement the program of the UAI 2014 conference. This is an expansion of the decade-long practice of holding a single applications-oriented workshop at UAI, to encourage including a wider range of topics than occupy the main conference sessions.

This year the main conference is co-locating with both AAAI and CogSci conferences. We invite researchers interested in organizing workshops to consider submit a proposal that may be of interest to participants at these other conferences. Proposals will be judged on their originality, relevance to the UAI conference themes, and likelihood of their success.

The point of having workshops is to expand the discussion around the main conference, to topics that are more speculative, applied, emerging, or multi-disciplinary, by providing an informal forum for researchers to discuss important questions and challenges such areas bring up. In previous years, papers presented at workshops have been archived on sites that archive publications for free, such as CEUR.

Important dates

  • Monday, July 27, 2014: Workshop day.
  • Friday, January 31, 2014: Workshop proposal deadline.
  • Monday, February 24, 2014: Acceptance notification.

Submission Guidelines

We have limited space for all-day or half-day workshops to be held on Monday, July 27th, following the regular program of the UAI conference on 23-26th July. This date overlaps one day with the two days of AAAI workshops on the 27-28th July. Organizers may want to keep the AAAI workshop topics in mind when choosing their own topics.

Workshop organizers are expected to coordinate workshop participation and content, including arranging the day's schedule with possible invited presentations, paper or poster sessions, and commentators to sit on discussion panels. Organizers are encouraged to circulate a call for participation if appropriate, with freedom to set submission and notification dates as they see fit, keeping in mind that in the past that workshop submission dates have been set just after the main conference notification date, which this year is May 30th 2014.

Registration and fees for participants will be managed centrally as part of the main conference. The main conference website will post a link to the workshop websites that organizers are expected to provide.

Organizers are free to decide the full content of proposals. At a minimum when proposing a workshop, please include the following sections:

  1. Description of the proposed workshop:
    Indicate what this workshop is about and why this is an interesting and novel subject for the UAI audience. If it relates to workshops that have been previously held on the topic, please provide its history.
  2. Format & content:
    Include a tentative schedule for either a full or half-day workshop. Some workshops include a substantial tutorial component if the topic is not familiar to some of the audience you'd like to attract. If so please give background on your likely invited speakers. In case you already have an informal confirmation from some speakers, you may indicate that in your proposal.
  3. Description of expected participation:
    Specify who the target audience is. Which fields do you expect participants to come from? How heavily subscribed do you expect it to be? ---Note that a small but novel meeting might be more valuable than reviving a widely popular but well-worn subject.
  4. Your qualifications as organizers:
    Please include the names, e-mail addresses, and webpages of all organizers, in addition to a short bio of organizers' background, research program and interests.
Proposals should be sent by email (in plain text or pdf format) to by Jan, 31, 2014.

John Mark Agosta
Workshop Chair UAI 2014

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