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Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium will take place in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART), to be held March 6 - 8 in Angers, France. The ICAART 2014 doctoral consortium will provide an opportunity for graduate students to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished experts in the field.

The Doctoral Consortium on Agents and Artificial Intelligence is intended to bring together Ph.D. students within the agents and artificial intelligence fields to discuss their research in an international forum. More precisely, the Doctoral Consortium will provide students with an opportunity to:

- Present their research work in a relaxed and supportive environment;
- Receive feedback and suggestions from peers and experienced faculty members;
- Gain an overview of the breadth and depth of agents and artificial intelligence;
- Obtain insight into directions for pattern recognition taken by other doctoral candidates;
- Discuss concerns about research, supervision, the job market, and other issues;
- Network with peers and future colleagues


Thus, the symposium will help shape ongoing and future research projects aimed at agents and artificial intelligence, will promote scholarship and networking among new researchers in this emerging interdisciplinary area, and will expose these promising young researchers to the larger global community.

DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM REQUIREMENTS AND RULES

The Doctoral Consortium is based on the following requirements and rules:
  • It is open only to Doctoral Students who have started their research;
  • Each student with an accepted paper at the Doctoral Consortium must register and attend ICAART: a special student fee applies;
  • Each paper must be presented by the student
  • Submissions will be judged mainly on relevance, originality, technical quality and clarity;
  • Paper length: up to 12 pages;
  • Papers must be written in MS-Word or Latex including the following information:
    • research problem;
    • outline of objectives;
    • state of the art;
    • methodology and
    • expected outcome;
    • stage of the research.
Registered papers will be included in the CD-ROM that includes the proceedings of the conference and the papers presented at the venue will also be included in the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. However, they will not be included in the book of proceedings as archival publications therefore they will remain free of copyright.

HOW TO APPLY TO THE DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM

To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please submit your paper through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and follow the instructions and templates (MSWord and LaTex ) that can be found under Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


ACCEPTED STUDENTS SHOULD PREPARE:

1. An introduction of themselves and their Ph.D. project for the introductory session. 1 slide only. Duration: 60 sec max.
2. A 10 minute presentation of their Ph.D. project (4 slides max) to be used for introducing discussion about their project and its main issues during the small group sessions.
3. Students are also invited to prepare a poster about their Ph.D. for the main conference poster session.

BEST PhD PROJECT AWARD

A "Best PhD Project Award" will be conferred to the student of a paper presented at the conference doctoral consortium, selected by the Doctoral Chair based on the combination of paper reviewing marks and the feedback of the Advisory Board. The award will be announced and bestowed at the conference closing session. The author of an awarded paper will be entitled to:
  • A signed and stamped official award certificate;
  • The announcement of their achievement on a special conference webpage;
  • A one year free membership of INSTICC (http://www.insticc.org), warranting full access to the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. If already an INSTICC member, then this offer adds one year to her/his current membership.
  • A voucher for a free or reduced registration* in one event sponsored by INSTICC, valid during a 12 months period, including all conference materials (without the printed proceedings). This voucher is only available if the presenter attends the closing session and receives the award.
* Speakers are entitled to a 50% discount over the basic registration fee; non-speakers are entitled to a free registration.

DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM CHAIR

Florence Bannay
IRIT - Toulouse University
France
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Brief Bio
Florence Bannay is lecturer in computer science at Toulouse University since April 2005 and member of the ADRIA team (whose key words are Argumentation, Decision, Reasonning, Uncertainty and Learning) of IRIT laboratory (Toulouse Computer Science Research Institute). She obtained her Ph.D at Toulouse University in December 1996, this same year she was teacher assistant at Reims University. From 1997 to 2003, she was lecturer at Angers University where she was member of the LERIA. Her main teaching subjects are Artificial Intelligence and Graph Theory. Her research field is Artificial Intelligence with a particular focus on the following topics: - Reasonning about change (Revision, Update, Extrapolation...) in knowledge base systems, Causality,- Argumentation and Dialog, - Weighted logics (penalty logic, possibilistic logic) and Preference handling. She has been reviewer, as well as author of articles, for international journals and conferences (such as Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy Sets and System, AAAI, ECAI, EUMAS, ICAART, IJCAI, JELIA, KR). Finally, she was involved in several national projects on artificial intelligence.

ADVISORY BOARD

The Doctoral Consortium advisory board will comment each presentation and at the end of the consortium there will be a general discussion, including a reflection about current and future research topics in the area.


Joaquim Filipe, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal / INSTICC, Portugal
Béatrice Duval, LERIA, University of Angers, France
Jaap van den Herik, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Henry Lieberman, MIT Media Laboratory, United States
Claude Frasson, University of Montreal, Canada
Pieter Spronck, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Igor Stephan, University of Angers, France

Important Deadlines

Doctoral Consortium Submission: December 10, 2013 (expired)
Author Notification: January 10, 2014 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: January 31, 2014 (expired)


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