PAIS Call for Papers

The Seventh Conference on Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems

29-30 August 2012 - Montpellier, France

Deadline for submission of full papers: 6 March 2012


The PAIS 2012 Program Committee invites papers describing innovative applications of AI techniques to real-world systems and problems for the Technical Program of the 7th International Conference on the Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems - a subconference of the 20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-2012).

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a central topic in contemporary computing science.  The fruits of almost sixty years of AI research have benefited application domains as disparate as industrial systems control and medicine. 

The milestone events in AI research are increasingly regarded as milestones in scientific and technological development: from the first chess playing program to defeat a reigning world champion under standard chess tournament rules, via the first
robot to autonomously traverse 150 miles of rough terrain, to the first computer program that beat humans in a quiz. Techniques, concepts, and results developed under the banner of AI research have proved to be of fundamental importance in areas such as medicine, biology, economics, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, and engineering. And of course, AI remains a topic of perennial fascination in popular culture.

Papers highlighting all aspects of the application of intelligent systems technology are most welcome. Our aim is to provide a forum for academic and industrial researchers and practitioners to share experience and insights on the applicability, development and deployment of intelligent systems. PAIS is the largest showcase in Europe of real applications using AI technology and the ideal place to meet with those working to make successful applications.

PAIS-2012/ECAI-2012 will be held in the vibrant and elegant city of Montpellier, France. With excellent opportunities for sightseeing and gastronomy, Montpellier promises to be a wonderful venue for a memorable conference.


Papers are welcome on all novel and significant applications of intelligent systems -- the following list of application areas is indicative only:

  • AI & Life Sciences and Medicine
  • AI & Autonomous Vehicles
  • AI & Energy
  • AI & Ecology
  • AI & Education
  • AI & Mobile Computing and the Internet
  • AI & Sensor Networks
  • AI & Smart Surroundings
  • AI & Aerospace
  • AI & Poverty Alleviation


Paper submission deadline:   
Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Notification of acceptance/rejection:   
Monday, 21 May 2012

Camera-ready papers due:
Sunday, 3 June 2012

29-30 August 2012


Both long and short papers can be submitted.  Long papers must not exceed *SIX* (6) pages in camera-ready format. Over-length submissions will be rejected without review. Papers should be submitted using the ECAI formatting style, to be available soon on the conference website (this will be very close to previous ECAI styles). Each accepted paper will be allocated six pages in the proceedings. Submission of short papers, not exceeding *TWO* (2) pages in ECAI page format, is also encouraged. Short papers are meant for highly promising but still preliminary work. Short papers will be presented as a poster. Rejected long papers will not be considered for poster presentation.

All submissions will be subject to peer review by the PAIS-2012 Programme Committee, and evaluated on the basis of: social relevance, scientific and technological impact, originality, technical quality, and quality of presentation.

Reviewing for PAIS-2012 will be double blind: reviewers will not be presented with the identity of paper authors. To allow for double blind review, author names in a submitted paper or poster should be replaced by the unique tracking number assigned by the conference website at the submission of an electronic abstract.  Authors should avoid writing anything that makes their identity obvious in the text.

Submissions should be original, and in particular should not previously have been formally published. (As a rule of thumb, any publication venue with an ISBN or ISSN number counts as a formal publication.) Submissions should not be submitted elsewhere during the PAIS-2012 review phase.

The primary authors of submitted papers will be offered the opportunity to respond to the reviewers before the final discussion and decision phase.

The proceedings of the PAIS conference, together with those of the main conference, and STAIRS, will be published online (as an open access book) and USB sticks with the proceedings will be given to the participants. The authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready copies of papers, conforming to the ECAI-2012 formatting guidelines for inclusion in the proceedings.  At least one author of each accepted paper or poster is required to attend the conference to present the contribution. Based on the recommendations made by the reviewers and a separate award committee, one of the accepted long papers will receive the *BEST PAIS PAPER AWARD*. In addition, there will be a *BEST STUDENT PAIS PAPER AWARD* (first author should be a
student to qualify).