STAIRS Call for Papers

The Sixth "Starting Artificial Intelligence Research" Symposium

August, 27-28, 2012
Montpellier, France


We invite students and young post-doctoral AI fellows to submit their work to the Sixth European Starting AI Researcher Symposium (STAIRS). STAIRS is an international meeting intended to support AI researchers, from all countries, at the beginning of their career: PhD  students or people holding a PhD for less than one year. STAIRS 2012 will be co-located with ECAI 2012, the European Conference on AI, in Montpellier, France, August 27-31, 2012.

STAIRS offers doctoral students and young post-doctoral AI researchers:

* a first experience on submitting and presenting a paper in an international forum with a broad scope and a peer review process

* an opportunity to discuss and explore their research interests and European career objectives and opportunities.

Co-located with both ECAI and PAIS, the symposium provides a unique and valuable opportunity for young researchers to gain experience at presenting their work in a supportive scientific environment, and obtain constructive feedback on the technical content of the work as well as how to present the work and other related topics. Specifically, the objectives are: (1) to provide a setting for mutual feedback on participants' current research; (2) to provide guidance on future research directions; (3) to develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research; (4) to support a new generation of researchers with information and advice on academic, research, industrial, and non-traditional career paths; and (5) to contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and participation in ECAI/PAI /STAIRS conference events.

(+) Invited Speakers

To foster the goals of STAIRS, we are happy to have a great selection of invited speakers:

Alan Bundy (University of Edinburgh)
Gemma C. Garriga (INRIA Lille Nord Europe)
Malte Helmert (University of Basel)
Andreas Krause (ETH Zurich)
Michele Sebag (UniversitÈ Paris Sud)


(+) Topics on Interest

Papers are welcome on all aspects of contemporary AI, including, but not restricted to:

* Agent-based & Multiagent Systems
* Case-Based Reasoning
* Cognitive Modeling & Interaction
* Constraints, Satisfiability, and Search
* Information Retrieval & Natural Language Processing
* Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, & Logic
* Machine Learning & Data Mining
* Model-Based Reasoning
* Multidisciplinary Topics & Applications of AI
* Planning, Scheduling, & Auctions
* Robotics, Perception & Sensing
* Statistical Relational AI & Uncertainty in AI
* Web and Knowledge-based Information Systems

(+) Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:
Friday, May 25, 2012

Notification of acceptance/rejection:
Monday, June, 23 2012

Camera-Ready Copy Due:
Sunday, June 30, 2012

August 27-28, 2012

(+) Submission

Both long (12-page) and short (6-page) papers in camery-ready format can be submitted. Over-length submissions will be rejected without review. Papers submitted to STAIRS should conform to presentational style and format of IOS Press' "Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications" (FAIA) series. Details are available on the web site


Each accepted long paper will be allocated TWELVE (12) pages, each short paper SIX (6) pages in the proceedings. From the accepted long papers, both oral and poster presentations will be selected. Accepted short papers will be poster presentations. Authors of ECAI submission may also indicate whether they want a submitted ECAI paper to be considered  as well as a submitted STAIRS paper in case of non-acceptance of the ECAI paper. This, however, will require to change the format for the camera-ready copy. In contrast to ECAI, STAIRS is using IOS Press' FAIA series format as explained above!

So, multiple submissions with ECAI and PAIS are allowed if this is clearly indicated on a front page preceding the paper itself. In borderline cases single submissions will be preferred over multiple submissions. In case of multiple acceptances the author(s) are strictly required to withdraw their paper from all but one of the events.

The proceedings of STAIRS will be published and distributed by IOS Press' "Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications" (FAIA) series. The authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready copies of papers, conforming to the STAIRS 2012 formatting guidelines for inclusion in the proceedings (see above). At least one student author of each accepted paper or poster is required to attend the conference to present the contribution.

Submission and review of papers for STAIRS 2012 will be managed via the EasyChair system:



All submissions will be subject to LIGHT TOUCH review, with the goal of providing constructive feedback to authors.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first author must be a Master student, PhD student or a person holding a PhD for less than one year. Papers not satisfying this criterion will be rejected. 


STAIRS Co-Chairs:

Kristian Kersting, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(University of Bonn, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany)

Marc Toussaint, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany)