The IJCAI-97 Program Committee invites submissions of technical papers for IJCAI-97, which is to be held in Nagoya, Japan, August 23-29, 1997. Submissions are invited on substantial, original, and previously unpublished research on all aspects of AI.


Authors must first submit their paper's title page (preferably electronically, as described below) to arrive by January 21, 1997. They must then submit six complete printed copies of their paper to arrive by January 23, 1997. Submissions received after that date will be returned unopened. Authors should note that mail can sometimes be considerably delayed, especially during the winter in North America, and should take this into account when timing their submissions.

Notification of receipt will be mailed to the first author (or designated author) soon after receipt. Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted papers will be mailed to the first author (or designated author) by March 28, 1997.

Camera-ready copy of accepted papers must be received by the publisher in the USA by April 28, 1997. Note that at least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work.

Electronic Title Page

Because of the huge number of submissions anticipated and the tight schedule we have to assign reviewers, we require that authors who desire to submit a full paper declare their intention by submitting a title page by January 21, 1997. The strongly preferred method is by using a World-Wide-Web (WWW) browser such as Netscape to connect to:


There they will find a title page submission form, which they can fill in, and submit. Upon submission, they will be given a unique tracking number which should be marked on the full paper submission.

Authors who do not have access to a WWW browser with forms support should mail a printed title page to the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, whose address is at the end of this Call. This title page must arrive by January 21, 1997, and should have the following format:

author: name of first author
address: address of first author
author: name of last author
address: address of last author
title:  title of the paper
abstract: abstract
content areas: first area,..., last area

The abstract should be less than 200 words. Authors who submit printed title pages may omit a tracking number from the full paper. Also, authors who are submitting a printed title page, and who wish to avoid a second mailing, may mail their title pages and papers together, both to arrive by January 21, 1997.

We cannot accept title pages that are submitted by email or FAX.

Content Areas

To facilitate the reviewing process, authors are requested to select one or more appropriate content area keywords from the list below, to appear on their title page and on the submitted paper. Please use the exact phrases below; do not make up new keywords, since they will be ignored by the paper classification software.

AI architectures, applications, art and music, artificial life, audition, automated modeling, automated reasoning, control, belief revision, case-based reasoning, causality, cognitive modeling, common sense reasoning, computational complexity, computer-aided education, constraint satisfaction, decision theory, decision trees, design, description logics, diagnosis, discourse, discovery, distributed AI, enabling technologies, expert systems, game playing, genetic algorithms, geometric or spatial reasoning, information retrieval and gathering, knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, lifelike characters, machine learning, machine translation, mathematical foundations, multiagent systems, multimedia, natural language processing, network agents, neural networks, nonmonotonic reasoning, ontologies, perception, philosophical foundations, planning, probabilistic reasoning, problem solving, qualitative reasoning, reactive control, real-time systems, reinforcement learning, robotics, scheduling, scientific discovery, search, simulation, software agents, speech understanding, syntax, temporal reasoning, theorem proving, user interfaces, virtual reality, vision

Policy on Multiple Submissions

IJCAI will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is under review for, or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also expected not to submit their papers elsewhere during IJCAI's review period. These restrictions apply only to journals and conferences, not to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited audience.

Paper Format

All six copies of a submitted paper must be clearly legible. Letter quality print is required. Normally, dot-matrix printout will be unacceptable unless truly of letter quality. Exceptions will be made for submissions from countries where high quality printers are not widely available. We cannot accept email or FAX submissions of full papers. Submissions must be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch or A4 paper.

Title Page

Each copy of the paper must have a title page, separate from the body of the paper, including the title of the paper, the names and addresses of all authors, a short abstract of less than 200 words, a list of content areas (see above), tracking number from electronic submission of title page (if any, see above), and acknowledgements (if any). In addition, it must contain the following declaration:
This paper has not already been accepted by and is not currently under review for a journal or another conference, nor will it be submitted for such during IJCAI's review period.

Please do not staple the title page to the body of the paper.

Paper Body

The paper body begins on the second page, and should be formatted identically with the format for camera-ready copy of accepted papers (except for the omission of names and affiliations).

Detailed instructions on the required format are available from IJCAI's home page on the World-Wide-Web. In addition, macros for word processing systems have been developed to faciliate the formatting of paper submissions, and will be available from IJCAI's home page:


You can also get formatting instructions and macros by sending email to info@ijcai.org; the server will respond with instructions.

Submissions must not exceed 6 pages in camera-ready format. Overlength papers will be returned without review. Each accepted paper will be allowed 6 pages in the proceedings; up to 2 additional pages may be purchased at a price of $250 per page.

Authors from countries in which access to word-processing systems is limited may submit unformatted papers. The body of these submissions must be at most 6200 words, including footnotes, figure captions, tables, appendices, and bibliography. Each half-page of figures will be counted as 500 words. Papers longer than 6200 words will be returned without review. Authors submitting unformatted papers must include a word count on the first page of their paper body.

In order to make blind reviewing possible, authors should omit their names and affiliations from the paper body. In place of their names and affiliations, they should provide the list of content areas and their paper's tracking number. (Authors without access to Web browsers, who therfore did not submit electronic abstracts, may omit the tracking number.)

Also, while the references should include all published literature relevant to the paper, including previous works of the authors, it should not include unpublished works. When referring to one's own work, use the third person, rather than the first person. For example, say "Previously, Pollack [7] has shown that...", rather than "In our previous work [7] we have shown that...." Try to avoid including any information in the body of the paper or references that would identify the authors or their institutions. Such information can be added to the final camera-ready version for publication.

Review Process

Papers will be subject to blind peer review: reviewers will not be aware of the identities of the authors. Selection criteria include accuracy and originality of ideas, clarity and significance of results and the quality of the presentation.

The decision of the Program Committee, taking into consideration the individual reviews, will be final and cannot be appealed. Papers selected will be scheduled for presentation and will be printed in the proceedings. Authors of accepted papers, or their representatives, are expected to present their papers at the conference.

Paper Submissions and Inquiries

The American Association for Artificial Intelligence will be providing administrative support to the IJCAI-97 Program Committee. Paper submissions should be sent to the address below. Note that it is essential that the first line of the address be "IJCAI-97".
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
445 Burgess Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025-3496 USA
Please send program suggestions and inquiries to:

Prof. Martha Pollack, Program Chair
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 USA
FAX: +1-412-624-5249

Last modified: Jan 12 23:59:06 1997