NESCAI 2010: The Fourth North East Student Colloquium on Artificial Intelligence

Call for Papers

The fourth annual North-Eastern Student Colloquium on Artificial Intelligence (NESCAI) will be hosted at University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA) on April 16-18. Students are encouraged to submit papers describing new or previously submitted research and ideas in all areas of AI (see partial list below). The primary author on each submitted paper must be a student attending a school in the northeastern United States or eastern Canada. Due to generous sponsorship, a small $50 registration fee covers conference costs and two nights of accommodation. The conference website can be found at

NESCAI is the premier student colloquium on AI, bringing together students from all areas of Artificial Intelligence research. The colloquium hosts students from the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada and aims to foster an exchange of ideas, discussions and networking. NESCAI is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Yahoo Inc., Facebook, and the National Science Foundation.

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission for Review (extended): 5 March 2010
  • Reviewer Responses and Acceptance Decision: 22 March 2010
  • Final Revision of Accepted Papers: 5 April 2010

Submission Details: We welcome both full and short papers. All accepted papers will be presented at a poster session and selected full papers will be accepted for talks.

FULL PAPERS (8 pages): Appendices may exceed the eight-page limit, but the reviewers are under no obligation to read any material beyond the page limit. Full papers may be:
  • Research papers presenting previously submitted or novel research in AI
  • Conceptual papers presenting and motivating new ideas and research directions in AI
  • Survey papers summarizing the state of the art in a particular sub-field of AI

SHORT PAPERS (2 pages): Short papers may be:
  • Research abstracts
  • Progress reports on ongoing research

All submissions will be peer-reviewed using a double-blind system by at least two graduate students in the respective areas. We encourage the resubmission of both previously and currently submitted papers, as long as this is indicated by the author. We will work with authors to ensure that copyrights held by other conferences will not be violated but we do not anticipate any problems, as there will be no formal publication of NESCAI proceedings.

Formatting instructions: Author Guidelines (


Please contact the program committee:

Program Committee:

Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil (Cornell)
Kuzman Ganchev (UPenn)
Alexandra Goultiaeva (UToronto)
Rob Hall (CMU)
George Konidaris (UMass)
Yuri Malitsky (Brown)
David Mimno (UMass, co-chair)
Christian Muise (UToronto)
Megan Olsen (UMass)
Sameer Singh (UMass, co-chair)
Omar F. Zaidan (JHU)
Haoqi Zhang (Harvard)

Content Areas:

  • Agents (game theory, distributed AI, markets, etc.)
  • Applications (e.g., computational biology, sensor networks, etc.)
  • Approaches drawing from critical orientations and science studies
  • Cognitive architectures and modeling
  • Constraint satisfaction
  • Control Learning
  • Game playing and interactive entertainment
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information integration
  • Knowledge bases and expert systems
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Natural language processing
  • Neural networks
  • Planning, scheduling and problem solving
  • Robotics
  • Search
  • Semantic web
  • Uncertainty
  • Vision and perception
  • Other (e.g., art and music, artificial life, philosophical foundations, mathematical foundations, etc.)