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29 aug - 02 sep

STAIRS Call for papers

The Eighth “Starting Artificial Intelligence Research” Symposium

Submit a Paper!

We invite students and young post-doctoral AI fellows to submit their work to the Eighth 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 2016 will be co-located with ECAI 2016, the European Conference on AI, in The Hague, Holland, 26 Aug – 2 Sept 2016.

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

  • a first experience of 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;
(5) to contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and participation in ECAI/PAIS/STAIRS conference events.

Topics of Interest

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

  • Applications of AI
  • Autonomous Agents & Multi-agent Systems
  • Case-Based Reasoning
  • Cognitive Modelling & Cognitive Architectures
  • Computational Creativity
  • Constraints, Satisfiability, and Search
  • Information Retrieval & Natural Language Processing
  • Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Machine Learning & Data Mining
  • Model-Based Reasoning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Planning and Scheduling,
  • Robotics, Perception, Vision and Sensing
  • Social Intelligence and Socio-Cognitive Systems
  • Uncertainty in AI
  • Web and Knowledge-based Information Systems
  • Multidisciplinary Topics

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: 16 May, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 13 June, 2016
  • Camera-ready Copy Due: 20 June, 2016
  • Conference: 29-30 August, 2016


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

All papers must be submitted via the Easychair system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=stairs2016

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. Multiple submissions with ECAI and PAIS are allowed providing in each case this is clearly indicated on a front page preceding the paper itself. In borderline cases single submissions to STAIRS 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. Note that each submission must conform to the specific formatting requirements of that event.

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 2016 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.

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 PhD student or a person holding a PhD for less than one year. Papers not satisfying this criterion will be rejected.

STAIRS Co-Chairs:

H. Sofia Pinto (IST, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
David Pearce (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)

Contact: stairs-chairs@ecai2016.org