Call: AI-2020 – SGAI International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence


AI-2020: 40th International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Cambridge, UK
December 15th-17th 2020

Organised by BCS SGAI: The British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence (a EurAi Member Society). The leading series of UK-based international conferences on Artificial Intelligence and one of the longest running AI conference series in Europe.

Deadline for submissions: 3rd July 2020

AI-2020 is the FORTIETH annual SGAI International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

The scope of the conference comprises the whole range of AI technologies and application areas. AI-2020 reviews recent technical advances in AI technologies and shows how these advances have been applied to solve business problems. Key features are:

  • Papers will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) subseries of the popular Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series (
  • Papers will be presented in two streams. The Technical Stream presents the best of recent developments in AI, covering a wide range of technical areas. The Application Stream is the largest annual showcase in Europe of real applications using AI technology.
  • It is expected that the best papers will be reprinted in a special issue of an international journal.
  • A mixture of full papers (maximum 14 A4 pages) presented orally and short papers (maximum 6 A4 pages) presented as posters. Papers of both kinds will be included in the proceedings.
  • Prizes for best paper and best student paper in each stream and best short paper.
  • Invited keynote lectures.
  • The first day comprises tutorials and workshops to provide greater depth in selected topics, including UK CBR-20, the twenty-fifth CBR symposium. (Separate one-day registration for this day is also available.)
  • A panel session on a topical subject.
  • An ‘AI Open Mic’ session to allow delegates to have their say about any aspect of AI.
  • In addition to the formal sessions, the conference programme includes a welcome reception and a Gala Dinner.

AI-2020 offers a valuable opportunity to keep up to date with developments in AI and to share experiences in the practical issues of developing AI systems.

The proceedings of the AI-20xx conference series are now published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI), a sub-series of the distinguished Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series of conference proceedings.

There will be an optional (free) walking tour of Cambridge, including the celebrated King’s College Chapel, on the second day (additional tours are under consideration).

FAIRS ’20, the fourteenth annual forum for AI research students will immediately precede the AI-2020 conference at Peterhouse College on Monday December 14th, 2020. The aim of FAIRS is to support student members of the AI community providing advice and feedback on their research plans and work. This event is free of charge for research students except for a contribution towards the cost of refreshments and lunch in the College and no conference registration is required.


  • Paper/Poster Submission: Friday 3rd July 2020
    This deadline is considerably later than for previous conferences in this series and will not be extended.
  • Notification of Acceptance: Thursday 3rd September 2020
  • Camera Ready Paper: Thursday 17th September 2020


Contributions presenting original work in AI are invited for both the technical and the application stream. Contributions may be submitted either as full papers of up to fourteen A4 pages for oral presentation or as short papers of up to six A4 pages for poster presentation.

Technical Stream

Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): knowledge engineering; semantic web; constraint satisfaction; intelligent agents; machine learning; model based reasoning; verification and validation of AI systems; natural language understanding; speech-enabled systems; case based reasoning; neural networks; genetic algorithms; data mining and knowledge discovery in databases; knowledge representation, inference and reasoning; robotics and pervasive computing; qualitative and temporal reasoning; knowledge management; AI languages and environments; robotics and pervasive computing.

Application Stream

Case studies are welcomed describing the application of AI to real-world problems. Papers in recent years have covered all application domains, including commerce, manufacturing and government, and every major AI technique. In addition to case studies and specific applications of AI, we would welcome papers that discuss issues such as managing the transfer from research to production of AI-based products. Papers are selected to highlight critical areas of success (and failure) and to present the benefits and lessons of value to other developers. Submitted papers should make these points clear.

Short Papers for Poster Presentation

Short papers are intended for the presentation of work which meets the high standards of the conference, but which is more topical and preliminary than the work presented in full papers. They provide an excellent forum for disseminating new developments and latest work in progress, especially suited to PhD students. Work submitted in the form of full-length papers that fall short of the standard for oral presentation will automatically be considered as candidates for reworking as short papers for poster presentation.

Submission of Papers

Final versions of accepted papers must be prepared in either Microsoft Word or Latex together with a copy in PDF format. Initial versions of papers should be submitted in PDF format only and uploaded to the conference website by the deadline given above. Instructions for authors and templates for both Word and Latex are given at

In order for an accepted paper to be published at least one author must register for the conference and undertake to attend and present the paper in person. Presenting authors will be asked to register for the conference at the discounted speakers’ rate when they return the final camera-ready versions of their papers.

Tutorials & workshops

The Conference Committee invites proposals for tutorials and workshops to be presented on the first day of the conference. These should be directed in the first instance to the Tutorial/Workshop Organiser.


There are cash prizes for the best paper and best student paper submitted in each stream, chosen by the relevant program committee, and also a prize for the best short paper, awarded on the basis of delegate voting.

All further information including details of the conference committee, program committees, paper format and uploading instructions is given on the conference website.



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