Student Poster Session

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The deadline for travel funding has now passed. However, we still have spots available for unfunded poster submissions (see submission instructions below).

The Student Poster Session on 21 February provides a venue for students to present their work associated with Ethics in AI. Students receive feedback from the invited speakers and general symposium attendees that come from various backgrounds.

We invite posters in two different categories:

Research Posters: Posters in this category describe completed work, or work in progress with preliminary results. It is great if the work has already been published/presented elsewhere, but that is not necessary.

Proposal Posters: This category is appropriate for students who are interested in working in areas associated with Ethics in AI, have some preliminary ideas, and wish to get feedback on their proposal and broader ideas for their continuing work.

Do not fret too much about the category. It’s okay for a poster to describe little completed work and have lots of proposed ideas. As a rule of thumb, if you have any results, mark it as a Research Poster, otherwise, mark it as a Proposal poster.

Topics of interest for the poster session include (but are not limited to):

  • Dimensions of ethical AI and how they can be evaluated (fairness, explainability, transparency, robustness, privacy, accountability, etc.)
  • Sources of potential ethical issues in AI systems (data, algorithms, etc.)
  • Existing solutions for mitigating problems, and their utility in industrial and governmental settings
  • Gaps in the existing solutions and requirements for new tools
  • Challenges to implementing ethical AI in practice
  • How should AI practitioners determine appropriate trade-offs between system performance and ethical considerations?
  • How can we ensure that ethical values are implemented and monitored?
  • What is the demand and supply for resources relating to ethical AI?
  • Best practises for ethical AI

We encourage work from all areas including computer science (machine learning, natural language processing, etc.), humanities, psychology, ethics, health, and social sciences.


Benefits of participation


All accepted posters will be presented in the poster session of the symposium, giving students an opportunity to interact with and present their work to a large and diverse audience, including top researchers and thinkers in the field.

Submissions (in both categories) are non-archival. There will not be any proceedings. All work may be submitted to any venue in the future.


Author Guidelines


Submit the title and abstract describing your poster to:

with the subject line: Student Poster Submission.

You can submit a pdf of the poster as well, but this is not mandatory. The abstract should not be more than 600 words. State whether this is a Proposal Poster or a Research Poster. Include your name, university and department affiliation, and student status (e.g., undergraduate student, masters student, doctoral student, etc.)


Important Dates


Submission deadline: January 8, 2019

** Note: submissions received after this deadline may still be considered for presentation at the symposium but will not be considered for travel funding. **

Acceptance notification deadline: January 14, 2019

All deadlines are calculated at 11:59 pm (PST/GMT -8 hours)




For accepted posters with student authors attending Canadian universities, we expect to have grants to offset travel and accommodation expenses. About ten such offers will be made when available. Further details will be posted on the symposium website mid January.

Students in the Ottawa region will not be considered for these grants.

Note: the deadline for consideration for travel grants has passed.


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