Doctoral Consortium

Call for Participation

Deadline for Submissions: June 16th, 11:59pm, Pacific/Midway Time Zone (UTC-11)

Extended Deadline for Submissions: June 30th, 11:59pm, Pacific/Midway Time Zone (UTC-11)

AIIDE-17 invites paper submissions from graduate students to the doctoral consortium, especially those in early- to mid-stage of their studies. Submissions should provide an overview of the author’s research to date, as well as outline directions for future research. Submissions will be reviewed for their relevance to AIIDE, technical quality, research promise, and prospective benefits yielded by the student’s participation in the doctoral consortium (both to the student and conference). The doctoral consortium will pair students with senior members of the AIIDE community to provide mentorship and feedback on research and related topics. In addition, participants in the doctoral consortium will have the opportunity to give oral presentations on their work to the broader AIIDE community.

Submissions to the doctoral consortium should consist of a 2-page abstract describing the student’s proposed doctoral research (plus 1 page of references) in PDF format, and they should follow AAAI two-column, camera-ready style (see the AAAI Press Author Kit). Authors should also provide an academic CV, which will be used to assess the candidate’s prior research activity and facilitate matching with a mentor. Submissions (not including CV) will be published as technical reports and they will be archived in the AAAI digital library.

Conference Theme

We especially encourage submissions in relationship to the conference theme, though this is not required. This year, the AIIDE conference will feature a special topic of “Beyond Games.” In addition to general topics of interest in Game AI, we welcome submissions featuring innovative forms of interactive digital entertainment, including but not limited to human-robot interaction, computer music, generative art, AI-based humor, physical computing, procedural animation, and digital improvisation. The special topic will also connect to keynote speakers, panels, paper sessions, and other aspects of the conference program.

Proposed Activities

  • Lunch on the first day of the conference with mentor
  • Short talks that are open to the full conference, with Q&A
  • Special section of poster session for 1-on-1 conversation with attendees

Travel Support

We anticipate having some funds available to support travel scholarships for students in the doctoral consortium, thanks to a generous contribution from AIJ. Travel awards will be granted based on financial need and diversity goals for the cohort. Please email us if you have any concerns regarding your ability to attend the conference.


Gillian Smith (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) -

Anne Sullivan (University of Central Florida) -

Doctoral Consortium Sponsors