The Twelfth AAAI Conference on
Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment
October 8-12, 2016
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
May 15, 2016: Workshop proposals
June 2, 2016: Regular Paper & Demonstration Abstract Deadline
June 7, 2016: Regular Paper & Demonstration Submission Deadline
June 13, 2016: Late-Breaking Paper Deadline
June 30, 2016: Accept/Rejection Notification
August 3, 2016, 5pm PST: Camera-ready Version Deadline
Nathan Sturtevant, University of Denver
Brian Magerko, Georgia Tech
AIIDE-16 – the Twelfth Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment – is intended to be the definitive point of interaction between entertainment software developers interested in AI and academic AI researchers. AIIDE-16 will include invited speakers, paper presentations, demonstrations, and a doctoral consortium. While AIIDE often focuses on commercial computer and video games, we invite researchers and developers to share their insights and cutting-edge results on topics at the intersection of all forms of entertainment and artificial intelligence, including entertainment robotics, AI-based art and literature, generative music, and beyond. AIIDE-16 is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
Because AIIDE-16 crosses disciplinary boundaries, submissions will be evaluated based on their accessibility to both commercial game developers and researchers in addition to their technical merit.
Research track papers describe AI research results that make advances towards solving known entertainment AI problems, enable a new form of interactive digital entertainment, or use AI to improve the game design and development process. The novel technique should be validated in a (game / robot / generative algorithm / etc.) prototype or test-bed, but need not be tested in a commercial environment. Research track papers are evaluated by the highest standards of academic rigor. Accepted papers will either be presented as a short lecture or a poster. Authors should submit a paper of no more than 7 pages in the AAAI format for double blind review (i.e., authors names and affiliations are omitted). The final page (page 7) must contain only references, and no other text whatsoever. All papers, whether poster or oral, will be allocated 7 pages in the proceedings. Late breaking papers will be reviewed and published (if selected) as papers submitted during the regular deadline; however, there will be no author rebuttal process for late breaking papers.
AIIDE also solicits submissions from professional game developers, roboticists, and artists on the use of artificial intelligence in games, art, and other cultural artifacts. While these practitioners are also invited to submit to the research track, we recognize that many will have neither the time nor the inclination to prepare full-length papers for archival academic publication. These authors may instead submit a 500 word extended abstract to the practitioner track. Practitioner track papers need not describe new technology, but must describe new ideas relevant to the AIIDE audience and must be based on experience creating deployed cultural artifacts. These papers are exempt from the formatting and blind reviewing requirements for the research track. Results from academic projects are more appropriate for the research track or demonstration tracks, rather than the practitioner track.
As many aspects of AI and interactive digital entertainment are fundamentally interactive, two tracks are offered to allow the demonstration of such systems.
We invite researchers and practitioners to share insights and cutting-edge results from a wide range of topics and encourage the demonstration of (a) research systems in the context of existing commercial entertainment media, (b) contributions demonstrating the adoption and/or extension of AI research results in published entertainment media, (c) completely new forms of interactive digital entertainment made possible by AI research, and (d) other relevant work. An electronic submission of a 2-page abstract (plus 1 references only page) and demonstration materials is required. Demonstration abstract review is not blind. Submissions should contain a link to the demonstration materials, which can take the form of a recorded demonstration session, an executable version of the demonstration with written instructions, or a detailed description of the demonstration heavily illustrated with screenshots. The abstract will be published in the AIIDE proceedings, but all demonstrations must be conducted live at AIIDE-16. Submissions will be judged on technical merit, accessibility to developers and researchers, originality, presentation, and significance. There are many AI systems which can be demoed (e.g. an editor, the result of a new pathfinding system, etc), but are not playable experiences themselves. Complete games or other playable experiences are best suited for the playable experience track.
Playable Experience Track
Indie developers, industry developers, and researchers who are developing innovative AI-based games or other interactive media (“playable experiences”) are invited to submit their work to the playable experiences track. We welcome playable experiences that involve some articulable innovation in the use of AI that directly affects the user's experience. This includes novel game designs that leverage existing AI techniques, as well as innovations in the techniques themselves that lead to new kinds of playable experiences. Playable experience submissions should be sufficiently complete and polished enough for naïve users to play them. Authors should submit a 500 word extended abstract describing the impetus behind the playable experience, how AI has motivated its design (or vice versa), and what they see as its primary innovation(s). The abstract should include a publicly accessible link to a web-based, mobile, or downloadable player experience, and instructions for how to play it; this link must remain live at least through the end of the conference. Playable experience review is not blind. The abstract will be published in the conference proceedings, and the authors will have the opportunity to show their playable experience during the evening poster/demo session of the AIIDE-16 conference.
Following is a non-exhaustive list of topics that fall in the scope of AIIDE:
Author Registration: Authors must register at the AIIDE-16 paper submission site before they submit their papers. The submission site will assign a password to be used for abstract and paper submission. Authors are encouraged to register as soon as possible, and well in advance of the submission deadline. Abstracts and papers must be submitted through the AIIDE-16 paper submission site; we cannot accept submissions by e-mail or fax.
All papers and abstracts must be registered by May 27, 2016 and submitted by May 31, 2016. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. At least one author must register for the conference by the deadline for camera-ready copy submission. As AIIDE is an academic conference, all attendees including presenters pay a registration fee. AIIDE-16 will not accept any paper that is under review for or has already been published or accepted for publication in another journal or conference.
The AIIDE 2016 committee invites proposals for one to two day workshops to be held on October 8-9. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with a selected focus — providing an informal setting for active exchange among researchers, developers, and users on topics of current interest. Members of all segments of the AI in Digital Entertainment community as well as industry researchers are encouraged to submit proposals. The format of workshops will be determined by their organizers. Organizers are highly encouraged to propose alternative formats beyond paper/poster presentations, and should encourage the submission and presentation of position papers that discuss new research ideas. Workshop papers will be published as technical reports and will be archived in the AAAI digital library. Proposals for workshops should be about two (2) to three (3) pages in length.
AIIDE-16 will have exhibit space available. Companies, publishers and other groups are encouraged to consider purchasing either a tabletop display or an exhibit booth. Exhibit space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
Authors should register and upload submissions to:
Nathan Sturtevant (University of Denver)
Brian Magerko (Georgia Tech)
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS CHAIR
Eric Jacopin (ESM Saint-Cyr)
Jichen Zhu (Drexel University)
PLAYABLE EXPERIENCE CO-CHAIRS
Alex Zook (Blizzard)