Nominations open for ACM SIGAI Excellence in Artificial Intelligence award

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Nominations are now being accepted for the ACM SIGAI Excellence in Artificial Intelligence award. ACM SIGAI is the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence, an interdisciplinary group of academic and industrial researchers, practitioners, developers, end users, and students who work together to support the growth and application of AI principles and techniques throughout computing.

The Excellence in Artificial Intelligence award and $5,000 cash prize is presented annually to any individual or team, worldwide, who has created AI applications in recent years in ways that demonstrate the power of AI techniques via a combination of the following features: novelty of application area, novelty and technical excellence of the approach, importance of AI techniques for the approach, and actual and predicted societal impact of the application.

The award focuses on innovators of fielded AI applications, honoring those who are playing key roles in AI commercialization.

Nomination submitted must include three endorsements. The nomination must identify the individual or team members, describe their fielded AI system, and explain how it addresses the award criteria. The nomination must be written by a member of SIGAI and two of the endorsements must be from ACM or ACM SIGAI members. Anyone can join ACM SIGAI at any time, even if they are not an ACM member.

The award committee will consider applications that are open source or proprietary and that may, or may not, involve hardware.

Nominations are due by March 1, 2019 and the award announcement will be on April 25, 2019. The award plaque and cash prize will be presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Macao in August.

In January the ACM hosted a conference on fairness, accountability and transparency in algorithmic systems. ACM hosts more than 170 events, including 16 multi-day conferences, throughout the year.

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