AAAI 2022 Fall Symposium: The Role of AI in Responding to Climate Challenges

About

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, requiring rapid action across society. As artificial intelligence tools (AI) are rapidly deployed, it is therefore crucial to understand how they will impact climate action. On the one hand, AI can support applications in climate change mitigation (reducing or preventing greenhouse gas emissions), adaptation (preparing for the effects of a changing climate), and climate science. These applications have implications in areas ranging as widely as energy, agriculture, and finance. At the same time, AI is used in many ways that hinder climate action (e.g., by accelerating the use of greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels). In addition, AI technologies have a carbon and energy footprint themselves. This symposium seeks participants from across academia, industry, government, and civil society to explore these intersections of AI with climate change, as well as how each of these sectors can contribute to solutions.

About the AAAI Fall Symposium Series

This symposium is part of the AAAI Fall Symposium Series, which aims to provide a forum to present ongoing work, hold focused discussions, build new communities for emerging disciplines, and build ties between existing disciplines. The Symposium Series is run via the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the premier international scientific society devoted to promoting research in, and the responsible use of, artificial intelligence. Symposia are open to the public; it is not necessary to submit to the symposium in order to attend, though submissions are strongly encouraged.

About the Symposium

COVID Policy

The 2022 Fall Symposium Series will be a primarily in-person event. We take COVID-19 very seriously, and will at minimum strictly adhere to all guidelines provided by AAAI. More detailed updates will be posted here and on the AAAI fall symposium website as they become available.

Call for Submissions

We invite submissions of position, review, and research papers in two formats: short papers (2-4 pages) and full papers (6-8 pages). Submissions are due on Jul 29 by 23:59 AOE (Anywhere on Earth).

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

All submissions must make clear their connection to these topics and/or the broader theme of the workshop. Extended versions of articles in submission at other venues are acceptable as long as they do not violate the dual-submission policy of the other venue.

All submissions must be made through the EasyChair submission website (select “The Role of AI in Responding to Climate Challenges” track), and should be formatted according to the AAAI style template. All submissions will undergo single-blind peer review (that is, submissions should not be anonymized). Authors will have the option to publish their work in an open access proceedings site.

Please also see the FAQ, and contact climatechange.aaaifss2022@gmail.com with questions.

Submission Types

We invite submissions of position, review, and research papers (more details below).

We invite both short papers (2-4 pages) and full papers (6-8 pages). All figures, tables, and graphics must be contained within these page limits; however, references may extend onto additional pages. Supplementary appendices are allowed but will be read at the discretion of the reviewers.

Research Papers

Work that is in progress, published, and/or deployed.

Research Papers should describe projects relevant to the intersection of climate change and AI. These may include (but are not limited to) academic research; deployed results from startups, industry, public institutions, etc.; and climate-relevant datasets. In addition to describing the projects themselves, Research Papers should also include discussion of lessons learned, best practices, and areas whether further research and innovation is required.

Submissions applying AI to address a climate-relevant problem should provide experimental or theoretical validation of the method presented, as well as specifying what gap the method fills. Authors should clearly illustrate a pathway to climate impact, i.e., identify the way in which this work fits into broader efforts to address climate change. Algorithms need not be novel from an AI perspective, but should be applied in a climate-relevant setting. Details of methodology need not be revealed if they are proprietary, though transparency is highly encouraged.

Submissions presenting novel climate-relevant datasets are welcomed. Datasets should be designed to permit AI and machine learning research (e.g., formatted with clear benchmarks for evaluation). In this case, baseline experimental results on the dataset are preferred, but not required.

Review Papers

Overviews of relevant topics or fields.

Review Papers should provide overviews of topics or fields at the intersection of climate change and AI (e.g., pertaining to the topics listed in the call for submissions).

Submissions of this form should synthesize existing literature, and additionally provide insights on gaps, salient considerations, and future directions to be considered by symposium attendees and the broader community.

Position Papers

Opinions or critiques on relevant topics or directions.

Position Papers should provide opinions or critiques on topics or directions at the intersection of climate change and AI (e.g., pertaining to the topics listed in the call for submissions).

Submissions of this form should present important frameworks or considerations for work at the intersection of climate change and AI, and should be well-grounded in existing literature and/or practice.

Schedule

The symposium will include keynote talks, panels, presentations of contributed work, poster sessions, and discussion sessions. More detailed information about the schedule will be posted closer to the symposium date.

Organizers

Feras A. Batarseh (Virginia Tech)
Priya L. Donti (Carnegie Mellon) - Co-Chair
Ján Drgoňa (PNNL)
Kristen Fletcher (Naval Postgraduate School)
Pierre-Adrien Hanania (Capgemini)
Melissa Hatton (Capgemini Government Solutions) - Co-Chair
Srinivasan Keshav (University of Cambridge)
Bran Knowles (Lancaster University)
Raphaela Kotsch (University of Zurich)
Sean McGinnis (Virginia Tech)
Peetak Mitra (PARC)
Alex Philp (Mitre)
Jim Spohrer (ISSIP)
Frank Stein (Virginia Tech) - Co-Chair
Meghna Tare (UT Arlington)
Svitlana Volkov (PNNL)
Gege Wen (Stanford)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m not an AI researcher or practitioner. Can I still submit?
A: Yes, absolutely! We welcome submissions from a diverse set of stakeholders.

Q: What if my submission is accepted but I can’t attend the symposium in person?
A: A co-author or colleague can present for you, or you may be able to present via Zoom if that is supported this year (TBD).

Q: Do I need to use the AAAI style files for my submission?
A: Yes, they are required.

Q: It’s hard for me to fit my submission within the page limits. What should I do?
A: Feel free to include appendices with additional material (these should be part of the same file as the main submission). Do not, however, put essential material in an appendix, as it will be read at the discretion of the reviewers.

Q: Can I send submissions directly by email?
A: No, please use the EasyChair website to make submissions, and select the track on “The Role of AI in Responding to Climate Challenges” when creating your submission. If you are having trouble with the EasyChair website, please contact: climatechange.aaaifss2022@gmail.com.

Q: Can I submit previously published work to this symposium?
A: Yes, though under limited circumstances. In particular, extended versions of articles in submission at other venues are acceptable as long as they do not violate the dual-submission policy of the other venue. Please contact climatechange.aaaifss2022@gmail.com with any questions.

Q: Can I submit work to this symposium if I am also submitting to another 2022 AAAI Fall Symposium session?
A: Yes. We cannot, however, guarantee that your assigned presentation time will not conflict with the other symposium.

Q: I am interested in the topics of the symposium, but I cannot attend in person. Can I still participate?
A: Absolutely. We will endeavor to provide options for remote participation (details TBD). In addition, publicly-available materials will be posted on this website after the symposium.

Q: What is the COVID policy of the event?
A: We take COVID-19 very seriously, and will at minimum strictly adhere to all guidelines provided by AAAI. More detailed updates will be posted here and on the AAAI fall symposium website as they become available.

Q: How can I keep up to date on these issues?
A: We encourage you to sign up for the Climate Change AI newsletter to receive information about opportunities and events at the intersection of climate change and AI.