CRA-W/CDC Broadening Participation in AI

at AAAI-14: Twenty-Eighth Conference on Artificial Intelligence
July 27-31 2014, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

We proudly announce the CRA-W/CDC Broadening Participation in AI program to be held in conjunction with AAAI-14.
The main goal of this program is to increase participation of women and members of other underrepresented groups in Artificial Intelligence by providing community building and networking sessions as well as career mentoring advice. Participants will have ample opportunities to interact with established researchers, to network with other participants, and to receive mentoring about career planning and career options.

The program will include a series of planned sessions scheduled over the entire conference:

  1. Afternoon session on Monday July 28 before the start of the main conference.
    When: from 2:00pm to 5:30pm
    Where: in room 204A on the Second Level of the Convention Centre
  2. Women lunch on Tuesday July 29
    When: from 11:50am to 1:00pm
    Where: in room 206A/B on the Second Level of the Convention Centre
    What: informal discussion at each table with other women attending the conference (this is also for men from underrepresented groups). To start the conversation we set up a google doc where you can add your questions and share your answers/advice at
    There is a charge of $5.00 for the lunch, which does not cover the cost of the lunch, but is to minimize the number of no shows. You can claim the $5.00 on your expenses.
  3. Breakfast on Thursday July 31
    When: from 7:15am to 8:30am
    Where: in room 205A on the Second Level of the Convention Centre

Travel Awards

CRA-W/CDC is providing some funding for travel awards.

Eligibility: travel funding is available for students who are US citizens or permanent residents. Students who are funded will have to attend the conference, the doctoral mentoring consortium, and the three working/meal sessions listed above.

Selection Criteria: Priority will be given to women, other members of underrepresented groups (Hispanics, African American, and Native American), and students who do not have access to mentoring networks at their home institutions.

Funding: awards will provide $1,000-$1,500 for conference registration, travel and lodging expenses. The awards will be given in form of reimbursement after the conference.

Expected number of awards: 12-15.

Application for attendance and travel awards

An application is required to attend the program and to be considered for a travel award. We expect most of the students accepted will be graduate students, but undergraduates can also apply.

A form will be emailed to your research advisor asking them to provide some supplementary information about you. The form will contain multiple-choice questions about your current student status, and why your advisor would like you to participate.

Application deadline: CLOSED


Professor Maria Gini
Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota
4-192 Keller Hall, 200 Union St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Monica Anderson
Department of Computer Science, University of Alabama
Box 870290, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Professor Andrea Danyluk
Department of Computer Science, Williams College
47 Lab Campus Drive, Williamstown, MA 01267

Professor Adele Howe
Department of Computer Science, Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1873

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