University of Pittsburgh

Author Mentoring Program

The International Association of Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL) will offer a mentoring program for papers being submitted to its biennial ICAIL conference, the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law.  The program is intended primarily for junior authors who have not previously published an Artificial Intelligence and Law paper at a conference or in a journal. If you would like help with your submission, you may ask for a mentor ― a person who will help you with your submission to the IAAIL audience through one-on-one advising, usually via e-mail. A mentor can also familiarize you with the standards and deadlines of ICAIL submissions. Mentors are volunteers familiar with successful submissions. To request a mentor, please send email to Jack Conrad at Jack.G.Conrad@ThomsonReuters.com by the Mentoring Program Request Deadline.  Please include:

  • Your name and the names of your co-authors;
  • The name of your school (or department) and institution;
  • A plain-text description of your work (a title and abstract is a minimum requirement);
  • Any specific questions or areas in which you would like help;
  • But don't include your draft paper.

Reasonable expectations for a mentor include the following. A mentor may be able to advise you about the most appropriate forum for your work, suggest improvements to your submission, suggest how to deal with language problems, or refer you to relevant research of which you might not have been aware. Typically, a mentor might spend 3-7 hours on a submission. We carefully match mentors to mentees, and wish to support you in developing your work into a high-quality submission with a good chance of being accepted and published.

Note the following:

  • People requesting mentoring must have a complete draft ready for the mentor to review by the Mentoring Program Paper Deadline;
  • If there is an experienced AI & Law-related researcher in your department, it is expected that you would approach her/him first;
  • No notification of mentor/mentee assignments will be made until after the Mentoring Program Paper Deadline;
  • Reviewers will not be informed of whether a paper has been mentored.  That is, the fact that a paper was mentored is not considered during the paper selection process.

Important Dates 

  • Mentoring Program Request Deadline
    November 8, 2010; send notice to Jack.G.Conrad@ThomsonReuters.com
  • Mentoring Program Paper Deadline
    November 15, 2010 send draft to the same address

Mentoring Program Organizers

  • Jack G. Conrad—Thomson Reuters Research & Development, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA   
  • Burkhard Schafer—Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK   
  • John Zeleznikow—Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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