ECAI 2020 - Mentoring and Communication for Starting AI Researchers (MC4SR)

Starting AI Researchers are invited to apply for participating in any of the activities to be carried out under the MC4SR multidisciplinary program, to be held at the 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2020), Santiago de Compostela, Spain, August 29- September 2, 2020.

It is worth noting that we consider Starting Researchers are those who have not been awarded a doctoral degree but also researchers with not more than three years of experience after getting their PhD. 

The MC4ESR program comprises the following main events:

1) 9th Starting Artificial Intelligence Researchers Symposium (STAIRS)

The 9th European Starting AI Researchers’ Symposium (STAIRS) is an international meeting intended to support Starting Researchers (those that have not been awarded a doctoral degree but also researchers with not more than three years of experience after getting their PhD). STAIRS is collocated with the ECAI2020 tutorials and workshops and has an independent program committee. In this edition, it will include two invited talks, as well as oral and poster sessions. 

It includes two main slots (afternoon of August 29 and morning of August 30) which comprise both invited talks and oral presentations of accepted papers. STAIRS participants are encouraged to attend the Doctoral Consortium (DC) and provide DC participants with their feedback and mentoring advice. Moreover, they are encouraged to take part in the Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) competition.

The Call for Papers is available here.

2) Doctoral Consortium (DC)

The DC provides an opportunity for Starting Researchers to discuss their research interests and career objectives with established researchers in AI, to do networking with other participants, and to receive mentoring about career planning and career options.

Further information is available here.

3) Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) Competition

The 3MT Competition is made up of two independent tracks:

  • Research2Society: Participants present the key points of their PhD thesis in 3 min, with a language style not only oriented to specialists in their respective topics, but also for non-specialized attendants.
  • Research2Market: in addition to presenting the thesis, participants must present how the results of his/her PhD could be taken to the market (the whole presentation must take 3 min). Models of social transfer, not necessarily market-oriented, will also be considered. Evaluation will be carried out by a jury which is made up of senior researchers coming out of ECAI sponsors.

Both Research2Society and Research2Market Competitions in ECAI2020 follow the rules of the original 3MT competitions started by the “University of Queensland.”

Further information is available here.

4) Lunch with an EurAI Fellow

Following a well-established ECAI’s tradition, registered Starting Researchers will meet EurAI fellows during lunch times on Monday 31 and Wednesday 2.

5) Job Fair

ECAI2020 will be holding a Job Fair, an informal event in a “meet-and-greet” atmosphere for Starting Researchers and professionals who are looking for jobs or internships. The event starts with a very brief introduction (not more than 1 min) from one representative from each organization followed by time where attendees will be able mingle and meet them for interviewing.

Companies, research organizations or universities willing to offer jobs or internships in the job fair, should contact the Conference Sponsorship Chair (Prof. Senén Barro,