International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (or IJCAI) is a gathering of Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers and practitioners. It is organized by the IJCAI, Inc., and has been held biennially in odd-numbered years since 1969. It is sponsored jointly by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) Organization, and the national AI societie(s) of the host nation(s). IJCAI is a highly selective conference. For instance, only 17% of the papers submitted to the conference were accepted in 2011, and in previous years never more than 26%. This makes it a more selective publication than many AI journals.
Three research awards are given at each IJCAI conference. The Computers & Thought Award is given to a relatively young (less than 35 years) researcher having already made a significant contribution to the field. The Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award is given to someone who has been doing a lot of the grunt work the last years. The IJCAI Award for Research Excellence is given to someone relatively old who had made a significant impact on the field. Previous recipients of the latter award include Alan Bundy, John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, Allen Newell, Ray Reiter, and Judea Pearl. Additionally, IJCAI presents one or more Best Paper Awards  at the conference to recognize the highest quality papers.
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