At AISafety, we believe that to deliver a truly memorable event, we need a highly interactive format with more much-needed debate to keep people engaged and energized throughout the workshop.
The first-day workshop sessions (July 11 or 12, 2020) are structured into short paper presentations (10 minutes each) and a common panel slot to discuss both individual paper contributions and shared topic issues. Selected invited talks are also part of the first-day workshop. Poster presentations (2 minutes each) are scheduled just before the coffee breaks.
The second-day workshop / AI Safety Landscape sessions (July 12 or 13, 2020) are organized into by-invitation talks and panels with structured discussions. The by-invitation talks (15-20 minutes each) focus on diverse topics contributing to understand the AI Safety Landscape scientific and technical challenges, industrial and academic opportunities, as well as gaps and pitfalls.
Three specific roles are part of this format: session chairs, presenters and session discussants.
Session Chairs introduce sessions and participants. The Chair moderates session and plenary discussions, takes care of the time, and gives the word to speakers in the audience during discussions.
Presenters give a talk and then participate in the debate slot. Paper presenters, in particular, should not worry about the short time for the talk! Please note a workshop talk can, at best, be an advert for the paper, which is the durable record of what was done. In addition, let’s not forget that we are in an inter-disciplinary workshop. Longer, more detailed talks may alienate some of the attendees.
Session Discussants prepare the discussion of individual talks and the plenary debate. The discussant gives a critical review of the session presentations. Session discussants could be typically presenters in other sessions or PC members.