IJCAI-21 Demonstrations Track: Call for Demos

The 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) will be held in Montréal, Canada, from August 21st to August 26th, 2021. The technical program committee invites the submission of demos.

The primary goals of the Demonstrations Track are: first, to provide a platform for exchanging inspiring ideas between theory and practice; secondly, to showcase the applicability of different AI technologies to real-world problems.

Accepted demo papers will be included in the IJCAI proceedings. In addition, two awards will be given to honor outstanding demonstrations:

  • an Innovation Award for the demonstration with the most original and significant research methodologies.
  • a Societal Impact Award for the demonstration with the highest social impact in a real-world application.


As the premier general conference on AI, IJCAI 2021 welcomes submissions across all areas of AI; the Demonstrations Track of IJCAI 2021 follows this principle, though with an emphasis on the applicability of AI to practice. Thus, the track scope includes (but is not limited to) the following subfields of AI:

  • Computer Vision
  • Constraint Programming
  • Game Playing
  • Heuristic Search
  • Human-Computer Interactive Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Multi-agent Systems
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Recommender Systems
  • Speech Processing
  • Uncertainty in AI

Please note that Robotics is not included, since IJCAI 2021 will also feature a Robot Exhibition and we encourage robotics demonstrations to be submitted there.

We encourage all submissions that describe innovative, high-quality AI research addressing real-world problems. Demos are expected to show the applicability of different AI techniques with a strong emphasis on the issues that have to be addressed to bring these to practice.

In particular, we encourage submitters to the Main Track of IJCAI 2021 to showcase their systems in the Demonstrations Track. Doing so requires submitting your work twice (see Submission Details and Review Process). Note, however, that the main track and the demonstration track are run separately and no explicit coordination is offered, which suggests that while one submission might be accepted in one track, it might be rejected (or not) in the other.

Industrial researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit their works to the Demonstrations track.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: 19 March, 2021 (11:59pm UTC-12)
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 7, 2021 (11:59pm UTC-12)
  • Camera-ready copy due: May 14, 2021 (11:59pm UTC-12)

Modes of demo presentation

The demos at IJCAI 2021 will be held online. There will be a single mode of presentation, where Demo submitters have 10 minutes to present their demos in a “frontal” slide / video presentation

Submission Details and Review Process

Formatting Guidelines, LaTeX Styles and Word Template: http://www.ijcai.org/authors_kit

Submission site: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/IJCAI21Demos (Note that CMT does not automatically send confirmation email to authors when they submit a paper.) 

The submitted document must be a single PDF in which the authors describe the system to be demonstrated. The paper should describe the application domain, the problem scenario, the technology used, the AI techniques involved, the original contribution and innovations of the system, live and interactive aspects, etc. Clearly indicate links to any supplementary materials. Papers must be prepared in PDF format using the IJCAI style. Submissions are NOT anonymous. The page limit is 4 pages in total: 3 pages for the main text (including all figures but excluding references), and one additional page for references. Over-length papers will be rejected without review. 

In addition, a URL linking to a demonstration video no more than 10 minutes in length has to be provided. This demo video may be a mixture of demo and a voice-over (Powerpoint, pdf slides, …) and screencast presentation showing and explaining what happens. Other formats are also possible if they can more clearly illustrate the demo. The essential objective of the demo talk is to give a precise idea of what the demo will look like.

Submitted papers must be formatted according to the IJCAI guidelines and submitted electronically through the submission link mentioned above. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work (subject to possible COVID-19 considerations as determined by the IJCAI2021 organisation). Authors will be required to agree to this requirement at the time of submission. Submissions that do not meet the length or formatting requirements will not be considered for review (see Submission Details). No email or fax submissions will be accepted. Notification of receipt of an electronically submitted paper will be emailed to the designated contact author soon after receipt. If there are problems with the electronic submission, the Demonstrations Track Co-Chairs will contact the designated author by email.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by program committee members. Selection criteria include originality, innovation, applicability and potential benefits of the resulting system. Note that there will be no rebuttal phase.


When submitting their paper, authors will be required to choose content area keywords. General categories should only be used if specific categories do not apply or do not accurately reflect the main contributions. The full list of keywords will be available on the submission site.

Confidentiality Policy

All submissions will be treated in strict confidence until the publication date.

Conflict of Interest Policy

All people involved in the IJCAI-21 review process adhere to the IJCAI conflict of interest policy. Details can be found at http://ijcai.org/.


Please, send all enquiries about the Demonstrations Track to the IJCAI 2021 Demonstrations Track Co-Chairs – Pınar Yolum, Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands and Maria Keet, University of Cape Town, South Africa – via email: demos@ijcai-21.org