2022 IJCAI-JAIR Prize Awarded

We congratulate Nan Ye, Adhiraj Somani, David Hsu and Wee Sun Lee who have been awarded the 2022 IJCAI-JAIR best paper prize for their article "DESPOT: Online POMDP Planning with Regularization”, which appeared in JAIR Volume 58 (2017).

As noted in the award citation, this paper presents the state-of-the-art results in online POMDP planning. It offers both theoretical proofs and empirical evaluations to justify the claims presented by the authors. Online POMDP solving is one of the more popular problems recently, and DESPOT is considered as one of the top choices in this direction. Since its publication, the paper has been employed for solving problems in applications including human-robot collaboration tasks and autonomous driving, as well as in fundamental research in hybrid POMDPs.

The IJCAI-JAIR Best Paper Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for a single publication in the field of AI. It has been awarded annually since 2003 to an outstanding paper published in JAIR in the last 5 calendar years, selected based on the significance of the work and the quality of the presentation.

This year’s selection committee consisted of Sriraam Natarajan (UT Dallas, US; chair), Edith Elkind (University of Oxford, UK), Kristian Kersting (TU Darmstadt, DE), Mykel Kochenderfer (Stanford University, US), Zico Kolter (CMU & Bosch, US), and Josef Urban (Czech Technical University, CZ).

JAIR Now Available in ACM Library

JAIR and ACM are very pleased to announce that JAIR articles are now being hosted by the ACM Digital Library, in addition to the JAIR.org website. While the journal will continue to be managed and published as an independent, open access journal, this partnership will provide greater visibility for JAIR articles and their authors.

JAIR Transparent Publishing

When it was launched in 1993, JAIR was one of the very first open access scientific journals. Since then, JAIR has not only emerged as one of the top publication venues in artificial intelligence, but also inspired the creation of other, similarly successful open access journals.

Now, JAIR is taking another major step by launching its transparent publishing initiative. Starting today, JAIR publishes, on a regular basis, detailed metrics on its submission handling process, including empirical likelihoods for all evaluation outcomes and average times for reaching these outcomes. This transparent publishing approach is intended to provide useful information to prospective authors and valuable calibration to the editorial team and to reviewers.

More information about JAIR Transparent Publishing and the latest metrics are found here.

Special Track on Artificial Intelligence and COVID-19

JAIR is now publishing the new special track on Artificial Intelligence and COVID-19 . This special track focuses on solutions that data science and AI provide to address challenges related to the global pandemic, and on relevant deployments and experiences in gearing AI to cope with COVID-19. 

Please Support JAIR 

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And on this topic, we also want to thank David Smith for his financial contributions to the organization, as well as IJCAI, and InferLink Corporation for their ongoing support for JAIR's infrastructure. These gifts make it possible for JAIR to continue operating a freely-available journal.