What we've done

The lack of diversity and scarcity of data regarding Artificial intelligence and its impact in developing countries, especially in Africa has been receiving attention in recent years. The International Workshop on Social Impact of AI for Africa (SIAIA-22) is a half-day event at AAAI-22 to provide an avenue for participants to engage in discussions regarding the social impact of AI in Africa. The event will bring together researchers, students, educators, and individuals or organizations working to advance AI in Africa. The participants will discuss efforts that have been made in research and development, education, or activities in AI for empowering communities and creating awareness about the future of Africa in the AI revolution. The workshop will engage participants in groundbreaking conversation and create new insights and directions that will provide guidance for future AI events for Africa.

Call for Papers/Presentations

Researchers, investigators, students, educators, and individuals or organizations working to advance AI in Africa are invited to submit their abstracts, white or full papers to SIAIA-22 in any of the following topics or related activities:

  • AI curriculum in African institutions

  • AI tools for empowering African communities

  • Strategies for organizing AI workshops and conferences (technical /educational) in Africa

  • AI training events in African communities

  • AI jobs in Africa, including managing startups and recruitment

  • AI, machine learning and data science or other related activities for Africa

  • AI activities for kids and teenagers in Africa

  • AI for minorities and vulnerable groups in Africa

  • Bridging the gender divide in AI in Africa

  • Applications of AI, including healthcare, education, finance, transportation, and agriculture, governance, in Africa

Original contributions for this workshop will be included in CEUR (http://ceur-ws.org/), an open-access workshop proceedings volume that is indexed by Scopus and DBLP.

Submission Guidelines

There are two submission options:

  • Abstract or white paper (1-2 pages)

  • Full paper (4-6 pages)

All paper submissions must use AAAI author kit: https://www.aaai.org/Publications/Templates/AuthorKit22.zip

Papers can be submitted here: https://forms.gle/aoynTAE8W5oycFwQA

Key Dates

Papers submission deadline: January 31, 2022 December 19, 2021

Notification of selected papers: February 7, 2022 December 28, 2021

Final paper (camera-ready) deadline: February 18, 2022

All deadlines are midnight anywhere on earth.

Registration and Participation

SIAIA-22 will be a virtual conference. We welcome anyone who is interested in attending this workshop to register for the AAAI-22 conference. More information on AAAI-22 is available at https://aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI-22/registration/.

Contact Us

For any questions or inquiries: folajimiy@wit.edu, ergezerm@wit.edu, othmans1@wit.edu