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Show us your AI – AAAI Video Competition

April 27, 2014

Update The submission deadline has been extended to May 4. Submit your AI and robotics videos for a chance to be featured on Robohub and win a Shakey Award at the AAAI Video Competition.

More than five years ago, as a PhD student in robotics, I had the opportunity to participate in the AAAI Artificial Intelligence Video Competition. This year, I’ll be co-chairing the competition with Mauro Birattari, a past winner and seasoned organizer of the competition. We’re hoping you’ll show us your AI and perhaps go home with a Shakey award – the Oscar trophy of AI.

The rules are simple: Compose a short video about an exciting AI project, and narrate it so that it is accessible to a broad online audience. We strongly encourage student participation.

For inspiration, here is a teaser compiled from many of the winning videos over the past seven years.

The AI Video Competition will be held in conjunction with the AAAI-14 conference in Québec City, Québec, Canada, July 27-31, 2014.

For me, making a video about bio-inspired flying robots was an excellent way to have a general overview of the research done in my PhD lab, improve my communication skills, and reach out to the public. Most importantly, I was able to attend a week-long, world class conference in AI that inspired much of my current work. The only downside was this hilarious picture, which somehow comes out first when you google my name. I promise we’ll take good pictures this year.

Finally, to help spread the word about your AI, we’ll be posting your best videos on youtube, twitter, g+, facebook and this blog. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below, or by email to

Sabine Hauert is lecturer at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and co-founder of Robohub, the Robots Podcast and the Autonomous Robots blog... read more

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