SGAICO Newsletter #3 (March 2019)


Dear Members and Friends of SGAICO,

Welcome to our third newsletter in 2019, for which we take the chance to forward you some information hopefully interesting for you and give you some updates about SGAICO.

AI research matters
For those of you interested in participating in AI research the upcoming Call of  CHIST-ERA will focus on  Explainable Machine Learning-based Artificial Intelligence, which has the potential to become a particular hot-topic for AI in Switzerland. The call will be published in October this year. Before you can already start set-up your consortia. A chance to do so is is the CHIST-ERA Conference 2019 (Tallin, June 11-13). You can find more information about the event here.

AI research matters (part II)  Call for Nominations: EurAI Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award 2018
SGAICO is member of EuRAI, and therefore we are supporting nominations from Switzerland. 
Nominations are invited for the 2018  Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award sponsored by EurAI, the European Association of Artificial Intelligence. 
Please take a moment to nominate your students, or to recommend to your colleagues to nominate their students.
This Award includes a certificate signed by the EurAI President and 1500 Euros (which includes the travel grant for the Award ceremony). 
Nominations are due by May 13, 2019 by submitting a single PDF file as described below listing both the NOMINATED candidate and the NOMINATOR as the AUTHORS through EasyChair:


Eligible doctoral dissertations are those defended after December 1, 2017 in the general area of Artificial Intelligence. The dissertation must have been 
defended at a European university and the author must be a personal member of a EurAI member society. In case a thesis is nominated for another 
national or international award before or during its review for the EurAI dissertation award, the author is requested to inform the EurAI dissertation award committee about this fact.

To be considered, a dissertation must be nominated by the thesis supervisor, who must submit the following items as a SINGLE PDF file in the order:
– Nomination cover-page that includes: the name, affiliation, and contact details of the nominator; the date of the defense of the dissertation; 
and the names of the jury/examiners involved in its defense;
– nomination letters, either digitally signed or scanned original, from two referees supporting the submission and stating their assessment of why the thesis should win the award.
– if the thesis was not written in English the nomination must include an English paper describing the core ideas of the thesis that has been submitted for publication in an international journal or a prestigious conference.
– the full nominated dissertation.

The selection will be based on the originality, impact, and written quality of the work. Work that has been submitted to and/or accepted at workshops, conferences, 
or journals will be considered more favourably. Work that is primarily attributed to the student’s own initiative will also be considered more favourably. Finally, the quality of the written document will be considered.

Please address any queries to Michela Milano –
The outcome will be announced by the mid-June.
The Award will be presented during IJCAI2019.

SGAICO matters
If you visit our SGAICO website ( you might have seen already some small changes. We are actually preparing some more changes and updates for you. 
Probably the first item we would like to update (content-wise and also from its presentation) is the overview about AI/CO education in Switzerland. If you are aware of courses programs we should add to our liste, please do not hesitate to contact us. Just drop us an e-mail.

Upcoming Events
If you are interested your AI-related event is mentioned in our event list, please contact us via

June 11 – 13: CHIST-ERA Conference 2019
Having a focus on explainable AI this years call is of particular interest, you might want to have a look. 

June 14: SDS|2019, 6th Swiss Conference on Data Science
– like in the past year SGAICO will be a community sponsor, and we hope to meet you in Bern. Deadline for submissions has been extended until the 15.02., so take your chance.

June 18/19: SwissText 2019
– organized by SGAICO member Marc Cielibak


With Best Regards
Your SGAICO interim coordinator

René Schumann