Submission Instructions

 

Theme of the Conference: Creating Fertile Soil for Learning Interactions

The Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) 2014 conference is the 12th in an ongoing bi-annual series of top-flight international conferences on the use of advanced computer technologies and interdisciplinary research for enabling, supporting or enhancing human learning. A major direction of the series of ITS conferences is using Artificial Intelligence technologies for adapting systems to learners, modeling those learners, and providing the best-suited learning material based upon both the learner and the context. An important emphasis within the ITS community is on supporting interaction with adaptive systems as well as on the social construction of knowledge.

Reflecting the importance of this interactivity, the theme of the ITS 2014 conference is Creating Fertile Soil for Learning Interactions. Much as the volcanic islands of Hawaii have, over time, developed fertile ground that supports iconic biodiversity, the ITS research community is poised to see decades of rich ITS research come together to produce highly interactive systems that support a broad diversity of learner needs. With an emphasis not only on developing technologies to support learning, but on making fundamental discoveries regarding teaching and learning, ITS 2014 will bring together researchers from computer science, learning sciences, cognitive or educational psychology, sociology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and linguistics.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Intelligent tutoring
  • Informal learning environments, learning as a side effect of interactions
  • Collaborative and group learning, communities of practice and social networks
  • Simulation-based learning and serious games
  • Dialogue and discourse during learning interactions
  • Co-adaptation between technologies and human learning
  • Ubiquitous and mobile learning environments
  • Empirical studies of learning with technologies, understanding human learning on the Web
  • Adaptive support for learning, models of learners, diagnosis and feedback
  • Modeling of motivation, metacognition, and affect aspects of learning
  • Recommender systems for learning
  • Virtual pedagogical agents and learning companions
  • Ontological modeling, semantic web technologies and standards for learning
  • Multi-agent and service oriented architectures for learning and tutoring environments
  • Educational exploitation of data mining and machine learning techniques
  • Instructional design principles or design patterns for educational environments
  • Authoring tools and development methodologies for advanced learning technologies
  • Domain-specific learning technologies, e.g. language, mathematics, reading, science, medicine, military, and industry.
  • Non conventional interactions between artificial intelligence and human learning
  • Privacy and security in e-learning environments

 

We invite submissions of

Important Note:

As it was in 2012 and in order to increase high quality papers and independent merit, the evaluation process will be double blind.

Double blind review policy: The papers submitted for review MUST not contain the authors' names, affiliations, or any information that may disclose the authors' identity (this information is to be restored in the camera-ready version upon acceptance).

Please replace author names and affiliations with Xs on submitted papers. In particular, in the version submitted for review please avoid explicit auto-references, such as "in [1] we show" -- consider "in [1] it is shown". I.e., you may cite your own previous works provided that it is not deducible from the text that the cited work belongs to the authors. When citing your previous work, please keep the names with Xs.

Papers not following this policy will be rejected.

1. Submission instructions for Full Papers

Step 1: Download the LNCS template and formatting instructions from the Springer website

Step 2: Prepare and submit your OPTIONAL abstract (Full Papers only)

Step 3: Prepare and submit your paper

2. Submission instructions for the Young Researchers' Track (YRT)

 

3. Submission instructions for Workshops and Tutorials

3.1 Proposal selection process

3.2 Proposal format for Workshops

3.3 Proposal format for Tutorials


Submission instructions for Scientific Papers

Please address all inquiries related to Scientific Paper submissions to: its2014@easychair.org

Note: there will be scientific paper submissions only up to 10 pages; the final presentation format will be determined during the reviewing process.

  • All accepted submissions, including those to be presented as posters, will appear in the electronic proceedings either as a full paper (10 pages), short paper (6 pages), or poster (1 page). 
  • Only submissions in .pdf format will be accepted. All submissions should be in English.

    Please note: the paper submission deadline will not be extended.

    Paper submissions should be 10 pages maximum in Springer LNCS format. They must be submitted through EasyChair on or before January 26, 2014, 11:59pm Hawaii time.

** Even if you did not submit an abstract by December 15, you are warmly welcome to submit your scientific paper by the deadline of January 26.

** The organizers have received requests to extend the conference deadline. Unfortunately the deadline cannot be extended due to a hard deadline by the publisher. All Easychair submissions must be submitted by the original deadline of 11:59pm Hawaii time on January 26. At that time, the system will not permit any new paper submissions. However, authors are permitted to upload revised versions of their papers until 11:59pm Hawaii time on January 28. At that time the submission system will close completely and reviewing will commence. The organizers hope that the 48 hours of additional time to refine existing submissions will be helpful to authors. 

 

Step 1:

Download the LNCS template and formatting instructions from the Springer website

Go to http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0

Download the LNCS template for the word processing software you would like to use. E.g., when using Word 2007, download LNCS-Office2007.zip, when using Word 97-2003, download word.zip, when using LaTex, download lncs.zip, and so forth. Note that most but not all of these download are listed at the top right (notable exception: LNCS-Office2007.zip is listed further down). You may ascertain which file to download for use with your preferred word processor by clicking on the relevant "Proceedings and Other Multiauthor Volumes ..... " link. For Word 2007 this actually gets you to the download link. Unzip the file and study the instructions.

Step 2:

Prepare and submit your optional abstract

Prepare a page with title, author information, abstract, and keywords, following the instructions in the typeinst file that you downloaded. Submit the page you prepared through EasyChair by December 15, 2013, 11:59pm Hawaii time. All submissions must be in .pdf format.

To submit through EasyChair, go to:http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=its2014.

Login using your existing EasyChair account, or create a new account following the instructions on the site. (If you are not logged in as author, you may need to change your role to author. You may do so by selecting the menu item: ITS 2014 > Change Role. Your current role is always shown at the top of the EasyChair screen.)

Once logged in, select New Submission, and select "Scientific Paper Track" Follow the instructions on the submission screen to upload your one-page abstract in Springer LNCS format. Be sure to check the box labeled "Abstract Only," and to fill out the keywords and topics. Please select the topics carefully, as the topics play a key role in the process of assigning reviewers.

Step 3:

Prepare and submit your paper

Papers are 10 pages maximum and must include an abstract. All submissions must be in .pdf format. Please submit your submission through EasyChair by January 26, 2014, 11:59pm Hawaii time.

For Papers: Login as author, and select your paper (by number) at the top of the screen. Click on "Submit a new version" on the right, and follow the instructions on the submission screen. Upload your 10-page document in Springer LNCS format. Paper submissions must include an abstract. You may also update information specified previously. In particular, it is important that the topics you select on the submission screen in EasyChair accurately reflect the paper's content.


Submission instructions for the Young Researchers' Track (YRT)

The Young Researcher’ Track (YRT) at ITS 2014 will provide a forum in which PhD students present and discuss their work during its early stages, meet peers who have related interests, and work with more senior members of the field (mentors). The program is open to all PhD students and invites submissions of papers with advisors or collaborators acknowledged appropriately, as co-authors or otherwise. Students are asked to honor the spirit of the program by submitting only work for which they are primary investigators. Students can submit papers for work reported in a regular paper submitted to ITS 2014, but not for work that has already been published.

We will provide a structured program in which each student is matched with a mentor, who will be encouraged to offer feedback and support to students as they prepare their presentations, during the Young Researcher Track session, and in at least one one-on-one meeting at the conference. The session itself will be scheduled within the main conference program in order to encourage maximal community involvement.

YRT paper submissions should be 3 pages maximum in Springer LNCS format and must include an abstract. For instructions for downloading the Springer LNCS template, see step 1 of the instructions for submitting Full Papers. YRT papers should be submitted through EasyChair on or before January 26, 2014. Only submissions in .pdf format will be accepted. All submissions should be in English. YRT authors are not required to pre-submit a separate abstract, but all YRT submissions should include an abstract. 

To submit through EasyChair, go to: Login using your existing EasyChair account, or create a new account following the instructions on the site. Once logged in, select New Submission, and select "Young Researcher Track (YRT)." Follow the instructions on the submission screen. Please submit your submission through EasyChair by January 26, 2014. 11:59pm, Hawaii time.


Submission instructions for Workshops and Tutorials

Individuals and groups are invited to propose workshops and tutorials. We invite a range of events varying in content, aim and structure. The general goal is to offer participants an opportunity to engage in professional exchange in an interactive and interpersonal setting. Workshops and tutorials are intended to bring together groups of researchers from around the world who have shared interests. They provide a good, extended opportunity for researchers to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere and stimulate the development of ideas and interests, sometimes leading to collaboration, grants and publications. Workshops and tutorials can be on any major and timely topic in Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: tools (e.g., tools for more effective, efficient, and enjoyable ITS interactions; analysis tools for researchers), practices (e.g., teacher best practices; the analysis of student practice), theories (e.g., learning, cognition, teaching, practice) and methods (e.g., research approaches, techniques, methodologies).

We invite both "classical workshops," during which early work is presented in an informal, “mini conference” style, as well as workshops that are highly interactive “working meetings” for a group of people, designed to take advantage of being co-located to work together collaboratively on a theme of shared interest. Tutorials on the other hand should provide an introduction and possibly in-depth treatment of an ITS topic under the guidance of an experienced researcher.

Proposal selection process
  • All proposals must follow the format instructions below.
  • Proposals should be submitted by January 26, 2014, through the ITS EasyChair conference submission system at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=its2014
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent out on February 22, 2014.
  • For accepted workshop and tutorial descriptions, an announcement in a form ready to be posted on the ITS website will be due on February 10, 2014.
  • If workshop organizers want to solicit papers for their workshop, the deadline of submission for workshop papers should be March 20, 2014. Results should be published on April 20, 2014.
  • If workshop / tutorial organizers want to publish proceedings or other material describing their event, for distribution among the participants, the deadline for providing this material is May 5, 2014.
  • Based on the pre-registrations, the workshop and tutorial chairs may identify and cancel undersubscribed workshops and tutorials in advance.
Proposal format for Workshops

Proposals should be submitted in English, in accordance with the process described above. Workshop proposals should be between 2-4 pages, indicating:

  • That it is a Workshop proposal
  • Title of the event
  • Organizers' names and affiliations
  • Preferred length (half day or full day)
  • Theme and goals, indicating why the topic is timely and relevant
  • Intended audience, including the expected number of attendees, and whether you will enforce a maximum or a minimum number of attendees for this event.
  • Evidence of interest of both attendees and of presenters. Examples of such evidence are a list of people who have said they are likely to participate or to send students, or attendance figures from a similar prior workshop. We understand that it can be difficult to obtain that kind of for a first workshop in an area. The goal is to convince us that there is interest and that the workshop will draw a sufficient number of participants.
  • Brief description of format and activities
  • Participation requirements (e.g., prerequisites such as submission of a position paper, expected behavior during event, or a commitment to contribute to a joint publication after the event)
  • Relevant experience of the organizers with respect to the topic of the workshop
  • A/V facilities and other equipment needed
  • For workshops that will solicit papers, a preliminary program committee should be included
Proposal format for Tutorials

Proposals should be submitted in English, in accordance with the process described above. Tutorial proposals should not exceed 3 pages, indicating:

  • That it is a Tutorial proposal
  • Title of the event
  • Organizers' names and affiliations
  • Preferred length (half day or full day)
  • Theme and goals, indicating why the topic is timely and relevant
  • Description of content to be covered. The content should be appropriate and at the right level for ITS. attendees.
  • Intended audience, including information about how many attendees are reasonable for this event (is there a maximum or a minimum number of attendees for this event?)
  • What is the expected background of the attendees? Do they need particular background knowledge or software?
  • Evidence of interest, such as a list of people who have said they are likely to participate or to send students
  • Description of format and activities planned. Tutorials do not have to be 100% lecture; activities where attendees can apply what they learned is very helpful.
  • Expected outcomes. What will attendees learn? Please describe outcomes in terms of expected knowledge and/or skills acquired.
  • Relevant experience of the organizers, both at presenting, and as experts in the subject matter. In addition to past papers written and tutorials run, classes you have taught in the area are very germane here.
  • A/V facilities and other equipment needed

Submission instructions for Posters

Posters provide an interactive forum for authors to present research prototypes and work in progress to conference participants. Submissions should be in the form of a 2-page extended abstract describing the poster. The posters themselves will not be submitted with the abstracts - instead they should be brought to the conference by the author. Authors of accepted poster abstracts are responsible for preparing a poster to display/demonstrate on site at the conference. Posters focus on visual presentation and discussion between the author and attendees around the poster.

Poster Design

We recommend A0 size (or smaller), and portrait orientation. A0 is approximately 84cm x 119cm, or 33" x 47".

There is no template for the posters. You are free to choose whatever layout you wish.

The poster should support the oral presentation of the work to conference attendees.

Poster content should be visually appealing. The headlines should be readable from a distance and should help attendees to get an at-a-glance overview. The fonts should be large enough to read from a distance. Ensure your poster makes sense from a distance - please don't fill it with small text, and don't simply scale up your poster abstract to fill an A0 page. Consider using a QR code to link to further information.

Authors should use the poster board that is labeled with their poster number.