The University of Southampton

The 2nd Agents, Interaction and Complexity Conference (AICC 2021) will take place in the academic year 2020/2021.

The AICC was established in 2020 as an internal conference organised by and for current research students in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Research Group (AIC, ECS) with the full support and attendance of senior academic staff. The conference itself will be taking place online due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aim of the conference is to allow research students to gain valuable experience through presenting their work to colleagues outside of their immediate research topic, whilst in a low pressure environment. It also provides students with the opportunity to learn about the research of others in the research group, meet other researchers in their area and foster exchanges and initiate collaborative efforts. This has been particularly important during the pandemic and we are happy to have been able to provide this for the students despite the difficult circumstances.

Preparation for the conference runs throughout the academic year in different phases including an initial contribution submission, a peer review phase and then ends with a conference day in the summer. The students contribution to the conference depends on their year of study of the PhD. First year PhD students will submit and present a poster of their research topic. Students who are in their second year or above are to present their research work in a 2-page extended abstract and give a 15 minute presentation on the conference day.

The conference also hosts invited speakers to give key-note talks. This year we are delighted to have Dr Bastian Blankenburg (UTU Technologies) as an external speaker and Dr Enrico H. Gerding as our internal speaker.

We look forward to meeting many of you at the AICC 2021!

Conference Day

Key Dates

Camera-ready deadline: July 26, 2021.

Conference day: July 28, 2021.

The conference day will take place using Microsoft Teams.

Call for Papers

Key Dates

Title submission: April 1, 2021.

Extended abstract/poster submission deadline: April 30, 2021.

Information for Authors

First years are asked to create a single poster following the template below. They should also be prepared to field questions during the poster session.

Formatting guideline:  AICCPosterTemplate

All other students should submit an extended abstract that should be no longer than two pages in total (including references). The extended abstract should follow the template

Formatting guidelines: AICCPaperTemplate

Reviewing will be single-blind. Each submission will be evaluated by 2 other graduate students independent of one another. The review process is intended to offer feedback on the submission, which students may wish to address for their final camera-ready version.

Please note that you will also be expected to give a presentation in support of your extended abstract on the day of the conference. Please use the following as a guide to determine the length of your presentations:

  • Second years: 10 minutes
  • Third/Fourth years: 15 minutes

Please email with a PDF version of your submissions.

Review Process

Key Dates

Paper assignment: June 17, 2021.

Reviews submission: July 2, 2021.

Information for Reviewers

Each paper will be reviewed by two other authors.
The assignment of papers to reviewers will respect the experience of the author and the reviewer so that every author gets reviewed by at least one reviewer further into their PhD or on the same level.

The reviewing guidelines are available at: Review Guide
The review template is available at: AICC Review Form

Call for Tutorials

We welcome proposals for tutorials on technical topics, as well as on:

  • Paper writing
  • How do give effective presentations
  • How to review papers

The tutorial will be organised before the conference to support the authors.

To submit a proposal please email the committee as soon as possible. We will try to process any request as soon as possible and inform you of any decision and scheduling.

Program / Timetable

  • 9:30: Intro
  • 9:45: Academic talk by Dr Enrico H. Gerding
  • 10:30: Session 1 (Chair: Thomas O. M. Davies)
    • 10:30: Guillermo Romero Mereno
    • 10:50: Ryan Beal
    • 11:10: Fan Bi
  • 11:30: Tea Break
  • 11:45: Session 2 (Chair: Joseph Early)
    • 11:45: Phuriwat Worrawichaipat
    • 12:05: Thomas O. M. Davies
  • 12:30: Lunch
  • 13:30: Poster Session
  • 14:30: Tea break
  • 15:00: Session 3 (Chair: Kaustubh Sameer Jalundhwala)
    • 15:00: Tesfay Zemuy Gebrekidan
    • 15:20: Chaoyue Niu
    • 15:40: Joseph Early
  • 16:00: Industry talk by Dr Bastian Blankenburg (UTU Technologies)
  • 16:45: Closing comments


Past Conferences

1st AIC Conference