AAAI 2021 Workshop - Reframing Diversity in AI: Representation, Inclusion and Power - Call for Papers

We invite scholars to submit a paper on their perspectives of addressing issues relating to at least one of the three topics (described in full below). We seek participants who are actively engaged and committed to these topics and are willing to collaborate with the workshop participants in future work, as we are interested in establishing a formal consortium of members and organizations to continue developing this work following the workshop. 

We are particularly interested in engaging members from minority-serving institutions including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s).


Submission Guidelines

There are two paper submission types:

  • Whitepaper or extended abstract (1-2 pages)
  • Full paper (4-6 pages)

All paper submissions should adhere to the AAAI conference author kit available for download here: 

Papers can be submitted to the RDAI-2021 workshop via EasyChair here.


Key Dates

Papers submission deadline: January 11, 2021

Notification of selected papers: January 19, 2021

Final paper (camera-ready) version due: January 25, 2021

Workshop Topics

Topic 1: The use of technology and solutions to help tackle aspects of systemic racism

Much of the current discussion of systemic racism and technology focuses on the development and use of engineered technologies that amplify, reinforce or conceal systemic racism. Aside from improving these technologies or eliminating their use altogether, there are few innovations that focus on dismantling systemic racism as the primary focus. We assert that when an aspect of systemic racism is selected, deconstructed and understood from a liberatory perspective, there may be opportunities for technology to be applied to completely disrupt the system. This topic will focus on the identification and framing of disruptive technologies for the purpose of eliminating the opportunity for systemic racism or discrimination to persist.

Topic 2: Inclusion in technical research and the design and creation of solutions

In this phase of the movement for civil rights, awareness of the different realities of people of different races in the United States and abroad is expanding. As technical researchers, this often means the need for awareness of the experience of difference in the ground truth and testing data that is used. As the field continues to grow, the actual voice, knowledge and experience of Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) must expand, particularly as BIPOC people are significant users of technology. Setting aside paternalistic approaches and deficit-perspective assumptions, we must explore methods to include BIPOC people in the creation and testing of technology, and expand diversity of the data sets that we use in our work. 

Topic 3: The ability to influence corporate, academic and organizational decision making around technology and organizational structure

Depending on the institutional sector (higher education, corporation, government) power in the selection of technologies that are developed is driven and maintained in different forms, however, is consistently concentrated in the hands of a few. Those with significant power and influence often are not BIPOC people or non-male, which limits the opportunity for the field to shift into a more representative direction. Often, in response to calls for increased representation and inclusion, organizations and entities typically make commitments toward outreach to grow new talent, create unique or diversity coded leadership roles or offer training. These efforts are positive but do not result in a meaningful share of power. Determining sustainable methods to distribute power within artificial intelligence is critical for an inclusive future of the field.