For the application stream, a paper is acceptable even if it describes a system which has not yet been installed, PROVIDED the application is original AND the paper discusses the kinds of things that would help someone thinking of implementing a similar system in their own organisation. It must concisely describe and scope the problem tackled, saying why it is hard, and why AI techniques are needed. It should also make clear the status of the system, and should discuss such things as the project duration and effort, how the project was justified and the expected benefits estimated , any problems encountered, the performance of the final system and the reactions of users.
It is suggested that papers should contain sections covering the following information:
First page: Must include title, list of authors and their affiliations and an abstract.
Problem description: This should describe the problem that the application solves, stating the objectives of the application and explaining why an AI solution was required. If other solutions were tried and failed, briefly outline these solutions with reasons for failure.
Application description: This should describe the solution to the problem, with technical details on design and implementation. It should describe any methodological approach used, detail the key AI techniques used and if appropriate show how they were integrated with conventional techniques. If commercial AI tools were used they should be identified and reasons for their selection given.
Application building: This should describe the size and skill make-up of the project team, how long is took to build and the costs involved. How it was/will be installed and introduced to the users, with details of any training required. Describe any plans for maintenance, in particular how the knowledge is expected to change over time, and any features to aid the updating of knowledge, etc.
Application benefits: Were potential benefits identified before building the application and have these been realised or are likely to be realised? Has the application been in use and, if so, how often has it been used and by how many users? What further long term benefits are expected? What future plans have been made for its enhancement and use?