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Who is it for?
FAIRS'17 at AI-2017 will allow doctoral and MRes/MPhil students working on AI related projects to discuss their research and PhD experiences with senior academics in the field and with other Forum attendees. Students eligible to apply include those who have either completed a Master's degree in an AI field and who are interested in progressing to a PhD, or are current doctoral or research Masters students. The event will give students the opportunity to receive feedback in addition to the supervisory arrangements at their own institution.

Student discussion workshops
These will allow students to get together with others to discuss any difficulties or issues with the conduct of their research, such as selecting a research subject, writing about their work (potentially for publication), dealing with setbacks etc. If you have received any useful advice, have any tips, or developed your own ways of working which may be interesting or useful to other research students, please be ready to talk about these!

The student discussion workshops will be split into parallel streams depending on current stage in the PhD process.

  • Early stage students - Discussions including (but not limited to) getting started, choosing a research topic, setting up ways of working, doing literature searches etc are entirely appropriate for this session - please feel free to contribute, however early in your PhD career you are.
  • Later stage students - second half of your PhD. Discussions may include writing for publication, attending conferences, dealing with setbacks, supervision difficulties, the viva, future employment etc.

Student rep
FAIRS'17 will host the hustings and election for a student representative to the SGAI committee. Students who wish to nominate themselves may do so using the FAIRS'17 registration form. If there are a large number of candidates the organisers may draw up a short-list using information submitted with registration.

The SGAI committee meet around 5 times a year at the BCS London office. Travel expenses are paid. The main activity of the group is organisation of the international AI conference service. The new student rep. will have the opportunity to bring new ideas to the committee and be involved in developing involvement with the wider AI student community.

The FAIRS'17 registration form includes a space to provide a paragraph explaining why you should be the student rep. Candidates will not be considered if this answer is not given. The organisers reserve the right to use this answer to create a shortlist in the event of a large number of candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in advance of the event. On the day you will have the opportunity to use a hustings session to encourage other participants to vote for you. All candidates will have 2 minutes to present themselves. Of course, you may also be able to generate support for your candidacy by chatting with other FAIRS attendees throughout the day, and in particular during the breaks.

Please note that the BCS constitution requires that all members of Specialist Group committee are BCS members. Student membership of BCS is required as a minumum for the student rep on the SGAI committee.

Where?
FAIRS'17 will be held in Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge.

Getting there
Cambridge is within easy reach of the A14, the A11 and the M11.  Click here for a map of the location (courtesy of Multimap).

Parking
Parking is problematic in the Cambridge area, and the University Centre web site recommends use of the following, all within a five minute walk:

  • Garden House Moat House Hotel car park, opposite the Centre (fee payable)
  • Lion Yard Car Park, on Corn Exchange Street off Pembroke Street (fee payable)
  • Silver Street, outside Darwin and Queens' Colleges (pay and display for motorcycles only)
  • Along the Backs (pay and display).

We would also suggest that you might consider using the Park and Ride facility, which has buses to the city centre.

If you have mobility problems or are a Blue Badge holder then we will of course be able to offer you parking near to the Univeristy Centre. Unfortunately we cannot extend this to other attendees.

Lunch
Lunch will be taken together in the Peterhouse College Dining Hall. The registration fee (£15 + VAT) includes the lunch and all refreshments.

Cancellation Policy
Registered delegates who cannot attend the event for any reason can cancel their reservation by contacting the conference secretariat by email to sgai-conference@bcs.org.uk by Thursday 30th November 2017. A cancellation confirmation will be issued by return by the secretariat.

Accommodation
If modestly priced accommodation is required, Cambridge Youth Hostel (see www.yha.org.uk) has bed and breakfast from around £20.00 a night - please make your own reservation and payment arrangements. Bed and Breakfast accommodation may also be available on a first come first served basis in Peterhouse College. Please contact the organisers to arrange this.

AI-2017
Student attendees at FAIRS'17 will be more than welcome to register for the AI-2017 conference, for which a special student rate is available. Full details of the AI-2017 workshop and conference programme is at www.bcs-sgai.org/ai2017

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