AAAI Student Abstract and Poster Program

The AAAI conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence runs a student abstract and poster program. The AAAI-11 Student Abstract and Poster Session will be held on Wednesday, August 10. AAAI will provide fabric-covered boards and mounting supplies. You are responsible for mounting your material on the board for presentation. A representative from the author team must remain by the posterboard throughout the session to answer questions and clarify statements. The session gives attendees an opportunity to ask questions and probe deeper into your abstract, so your presence is essential.

A good poster allows someone to grasp quickly what your research is all about, and allows you to explain your ideas to them in more detail in case they are interested. It works like this: You will stand in front of your poster. People will walk by and look at your poster, especially the first one or two pages, to find out what your work is all about and whether they are interested in finding out more. Thus, there should be some text that gives an overview of your idea but not more than a couple of sentences in a large font. It is unlikely that people will read a whole paragraph or more. Often, people will ask you to explain your work. Then you talk to them for a while and use the poster to explain your ideas. Since you provide the explanation in a conversation, figures and bulleted lists that you can point to while explaining your work or answering a question are extremely important. They are also important because they might help to start a conversation. Often people will look at your poster, point to a figure or short statement, and say "Gee, that looks interesting. How does it work exactly?"

Some of the students who presented posters in the previous years have made their posters available in case you would like to see some examples. We put ALL of the posters that we received on this webpage. By looking at the various posters, you can decide for yourself which designs you like and which ones you do not like, and design your poster accordingly. There is no need to copy the style of the posters! (And your poster does not need to be as fancy as some of the example posters as long as it is functional.) But we hope that they are useful examples in case you do not know exactly what a poster is.

If you have any questions regarding your poster presentation, please contact Keri Harvey at

last updated by Sven Koenig (USC), a former chair of the program