Scope and Topics

The field of Artificial Intelligence stands at an inflection point, and there could be many different directions in which the future of AI research could unfold. Accordingly, there is a growing interest to ensure that current and future AI research is used in a responsible manner for the benefit of humanity (i.e., for social good). To achieve this goal, a wide range of perspectives and contributions are needed, spanning the full spectrum from fundamental research to sustained deployments in the real-world.

This workshop will explore how AI research can contribute to solving challenging problems faced by current-day societies. For example, what role can AI research play in promoting health, sustainable development and infrastructure security? How can AI initiatives be used to achieve consensus among a set of negotiating self-interested entities (e.g., finding resolutions to trade talks between countries)? To address such questions, this workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners across different strands of AI research and a wide range of important real-world application domains. The objective is to share the current state of research and practice, explore directions for future work, and create opportunities for collaboration. In addition, the workshop will place a special emphasis on highlighting AI approaches for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers believe that AI research has an important role to play in providing unique insights about the pandemic and developing targeted responses; we encourage submissions from both AI researchers as well as epidemiologists, health policy researchers, and other domain experts who are interested in engaging with the IJCAI community.


The workshop organizers invite paper submissions on the following (and related) topics:
  • Applications of Learning and Optimization in Societally Beneficial Domains
  • AI Approaches for COVID-19
  • Real-world applications of game theory for security
  • Cybersecurity
  • Security applications of machine learning
  • Foundations of game theory for security
  • Adversarial/robust learning
  • Fake news control
  • Privacy protection
  • Agent/human interaction for preference elicitation and optimization
  • Protection against environmental crime
  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence
  • AI Environmental Sustainability
  • AI for Democracy in the Developing World

Finally, the workshop will welcome papers that describe the release of benchmarks and data sets that can be used by the community to solve fundamental problems of interest, including in machine learning and optimization for health systems and urban networks, to mention but a few examples.


The workshop will be a one-day meeting. It will include a number of (possibly parallel) technical sessions, a virtual poster session where presenters can discuss their work, with the aim of further fostering collaborations, multiple invited speakers covering crucial challenges for the field of AI for Social Good and learning and will conclude with a panel discussion.


Attendance is open to all. At least one author of each accepted submission must be present at the workshop.

Important Dates

  • May 17, 2021 AOE – Submission Deadline
  • June 1, 2021 – Acceptance notification
  • August 21, 2021 – Workshop Date

Submission Information

Submission URL: Easychair Link

Submission Types

  • Technical Papers: Full-length research papers of up to 6 pages (excluding references and appendices) detailing high quality work in progress or work that could potentially be published at a major conference in IJCAI format.
  • Short Papers: Position or short papers of up to 4 pages (excluding references and appendices) in IJCAI format that describe initial work or the release of privacy-preserving benchmarks and datasets on the topics of interest.

All papers must be submitted in PDF format, using the IJCAI-21 author kit. Submissions should include the name(s), affiliations, and email addresses of all authors.
Submissions will be refereed on the basis of technical quality, novelty, significance, and clarity. Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least two program committee members.
Submissions of papers rejected from the AAMAS 2021 and IJCAI 2021 technical program are welcomed.

For questions about the submission process, contact the workshop chairs.


Accepted Papers


Invited Speakers


Program Committee


Workshop Chairs

Amulya Yadav

Penn State University

Haipeng Chen

Harvard University

Sasha Luccioni

Mila, Universite de Montreal

Thanh Nguyen

University of Oregon