Further info


Who is it for?
FAIRSí08 at AI-2008 will allow doctoral and MRes/MPhil students working on AI related projects to present their research and receive feedback from senior academics in the field and for discussion 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, and so applicants should be at a stage of work where feedback and participation in the Forum will not be too late to offer useful support.

Students not wishing to present their work are also welcome to participate in the Forum.

Student presentations
We are seeking student presentations about their PhD research project and experiences. Please prepare a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation that contains a brief description of your research, but which also highlights difficulties or issues with the conduct of the research, such as selecting a research subject, writing about your 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 include these!

The student presentations and discussion session will be split into two parallel streams for early or later stage students:

  • Early stage students - first half of your PhD. 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.

FAIRSí08 will be held in the University Centre, University of Cambridge. Please note that this is different to the AI-2008 conference, which takes place in Peterhouse College.

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).

The University Centre is in Granta Place, Mill Lane, just off Trumpington Street (the main road into Cambridge from junction 11 of the M11) next to Silver Street and the river. There is a traffic system that limits access to the Centre from Silver Street from 06:00 until 10:00 in the morning and limits access out via Silver Street from 16:00 until midnight. Access via Trumpington Street (from the south) is unaffected, and we would advise visitors to take that route to benefit from the lack of ambiguity. However, please note that we strongly advise you not to attempt to bring a car to the University Centre.

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 will be taken together in one of the University Centre canteens/coffee shop areas. Attendees will purchase their own food and drink. Free tea and coffee will be available in the stated programme breaks.

If modestly priced accommodation is required, Cambridge Youth Hostel (see www.yha.org.uk) has bed and breakfast from around £13.95 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.

Student attendees at FAIRSí08 will be more than welcome to register for the AI-2008 conference, for which a special student rate is available. Full details of the AI-2008 workshop and conference programme is at www.bcs-sgai.org/ai2008. FAIRSí08 is intentionally scheduled for Monday 8th December 2008 to allow attendees to participate in the workshop day of AI-2008 on Tuesday 9th December if they wish.

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