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Call for Papers

KI – Künstliche Intelligenz
German Journal of Artificial Intelligence – Organ des Fachbereichs "Künstliche Intelligenz" der
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
Editor-in-Chief: D. Sonntag

Special Issue: Challenges in Interactive Machine Learning

Special Issue Guest Editors:

* Stefano Teso (KU Leuven, Belgium)
* Oliver Hinz (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)

Machine learning is revolutionizing our ability to leverage data and tackle challenging
applications such as natural language and image understanding, recommender systems,
fraud detection, and medical diagnosis. Interactive learning supports these advances by
casting learning as a dialogue between a model and one or more users, who may play the
role of teachers, targets, and judges of the model being learned, and who can also learn as
being part of the teaching-learning loop. Interactive learning encompasses different styles
4 issues/year of interaction, from acquiring label and ranking information as in active learning and
preference elicitation to exchanging structured supervision as in imitation learning. This
Electronic access allows the model to produce personalized predictions and recommendations and handle
data-scarce settings by only querying for informative, targeted supervision. Interaction is
▶ also required for establishing a mutual understanding between the model and the user,
and in turn directability and trust.
Submission information Designing successful interactive learning schemes requires to solve a number of key
challenges like minimizing the cognitive cost for the user while optimizing query
informativeness, devising effective interaction protocols based on different types of
S.I. : Challenges in Interactive Machine Learning
queries (membership, ranking, search, explanation, etc.), producing optimal questions by
explicitly and efficiently capturing the uncertainty of the model, distributing the load of
query answering across multiple teachers with heterogeneous abilities, designing or
estimating realistic models of user behavior, increasing tolerance to noise and actively
Important Dates guiding the user toward providing better and more robust supervision, and, more
generally, automatically discovering the user's expertise level and adapting the interaction
* Submission deadline: August 31, 2019
accordingly. Such an interaction is likely to help make such systems more transparent and
the results more explainable.
Only then interactive learning will unlock unprecedented opportunities for both scientific
research and commercial exploitation in Artificial Intelligence, Health Care, Environment
Contact and Climate, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Agriculture, Social Web,
Finance, e-Commerce, and Design, among other domains.
For comments, suggestions or requests please
send an email to Guest Editors This special issue aims at surveying established research in interactive learning, as well as overviewing recent advances on algorithms, models and effective process design around humans in the loop.
Handling Editor, Editorial Board If you are interested in contributing (technical reports, system descriptions, project
Kristian Kersting (TU Darmstadt, Germany) reports, survey articles, discussions and dissertation abstracts) to this special issue, please contact one of the guest editors before the submission deadline.

Authors can find all relevant information on the KI website (

computer/ai/journal/13218, cf. Instructions for Authors).
Manuscripts should be submitted in LaTeX. Please use Springer’s LaTeX macro package and
choose the formatting option “twocolumn” (
Submissions to the KI Journal go to the Editorial Manager site (