Chairs: Kevin Baum, Timo Speith
(German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bayreuth

As AI becomes more prevalent, concerns about biased decision-making, mistrust, safety, gaps in responsibility, and accountability become increasingly pressing. While XAI is seen as a crucial and central means of mitigating these risks, a more comprehensive understanding of XAI is still required that considers not only technical aspects but also societal, psychological, legal, and ethical requirements of AI explanation. The special track on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on XAI at the World Conference on Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI 2023) aims to provide a forum for discussing and exploring these issues, bringing together experts from various disciplines to advance the field of XAI. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Psychological notions and concepts for XAI 
Philosophical consideration of synthetic explanations
XAI as prerequisite for responsible, AI-supported decision-making
XAI, humans-in-the-loop, and effective human oversight
The impact of XAI on trust(worthiness) and acceptance
Explainability & responsibility in policy guidelines
The epistemic & moral goods expected from explaining AI
Moral principles & dilemma for XAI-based systems
Legal considerations for explainable AI
Explainable AI for decision support in critical systems
The societal implications of XAI

Submitted manuscripts must be novel and not substantially duplicate existing work. Manuscripts must be written using Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) in the format provided here. Latex and word files are admitted: however, the former is preferred (word template, latex template, latex in overleaf). All submissions and reviews will be handled electronically. The conference has a no dual submission policy, so submitted manuscripts should not be currently under review at another publication venue.

Articles must be submitted using the easy-chair platform here.

The contact author must provide the following information: paper title, all author names, affiliations, postal address, e-mail address, and at least three keywords.

The conference will not require a strict page number, as we believe authors have different writing styles and would like to produce scientific material differently. However, the following types of articles are admitted:

full articlesbetween 12 and 24 pages (including references)
short articlesbetween 8 and 12 pages (including references)
extended abstractsbetween 4 and 8 pages (including references)

Full articles should report on original and substantial contributions of lasting value, and the work should concern the theory and/or practice of Explainable Artificial Intelligence (xAI). Moreover, manuscripts showcasing the innovative use of xAI methods, techniques, and approaches and exploring the benefits and challenges of applying xAI-based technology in real-life applications and contexts are welcome. Evaluations of proposed solutions and applications should be commensurate with the claims made in the article. Full articles should reflect more complex innovations or studies and have a more thorough discussion of related work. Research procedures and technical methods should be presented sufficiently to ensure scrutiny and reproducibility. We recognise that user data may be proprietary or confidential, therefore we encourage sharing (anonymized, cleaned) data sets, data collection procedures, and code. Results and findings should be communicated clearly, and implications of the contributions for xAI as a field and beyond should be explicitly discussed.
Shorter articles should generally report on advances that can be described, set into context, and evaluated concisely. These articles are not ‘work-in-progress’ reports but complete studies focused on smaller but complete research work, simple to describe. For these articles, the discussion of related work and contextualisation in the wider body of knowledge can be smaller than that of full articles.
Extended abstracts should contain the definition of a problem and the presentation of a solution, comparisons to related work, and other details expected in a research manuscript but not in an abstract. They are not simply long abstracts or ‘work-in-progress’. An extended abstract is a research article whose ideas and significance can be understood in less than an hour. Producing an extended abstract can be more demanding than producing a full or short research article. Some things that can be omitted from an extended abstract, such as future work, details of proofs or implementation that should seem plausible to reviewers, and ramifications not relevant to the key ideas of the abstract. It should also contain enough bibliographic references to follow the main argument of the proposed research.

Special track articles

The article submitted to the special tracks follows the normal procedure and must be submitted via easy-chair, as mentioned above. The types of articles admitted are full articles, shorter articles and extended abstracts, as described above. The author of an article for a special track must select the name of such special track in the list of topics in easy-chair, along with other relevant topics.

Ethical & Human Subjects Considerations

The conference organisers expect authors to discuss the ethical considerations and the impact of the presented work and/or its intended application, where appropriate. Additionally, all authors must comply with ethical standards and regulatory guidelines associated with human subjects research, including using personally identifiable data and research involving human participants. Manuscripts reporting on human subjects research must include a statement identifying any regulatory review the research is subject to (and identifying the form of approval provided) or explaining the lack of required review.

Further style instructions

We ask the authors to start the reference section on a new page. Appendices count toward the page limit. Use an even number of pages (4,6,8..,22, 24)

*All dates are Anywhere on Heart time (AoE)

Article (main track & special tracks)

Authors/title/abstract registration deadline on submission platform (easy-chair)*:April 15, April 20, 2023
Article upload deadline on submission platform (easy-chair)*:April 20 April 25, 2023
Notification of acceptance:May 12, May 19th,2023
Registration (payment) and camera-ready (upload to easy-chair):May 19, May 29, June 6th, 2023
Article presentation instructions notificationJune, 26th, 2023
Accepted article presentation (at xAI-2023)July, 26-28th, 2023
Publication (Springer CCIS series)August 2023
*full, short and extended abstract articles

Doctoral consortium (DC) proposal

DC Proposal author/title registration deadline on submission platform (easy-chair):April 16th, April 25, 2023
DC Proposal upload deadline on submission platform (easy-chair):April 30, May, 5, 2023
Notification of acceptance:April 30, May 19th, May, 22nd, 2023
Registration (payment)May 7, May 29, 2023
DC proposal camera-ready (upload to easy-chair): June 16, 2023
DC presentation and meeting instructions notificationJune, 26th, 2023
Doctoral consortium meeting (at xAI-2023)July, 26-28th, 2023
Publication (planned with CEUR-WS.org*)August 2023
*Proceedings shall be submitted to CEUR-WS.org for online publication

Late-breaking work & demos

Late-breaking work & demo author/title/abstract registration on submission platform (easy-chair):May 23, 2023
Late-breaking work & demo article upload deadline on submission platform (easy-chair):May 28, 2023
Notification of acceptance:June 06, June 10, June 13, 2023
Registration (payment) & Late-breaking work & demo camera-ready (upload to easy-chair):June 16, June 20, 2023
Late-breaking work & demo presentation instructions notificationJune, 26th, 2023
Late-breaking work & demo presentations (at xAI-2023)July, 26-28th, 2023
Publication (planned with CEUR-WS.org*)August 2023
*Proceedings shall be submitted to CEUR-WS.org for online publication

Special track proposal

Proposal submission (contact):Anytime before February 08 February 15 2023

Panel discussion

Panel Discussion proposals:May 21, 2023
Notification of acceptance:May 28, 2023
Registration of Panel Discussions facilitators:June 06, 2023

Conference

The World Conference on eXplainable AI26-28 July 2023

The Peer-Review process

All articles submitted within the deadlines and per the guidelines will be subjected to a single-blind review. Papers that are out of scope, incomplete, or lack sufficient evidence to support the basic claims may be rejected without full review. Furthermore, reviewers will be asked to comment on whether the length is appropriate for the contribution. Each of the submitted articles will be reviewed by at least three members of the Scientific Committee.

After completion of the review process, the authors will be informed about the acceptance or rejection of the submitted work. The reviewers’ comments will be available to the authors in both cases. In case of acceptance, authors must meet the recommendations for improvement and prepare and submit the definitive version of the work up to the camera-ready paper submission deadline. In case of failure to consider the recommendations made by the reviewers, the organizing committee and the editors reserve the right not to include these works in the conference proceedings.

The article’s final version must follow the appropriate style guide and contain the authors’ data (names, institutions and emails) and the ORCID details. Submitted articles will be evaluated according to their originality, technical soundness, significance of findings, contribution to knowledge, and clarity of exposition and organisation.

According to the quality of the accepted article and its rank among all the other accepted manuscripts, it can be accepted for a full or short presentation or as a poster.

Code of Ethics

Inspired by the code of ethics put forward by the Association of Computing Machinery, the programme committee, supervised by the general conference chairs and organisers, have the right to desk-reject manuscripts that perpetuate harmful stereotypes, employ unethical research practices, or uncritically present outcomes or implications that disadvantage minoritized communities. Further, reviewers of the scientific committee will be explicitly asked to consider whether the research was conducted in compliance with professional, ethical standards and applicable regulatory guidelines. Failure to do so could lead to a desk-rejection

Proceedings publication

Each accepted and presented full, short and extended abstract manuscript, either as an oral presentation or as a poster, will be included in the conference proceedings by Springer in Communications in Computer and Information Science, edited by the general chair.  At least one author must register for the conference by the early registration deadline. The official publication date is when the publisher makes the proceedings available online. This date will be after the conference and can take a number of weeks. If authors would like to publish their article open access (upon a fees with Springer), please refer to this page.

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