SACAIR2023 | Unconference

Call for Abstracts or Posters

The Organising Committee of the South African Conference for Intelligence Research 2023 (SACAIR2023) invites the submission of extended abstracts and posters to its unconference. This event will be held on the 4th of December and will precede the main conference being held from the 5th to the 8th of December. The unconference provides a supportive and engaging space for emerging researchers from academia and industry to present their work and network with established researchers.

This year’s instalment is organised by the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and will be hosted at 26 Degrees South, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. The theme of the conference is “Human Centred Artificial Intelligence.” Submissions which embrace this theme and fall within the tracks specified below are welcome. A major goal of the conference is to grow the community of AI researchers in Southern African, and strengthen the existing networks by making new connections. Therefore, if you’re a passionate novice in the field, we especially encourage your submission and participation in the conference. We’re keen to form part of your support structure as you develop into an established AI researcher or practitioner.

Conference Structure 

4 December 2023: Student unconference
5 December 2023: Tutorials
6 – 8 December 2023: Conference

Conference Tracks and Scope

SACAIR is a multi-disciplinary conference which is organised into the following five tracks:

  1. Algorithmic and Data-Driven AI (Computer Science)
    • Deep Learning and Machine Learning
    • Computer Vision and Image Processing
    • Pattern Recognition
    • Evolutionary Computing
    • Biometrics and Cybersecurity in AI
    • Explainable AI
  2. Symbolic AI (Knowledge Representation and Reasoning)
    • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
    • Ontologies
    • Computational Logic
    • Multi-agent Systems
    • Agent-based Modelling
    • Quantum Artificial Intelligence
  3. Socio-technical and human-centred AI (Information Systems)
    • AI Information Systems
    • AI and Socio-Technical Systems
    • Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence
    • AI for and in Business, including AI adoption
    • AI Supporting Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy
    • AI for Development and Social Good
    • Society 5.0
  4. Responsible and Ethical AI (Philosophy and Law / Humanities)
    • Data Ethics
    • Machine Ethics
    • Ethics of Socio-robotics
    • Neuro Ethics
    • AI and the Law
    • Responsible AI Governance
  5. Inter- and transdisciplinary AI research

Important Dates (Updated 23 October 2023)

  • Submission Deadline: 8 September 2023
  • Acceptance notification: 20 October 2023
  • Camera Ready Submission: 13 November 2023


Extended abstracts must be no more than 2 pages in length (excluding references). Abstracts must be created with either the Springer Latex or Microsoft Word templates.
Please submit applications using CMT, please use the following link:

Unconference Organising Committee

Tevin Moodley (University of Johannesburg)
Asad Jeewa (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Yuvika Singh (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Sibonelo Dlamini (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Contact: unconference@sacair.org.za


Papers will undergo a blind review process by the unconference organising committee and be published online on the SACAIR 2023 website. The best 10-15 submissions (depending on time constraints) will be awarded a presentation slot on the day of the unconference. Furthermore, authors whose papers were rejected by the main conference are encouraged to submit their papers to the unconference for consideration.23