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Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now closed.

New this Year!

The Conference Committee is excited to share with you the tracks and subtopics for the technical program! The technical program will consist of presentations from selected speakers chosen by the session moderators.

However, we are issuing an open Call for Abstracts for additional speakers, presentations, and posters on related research and case studies to supplement the technical program.

Abstract submissions are for presentations or posters only. Conference proceedings will NOT be published.

Invitations will be extended to individuals of accepted abstracts to submit a full paper to the AEI Journal of Architectural Engineering for consideration to be included in an online Special Collection: AEI Conferences


  • Materials & Structures
  • Energy & Mechanical Systems
  • Acoustics, Lighting, Electrical Systems
  • Construction


You are invited to submit an abstract to any of the technical tracks or topics listed.

  • Designing for Disasters
  • Embodied Carbon in Buildings
  • New Material & Envelope Technologies
  • Smart Cities and Communities
  • Occupant-Aware Building Control
  • Advanced Retrofit Approaches
  • Light & Health
  • Building-to-Grid Interaction
  • Electrification & Novel Energy Storage
  • BIM, AI, & Extended Reality
  • Offsite Construction & Prefabrication
  • Construction Automation & Workforce Development
  • Graduate Student Poster Session (Posters Only)

Submitted abstracts must meet the following requirements:

  • Abstracts may be submitted in MS Word for proposed oral or poster presentations and are expected to be between 300 to 400 words. They cannot contain images, tables, or other graphic elements.
  • Submissions must include the full names, credentials, affiliations, contact information, and email addresses for all individuals associated with the presentation.
  • The presenting speaker must be identified.

During submission, submitters may select between presentation types:

  • Technical Presentation (Podium Only)
  • Technical Presentation (Poster Only)
  • Technical Presentation (Podium or Poster)
  • Graduate Student Poster Session (Poster Only)

Session Types

  • Individual Presentations: Presentations of technical work and case studies that provide breadth and depth on a single technical topic. (~6 podium presentations during 120 minutes technical session)
  • Graduate Student Poster Session: Presentations of technical work and case studies in a visual display. Master’s and Ph.D. students only. There will be an award for best poster. During 120-minute technical session.

AE practitioners proposing a technical or case study presentation are encouraged to focus subjects on the most current industry practices in a vendor-neutral format.

Abstract Evaluation

Abstract Evaluation for acceptance to the conference will be based on:

  • Technical content and topic alignment
  • Contribution to science and/or practice of AE
  • Quality of methodology/approach
  • Impact/advancement on AE Profession
  • Practical applications
  • Potential for a quality presentation in the format you picked

AEI Build

Presenters will be required to identify the best fit AEI Build category when submitting abstracts. AEI Build draws on the best ideas in design, construction, and maintenance of buildings in eight practice-focused areas of the architectural engineering profession: Deliver, Enclose, Learn, Modular, Perform, Resilient, Secure, and Sustain.

Learn more about AEI Build
PowerPoint presentations will be posted on AEI Collaborate (AEI’s online technical forum).

Submission Instructions
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  7. Once logged in, a turquoise box will pop up at the top of your screen indicating you have created a submission. You will be in edit mode of that submission.
  8. Complete all the required fields in all the tabs.
  9. Click Save on the bottom right of your screen as necessary. If required fields are missing data, you will see the missing data tabs indicated with a red triangle.
  10. Click on the Submit button on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submissions Open | May 13, 2020
  • Submission Deadline | July 29, 2020
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification | September 4, 2020
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