Special Issue on Innovative Applications of AI: Guest Editor's Introduction

AI Magazine

We are pleased to publish this special selection of articles from the Sixteenth Annual Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI-04), which occurred July 27-29, 2004 in San Jose, California. IAAI is the premier venue for learning about AI's impact through deployed applications and emerging AI technologies. Case studies of deployed applications with measurable benefits arising from the use of AI technology provide clear evidence of the impact and value of AI technology to today's world. The emerging applications track features technologies that are rapidly maturing to the point of application. The seven articles selected for this special issue are extended versions of the papers that appeared at the conference. Four of the articles describe deployed applications that are already in use in the field. The other three articles, which are from the emerging technology track, were selected because they are particularly innovative and show great potential for deployment.


The 2004 National Conference on AI: Post-Conference Wrap-Up

AI Magazine

AAAI's Nineteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-04) filled the top floor of the San Jose Convention Center from July 25-29, 2004. The week's program was full of recent advances in many different AI research areas, as well as emerging applications for AI. Within the various topics discussed at the conference, a number of strategic domains emerged where AI is being harnessed, including counterterrorism, space exploration, robotics, the Web, health care, scientific research, education, and manufacturing.


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AI Magazine

AAI's Nineteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-04) filled the top floor of the San Jose Convention Center from July 25-29, 2004. The week's program was full of recent advances in many different AI research areas, as well as emerging applications for AI. Within the various topics discussed at the conference, a number of strategic domains emerged where AI is being harnessed, including counterterrorism, space exploration, robotics, the Web, health care, scientific research, education, and manufacturing. Counter-Terrorism / Crisis Management / Defense--For decades, the Department of Defense has been a major funding source for AI research. Since the tragedies of September 11, there has been a new urgency to develop and field AIbased systems to aid the intelligence, defense, and emergency response communities.


A Visual Qualitative Modeling Environment for Middle-School Students

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Learning how to create, test, and revise models is a central skill in scientific reasoning. We argue that qualitative modeling provides an appropriate level of representation for helping middle-school students learn to become modelers. We describe Vmodel, a system we have created that uses visual representations and that enables middle-school students to create qualitative models. Software coaches use simple analyses of model structure plus qualitative simulation to provide feedback and explanations. This system has been used in several studies in Chicago public school classrooms, using curricula developed in collaboration with teachers.


VModel: A Visual Qualitative Modeling Environment for Middle-school Students

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Learning how to create, test, and revise models is a central skill in scientific reasoning. We argue that qualitative modeling provides an appropriate level of representation for helping middle-school students learn to become modelers. We describe Vmodel, a system we have created that uses visual representations and that enables middle-school students to create qualitative models. Software coaches use simple analyses of model structure plus qualitative simulation to provide feedback and explanations. This system has been used in several studies in Chicago public school classrooms, using curricula developed in collaboration with teachers. We discuss the design of the visual representation language, how Vmodel works, and evidence from school studies that indicate it is successful in helping students.