With Stephen Hawking opening an AI lab it's only a matter of time before smart robots take over for humans in the factory, on the battlefield, in the supermarket, and behind the counter. There's an old Chinese saying: "If you want to do anything good, easy and fast, you need connections," said Nancy Yang, a spokesperson for the fourth annual Seattle Biz-Tech Summit meeting today in Bellevue, Wash., outside Seattle. "Here in the U.S., we use email and messaging, but the Chinese way, and really for many Asians, is to meet face to face." Tanvi Lad shook off her first game loss and pulled off a rare victory over Rituparna Das in a three-set match and entered the women's singles final of the Manorama-Indian Open National-ranking badminton tournament here on Saturday. Stephen Hawking, the famous scientist who once said intelligent machines could be mankind's biggest threat, opened an artificial intelligence lab in Britain this week to help develop robot surgeons and Terminator-style military droids.
The Twenty-Seventh AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-13) and the Twenty-Fifth Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI-13) will be held in Bellevue, Washington at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel, July 14-18, 2013. The AAAI technical program will consist of the main technical track and four special tracks on AI and the web, cognitive robotics, computational sustainability and AI, and robotics, as well as the continuation of the very successful spotlights track, highlighting significant AI results presented at our sister conferences in the past two years. The AAAI and IAAI programs will also feature a keynote address by Raymond Mooney, entitled Grounded Language Learning, the Robert S. Engelmore Award Lecture by Deborah L. McGuinness (Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute), a joint IAAI/AAAI invited talk by Larry Birnbaum (Northwestern University), and invited talks by Kristin P. Bennett (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania), Maja Mataric (University of Southern California), Tuomas Sandholm (Carnegie Mellon University), and Lawrence Hunter (University of Colorado). The fourth iteration of the AAAI Symposium on Educational Advances on AI will be collocated with AAAI, and the AAAI program will also include 16 half-day tutorials, 12 workshops, AAAI robotics events, the AAAI Poker Competition, the Video Competition, Student Abstract Posters, the AAAI/SIGART Doctoral Consortium, and more! The conference banquet will be held at the Bellevue Art Museum, and other special events are planned, such as a Puzzle Hunt.
AAAI announced its new class of AAAI Senior Members at the recent AAAI-12 Conference in Toronto. Senior Member status is designed to recognize AAAI members who have achieved significant accomplishments within the field of artificial intelligence. To be eligible for nomination for Senior Member, candidates must be consecutive members of AAAI for at least five years and have been active in the professional arena for at least ten years. Manuela Veloso, incoming AAAI President, and Eric Horvitz, AAAI Past President and Awards Committee Chair, presented the AAAI Awards in August at AAAI-12 in Toronto. The 2012 AAAI Distinguished Service Award recognizes one individual for extraordinary service to the AI community.