Computing is undergoing the most substantial transformation since the foundations of the field were laid by Alan Turing some eight decades ago. Ahead of the 2016 Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems, Microsoft researcher Chris Bishop answers the question: Is this excitement about AI just hype, or is there substance, too?
Founded early in 1983, the center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University grew out of a long-standing collaboration between scientists at research laboratories in the Palo Alto area and the faculty and students of several Stanford University departments and out of a need for an institutional focus for this work on natural and computer languages.
Research by members of the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers, and by their collaborators, is organized within the Laboratory for Computer Science research(LCSR). AI and AI-related applications are the major area of research within LCSR, with about forty people-faculty, staff and graduate students-currently involved in various aspects of AI research.
In 2012, when reading a paper from a recent premier computer security conference, we came to believe there is a clever way to defeat the analyses asserted in the paper, and, in order to show this we wrote to the authors (faculty and graduate students in a highly ranked U.S. computer science department) asking for access to their prototype system. We thus decided to reimplement the algorithms in the paper but soon encountered obstacles, including a variable used but not defined; a function defined but never used; and a mathematical formula that did not typecheck. We asked the authors for clarification and received a single response: "I unfortunately have few recollections of the work ... " We next made a formal request to the university for the source code under the broad Open Records Act (ORA) of the authors' home state. The university's legal department responded with: "We have been unable to locate a confirmed instance of [system's] source code on any [university] system."