An Overview of Recent Application Trends at the AAMAS Conference: Security, Sustainability and Safety

AI Magazine

A key feature of the AAMAS conference is its emphasis on ties to real-world applications. The focus of this article is to provide a broad overview of application-focused papers published at the AAMAS 2010 and 2011 conferences. More specifically, recent applications at AAMAS could be broadly categorized as belonging to research areas of security, sustainability and safety. We outline the domains of applications, key research thrusts underlying each such application area, and emerging trends.

Daimler CEO Says Migration to E-Cars Should Be Left up to Market

U.S. News

Daimler AG sign is pictured at the IAA truck show in Hanover, Germany, September 22, 2016. FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said the migration from combustion-engined cars to electric vehicles should be left up to the market rather than forced by quotas. "We want to reach the maximum speed ourselves, we don't need quotas for that," he said at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday. A media report said recently that the European Commission wanted to accelerate the retreat from combustion engines by setting a quota for low emission cars such as electric cars from 2025. The European Union said it had no plans to introduce quotas.

The Modern Automobile Must Die

Mother Jones

This story was originally published by The New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Germany was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country's government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was needed in all developed countries. If Germany could do it, it would prove the target possible.

Who Pays For Roads Once Electric Vehicles Defund The Gas Tax?

Forbes - Tech

Ben Affleck is seen in Los Angeles filling his tank and paying a heap of gas taxes. What will happen to those taxes when Ben drives an electric car? (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images) Most motorists will switch to electric vehicles because of their favorable economics, according to transportation experts, who therefore expect federal and state taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel to evaporate. The U.S. collected $44 billion in fuel taxes in 2015, according to the Tax Policy Center. "I think we'll see a coming rapid shift to electric vehicles," said Edward J. Regan of the consulting firm CDM Smith. "This is something that will also radically change things.

Smart Cities Initiatives around the World Are Improving Citizens' Lives


It's a fact of life that most of us are going to be living in cities. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 68 percent of the world's population will live in cities by the year 2050. Research by U.S.-based McKinsey & Company shows that by 2025, 600 cities around the globe will together generate 60 percent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, there are 29 cities worldwide with populations of more than 10 million people, and cities use between 60 percent and 80 percent of the world's energy. Lighting alone accounts for up to 19 percent of the world's electricity consumption.