AI'2004 was held at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario from May 17 to May 19, 2004. The conference was held jointly with the Computer and Robot Vision and Graphics Interface conferences. The three conferences attracted more than 200 attendees. Three workshops and a graduate symposium were held in conjunction with the technical sessions.
This article is a reflection on the goals and focus of the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) Conference. The author begins with an historical review of the conference. He then goes on to discuss the role of the IAAI conference, including an examination of the relationship between AI scientific research and the application of AI technology. He concludes with a presentation of the new vision for the IAAI conference.