If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Muslea, Ion, Dignum, Virginia, Corkill, Daniel, Jonker, Catholijn, Dignum, Frank, Coradeschi, Silvia, Saffiotti, Alessandro, Fu, Dan, Orkin, Jeff, Cheetham, William E., Goebel, Kai, Bonissone, Piero, Soh, Leen-Kiat, Jones, Randolph M., Wray, Robert E., Scheutz, Matthias, Farias, Daniela Pucci de, Mannor, Shie, Theocharou, Georgios, Precup, Doina, Mobasher, Bamshad, Anand, Sarabjot Singh, Berendt, Bettina, Hotho, Andreas, Guesgen, Hans, Rosenstein, Michael T., Ghavamzadeh, Mohammad
AAAI presented the AAAI-04 workshop program on July 25-26, 2004 in San Jose, California. This program included twelve workshops covering a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence. The titles of the workshops were as follows: (1) Adaptive Text Extraction and Mining; (2) Agent Organizations: Theory and Practice; (3) Anchoring Symbols to Sensor Data; (4) Challenges in Game AI; (5) Fielding Applications of Artificial Intelligence; (6) Forming and Maintaining Coalitions in Adaptive Multiagent Systems; (7) Intelligent Agent Architectures: Combining the Strengths of Software Engineering and Cognitive Systems; (8) Learning and Planning in Markov Processes -- Advances and Challenges; (9) Semantic Web Personalization; (10) Sensor Networks; (11) Spatial and Temporal Reasoning; and (12) Supervisory Control of Learning and Adaptive Systems.
Abecker, Andreas, Antonsson, Erik K., Callaway, Charles B., Dignum, Virginia, Doherty, Patrick, Elst, Ludger van, Freed, Michael, Freedman, Reva, Guesgen, Hans, Jones, Gareth, Koza, John, Kortenkamp, David, Maybury, Mark, McCarthy, John, Mitra, Debasis, Renz, Jochen, Schreckenghost, Debra, Williams, Mary-Anne
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, in cooperation with Stanford University's Department of Computer Science, presented the 2003 Spring Symposium Series, Monday through Wednesday, 24-26 March 2003, at Stanford University. The titles of the eight symposia were Agent-Mediated Knowledge Management, Computational Synthesis: From Basic Building Blocks to High- Level Functions, Foundations and Applications of Spatiotemporal Reasoning (FASTR), Human Interaction with Autonomous Systems in Complex Environments, Intelligent Multimedia Knowledge Management, Logical Formalization of Commonsense Reasoning, Natural Language Generation in Spoken and Written Dialogue, and New Directions in Question-Answering Motivation.
Karlgren, Jussi, Kanerva, Pentti, Gamback, Bjorn, Forbus, Kenneth D., Tumer, Kagan, Stone, Peter, Goebel, Kai, Sukhatme, Gaurav S., Balch, Tucker, Fischer, Bernd, Smith, Doug, Harabagiu, Sanda, Chaudri, Vinay, Barley, Mike, Guesgen, Hans, Stahovich, Thomas, Davis, Randall, Landay, James
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, in cooperation with Stanford University's Department of Computer Science, presented the 2002 Spring Symposium Series, held Monday through Wednesday, 25 to 27 March 2002, at Stanford University. The nine symposia were entitled (1) Acquiring (and Using) Linguistic (and World) Knowledge for Information Access; (2) Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Entertainment; (3) Collaborative Learning Agents; (4) Information Refinement and Revision for Decision Making: Modeling for Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Prediction; (5) Intelligent Distributed and Embedded Systems; (6) Logic-Based Program Synthesis: State of the Art and Future Trends; (7) Mining Answers from Texts and Knowledge Bases; (8) Safe Learning Agents; and (9) Sketch Understanding.