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) …
Agrawal, Vikas (IBM Research-India) | Archibald, Christopher (Mississippi State University) | Bhatt, Mehul (University of Bremen) | Bui, Hung (Nuance) | Cook, Diane J. (Washington State University) | Cortés, Juan (University of Toulouse) | Geib, Christopher (Drexel University) | Gogate, Vibhav (University of Texas at Dallas) | Guesgen, Hans W. (Massey University) | Jannach, Dietmar (TU Dortmund) | Johanson, Michael (University of Alberta) | Kersting, Kristian (University of Bonn) | Konidaris, George (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) | Kotthoff, Lars (University College Cork) | Michalowski, Martin (Adventium Labs) | Natarajan, Sriraam (Indiana University) | O'Sullivan, Barry (University College Cork) | Pickett, Marc (Naval Research Laboratory) | Podobnik, Vedran (University of Zagreb) | Poole, David (University of British Columbia) | Shastri, Lokendra (GM Research, India) | Shehu, Amarda (George Mason University) | Sukthankar, Gita (University of Central Florida)
Agrawal, Vikas (Infosys Limited) | Baier, Jorge (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) | Bekris, Kostas (Rutgers University) | Chen, Yiling (Harvard University) | Garcez, Artur S. d'Avila (City University London,) | Hitzler, Pascal (Wright State University) | Haslum, Patrik (Australian National University) | Jannach, Dietmar (TU Dortmund) | Law, Edith (Carnegie Mellon University) | Lecue, Freddy (IBM Research) | Lamb, Luis C. (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) | Matuszek, Cynthia (University of Washington) | Palacios, Hector (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) | Srivastava, Biplav (IBM Research) | Shastri, Lokendra (Infosys Limited) | Sturtevant, Nathan (University of Denver) | Stern, Roni (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) | Tellex, Stefanie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) | Vassos, Stavros (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Anand, Sarabjot Singh (University of Warwick) | Bunescu, Razvan C. (Ohio University) | Carvalho, Vitor R. (Microsoft Live Labs) | Chomicki, Jan (University of Buffalo) | Conitzer, Vincent (Duke University) | Cox, Michael T. (BBN Technologies) | Dignum, Virginia (Utrecht University) | Dodds, Zachary (Harvey Mudd College) | Dredze, Mark (University of Pennsylvania) | Furcy, David (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh) | Gabrilovich, Evgeniy (Yahoo! Research) | Göker, Mehmet H. (PricewaterhouseCoopers) | Guesgen, Hans Werner (Massey University) | Hirsh, Haym (Rutgers University) | Jannach, Dietmar (Dortmund University of Technology) | Junker, Ulrich (ILOG) | Ketter, Wolfgang (Erasmus University) | Kobsa, Alfred (University of California, Irvine) | Koenig, Sven (University of Southern California) | Lau, Tessa (IBM Almaden Research Center) | Lewis, Lundy (Southern New Hampshire University) | Matson, Eric (Purdue University) | Metzler, Ted (Oklahoma City University) | Mihalcea, Rada (University of North Texas) | Mobasher, Bamshad (DePaul University) | Pineau, Joelle (McGill University) | Poupart, Pascal (University of Waterloo) | Raja, Anita (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) | Ruml, Wheeler (University of New Hampshire) | Sadeh, Norman M. (Carnegie Mellon University) | Shani, Guy (Microsoft Research) | Shapiro, Daniel (Applied Reactivity, Inc.) | Smith, Trey (Carnegie Mellon University West) | Taylor, Matthew E. (University of Southern California) | Wagstaff, Kiri (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) | Walsh, William (CombineNet) | Zhou, Ron (Palo Alto Research Center)
Anand, Sarabjot Singh, Bahls, Daniel, Burghart, Catherina R., Burstein, Mark, Chen, Huajun, Collins, John, Dietterich, Tom, Doyle, Jon, Drummond, Chris, Elazmeh, William, Geib, Christopher, Goldsmith, Judy, Guesgen, Hans W., Hendler, Jim, Jannach, Dietmar, Japkowicz, Nathalie, Junker, Ulrich, Kaminka, Gal A., Kobsa, Alfred, Lang, Jerome, Leake, David B., Lewis, Lundy, Ligozat, Gerard, Macskassy, Sofus, McDermott, Drew, Metzler, Ted, Mobasher, Bamshad, Nambiar, Ullas, Nie, Zaiqing, Orsvarn, Klas, O'Sullivan, Barry, Pynadath, David, Renz, Jochen, Rodriguez, Rita V., Roth-Berghofer, Thomas, Schulz, Stefan, Studer, Rudi, Wang, Yimin, Wellman, Michael
The AAAI-07 workshop program was held Sunday and Monday, July 22-23, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The program included the following thirteen workshops: (1) Acquiring Planning Knowledge via Demonstration; (2) Configuration; (3) Evaluating Architectures for Intelligence; (4) Evaluation Methods for Machine Learning; (5) Explanation-Aware Computing; (6) Human Implications of Human-Robot Interaction; (7) Intelligent Techniques for Web Personalization; (8) Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition; (9) Preference Handling for Artificial Intelligence; (10) Semantic e-Science; (11) Spatial and Temporal Reasoning; (12) Trading Agent Design and Analysis; and (13) Information Integration on the Web.
For the last two decades, configuration systems relying on AI techniques have successfully been applied in industrial environments. These systems support the configuration of complex products and services in shorter time with fewer errors and, therefore, reduce the costs of a mass-customization business model. The European Union-funded project entitled CUSTOMER-ADAPTIVE WEB INTERFACE FOR THE CONFIGURATION OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WITH MULTIPLE SUPPLIERS (CAWICOMS) aims at the next generation of web-based configuration applications that cope with two challenges of today's open, networked economy: (1) the support for heterogeneous user groups in an open-market environment and (2) the integration of configurable subproducts provided by specialized suppliers. This article describes the CAWICOMS WORKBENCH for the development of configuration services, offering personalized user interaction as well as distributed configuration of products and services in a supply chain.