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) …
Nirenburg, Sergei (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Bao, Jie (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) | Bojars, Uldis (National University of Ireland) | Choudhury, Ranzeem (Dartmouth College) | Ding, Li (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) | Greaves, Mark (Vulcan Inc.) | Kapoor, Ashish (Microsoft Research) | Louchart, Sandy (Heriot-Watt University) | Mehta, Manish (Georgia Institute of Technology) | Nebel, Bernhard (Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg) | Nirenburg, Sergei (University of Maryland Baltimore County) | Oates, Tim (University of Maryland Baltimore County) | Roberts, David L. (Georgia Institute of Technology) | Sanfilippo, Antonio (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) | Stojanovic, Nenad (University of Karlsruhe) | Stubbs, Kristen (iRobot Corportion) | Thomaz, Andrea L. (Georgia Institute of Technology) | Tsui, Katherine (University of Massachusetts Lowell) | Woelfl, Stefan (Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg)
The titles of the nine symposia were Agents that Learn from Human Teachers, Benchmarking of Qualitative Spatial and Temporal Reasoning Systems, Experimental Design for Real-World Systems, Human Behavior Modeling, Intelligent Event Processing, Intelligent Narrative Technologies II, Learning by Reading and Learning to Read, Social Semantic Web: Where Web 2.0 Meets Web 3.0, and Technosocial Predictive Analytics. The aim of the Benchmarking of Qualitative Spatial and Temporal Reasoning Systems symposium was to initiate the development of a problem repository in the field of qualitative spatial and temporal reasoning and identify a graded set of challenges for future midterm and long-term research. The Intelligent Event Processing symposium discussed the need for more AI-based approaches in event processing and defined a kind of research agenda for the field, coined as intelligent complex event processing (iCEP). The Intelligent Narrative Technologies II AAAI symposium discussed innovations, progress, and novel techniques in the research domain.
Ball, Jerry (Air Force Research Laboratory) | Arney, Chris (Army Research Office) | Collins, Samuel G. (Towson University) | Marcus, Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania) | Nirenburg, Sergei (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) | Chella, Antonio (University of Palermo) | Goebel, Kai (NASA Ames Research Center) | Li, Jason H. (Intelligent Automation, Inc.) | Lyell, Margaret (Intelligent Automation, Inc.) | Magerko, Brian (Michigan State University) | Manzotti, Riccardo (IULM University) | Morrison, Clayton T. (University of Southern California) | Oates, Tim (University of Maryland Baltimore County) | Riedl, Mark (University of Southern California) | Trajkovski, Goran P. (South University) | Truszkowski, Walt (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) | Uckun, Serdar (NASA Ames Research Center)
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence presented the 2007 Fall Symposium Series on Friday through Sunday, November 9–11, at the Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, Virginia. The titles of the seven symposia were (1) AI and Consciousness: Theoretical Foundations and Current Approaches, (2) Artificial Intelligence for Prognostics, (3) Cognitive Approaches to Natural Language Processing, (4) Computational Approaches to Representation Change during Learning and Development, (5) Emergent Agents and Socialities: Social and Organizational Aspects of Intelligence, (6) Intelligent Narrative Technologies, and (7) Regarding the "Intelligence" in Distributed Intelligent Systems.