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) …
Chernova, Sonia (Worcester Polytechnic Institut) | Dodds, Zachary (Harvey Mudd College) | Stilman, Mike (Georgia Institute of Technology) | Touretzky, Dave (Carnegie Mellon University) | Thomaz, Andrea L. (Georgia Institute of Technology)
In this article we report on the exhibits and challenges shown at the AAAI 2011 Robotics Program in San Francisco. The event included a broad demonstration of innovative research at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence. Through these multi-year challenge events, our goal has been to focus the research community's energy toward common platforms and common problems to work toward the greater goal of embodied AI.
Turn-taking is a fundamental part of human communication. Our goal is to devise a turn-taking framework for human-robot interaction that, like the human skill, represents something fundamental about interaction, generic to context or domain. We propose a model of turn-taking, and conduct an experiment with human subjects to inform this model. Our findings from this study suggest that information flow is an integral part of human floor-passing behavior.
Anderson, Monica (University of Alabama) | Chernova, Sonia (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) | Dodds, Zachary (Harvey Mudd College) | Thomaz, Andrea L. (Georgia Institute of Technology) | Touretsky, David (Carnegie Mellon University)
The 19th robotics program at the annual AAAI conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2010. In this article we give a summary of three components of the exhibition: small scale manipulation challenge: robotic chess; the learning by demonstration challenge, and the education track. We also describe the participating teams, highlight the research questions they tackled and briefly describe the systems they demonstrated.
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.