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) …
Albrecht, Stefano V. (University of Edinburgh) | Beck, J. Christopher (University of Toronto) | Buckeridge, David L. (McGill University) | Botea, Adi (IBM Research, Dublin) | Caragea, Cornelia (University of North Texas) | Chi, Chi-hung (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) | Damoulas, Theodoros (New York University) | Dilkina, Bistra (Georgia Institute of Technology) | Eaton, Eric (University of Pennsylvania) | Fazli, Pooyan (Carnegie Mellon University) | Ganzfried, Sam (Carnegie Mellon University) | Giles, C. Lee (Pennsylvania State University) | Guillet, Sébastian (Université du Québec) | Holte, Robert (University of Alberta) | Hutter, Frank (University of Freiburg) | Koch, Thorsten (TU Berlin) | Leonetti, Matteo (University of Texas at Austin) | Lindauer, Marius (University of Freiburg) | Machado, Marlos C. (University of Alberta) | Malitsky, Yui (IBM Research) | Marcus, Gary (New York University) | Meijer, Sebastiaan (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) | Rossi, Francesca (University of Padova, Italy) | Shaban-Nejad, Arash (University of California, Berkeley) | Thiebaux, Sylvie (Australian National University) | Veloso, Manuela (Carnegie Mellon University) | Walsh, Toby (NICTA) | Wang, Can (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) | Zhang, Jie (Nanyang Technological University) | Zheng, Yu (Microsoft Research)
AAAI's 2015 Workshop Program was held Sunday and Monday, January 25–26, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel in Austion, Texas, USA. The AAAI-15 workshop program included 15 workshops covering a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence. Most workshops were held on a single day. The titles of the workshops included AI and Ethics, AI for Cities, AI for Transportation: Advice, Interactivity and Actor Modeling, Algorithm Configuration, Artificial Intelligence Applied to Assistive Technologies and Smart Environments, Beyond the Turing Test, Computational Sustainability, Computer Poker and Imperfect Information, Incentive and Trust in E-Communities, Multiagent Interaction without Prior Coordination, Planning, Search, and Optimization, Scholarly Big Data: AI Perspectives, Challenges, and Ideas, Trajectory-Based Behaviour Analytics, World Wide Web and Public Health Intelligence, Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots, and Learning for General Competency in Video Games.
Nardi, Daniele (Sapienza University of Rome) | Noda, Itsuk (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) | Ribeiro, Fernando (University of Minho) | Stone, Peter (Technische Universität Darmstadt) | Stryk, Oskar von (Carnegie Mellon University) | Veloso, Manuela
RoboCup was created in 1996 by a group of Japanese, American, and European artificial intelligence and robotics researchers with a formidable, visionary long-term challenge: By 2050 a team of robot soccer players will beat the human World Cup champion team. In this article, we focus on RoboCup robot soccer, and present its five current leagues, which address complementary scientific challenges through different robot and physical setups. Full details on the status of the RoboCup soccer leagues, including league history and past results, upcoming competitions, and detailed rules and specifications are available from the league homepages and wikis.