Woods, William, Uckun, Sendar, Kohane, Isaac, Bates, Joseph, Hulthage, Ingemar, Gasser, Les, Hanks, Steve, Gini, Maria, Ram, Ashwin, desJardins, Marie, Johnson, Peter, Etzioni, Oren, Coombs, David, Whitehead, Steven
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) held its 1994 Spring Symposium Series on 19-23 March at Stanford University, Stanford, California. This article contains summaries of 10 of the 11 symposia that were conducted: Applications of Computer Vision in Medical Image Processing; AI in Medicine: Interpreting Clinical Data; Believable Agents; Computational Organization Design; Decision-Theoretic Planning; Detecting and Resolving Errors in Manufacturing Systems; Goal-Driven Learning; Intelligent Multimedia, Multimodal Systems; Software Agents; and Toward Physical Interaction and Manipulation. Papers of most of the symposia are available as technical reports from AAAI.
Benchmarks, test beds, and controlled experimentation are becoming more common. We discuss these issues as they relate to research on agent design. We survey existing test beds for agents and argue for appropriate caution in their use. We end with a debate on the proper role of experimental methodology in the design and validation of planning agents.