AAAI 2008 Workshop Reports

Razvan C Bunescu, Vitor R. Carvalho, Jan Chomicki, Vincent Conitzer, Michael T. Cox, Virginia Dignum, Zachary Dodds, Mark Dredze, David Furcy, Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Mehmet H. Göker, Hans Werner Guesgen, Haym Hirsh, Dietmar Jannach, Ulrich Junker, Wolfgang Ketter, Alfred Kobsa, Sven Koenig, Tessa Lau, Lundy Lewis, Eric Matson, Ted Metzler, Rada Mihalcea, Bamshad Mobasher, Joelle Pineau, Pascal Poupart, Anita Raja, Wheeler Ruml, Norman M. Sadeh, Guy Shani, Daniel Shapiro, Sarabjot Anand Singh, Matthew E. Taylor, Kiri Wagstaff, Trey Smith, William Walsh, Ron Zhou


AAAI was pleased to present the AAAI-08 Workshop Program, to be held Sunday and Monday, July 13–14, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The program included the following fifteen workshops: Advancements in POMDP Solvers, AI Education Workshop, Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems, Enhanced Messaging, Human Implications of Human-Robot Interaction, Intelligent Techniques for Web Personalization and Recommender Systems, Metareasoning: Thinking about Thinking, Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling, Search in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Spatial and Temporal Reasoning, Trading Agent Design and Analysis, Transfer Learning for Complex Tasks, What Went Wrong and Why: Lessons from AI Research and Applications, and Wikipedia and Artificial Intelligence: An Evolving Synergy. The Workshop on Advancements in POMDP Solvers brought together active researchers in the area of solving partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs). Participants discussed various approaches to solving POMDPs, and discussed potential real world applications of the model. The AI Education Colloquium kicked off AAAI 2008’s AI Forum, a series of events on the teaching and learning of AI. The colloquium convened AI practitioners passionate about improving both their students’ and their own appreciation of our field’s compelling ideas. The goal of the Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Multiagent Systems workshop was to examine and define the current state of the art research in agent systems research related to coordination, organizations institutions and norming. The Enhanced Messaging workshop brought together researchers from across the AI and computer science spectrum to discuss the state of research on e-mail and information overload. New connections between participants are driving forward work in this area and building a new research community. The Human Implications of Human-Robot Interaction workshop concerned aspects of HRI that particularly call for multidisciplinary research and dialogue, representing AI and robotics as well as disciplines such as psychology, theology, sociology, and philosophy. The Intelligent Techniques for Web Personalization and Recommender Systems workshop was scheduled as a joint event, bringing together researchers and practitioners from the fields of web personalization and recommender systems. It focused on current and emerging topics related to web intelligence, particularly its application to recommender systems. The goal of the Metareasoning workshop was to explore the implications of a proposed model for metareasoning by examining its aspects, its use as a model of self, and its role in single-agent and multiagent applications. The Advances in Preference Handling workshop highlighted recent progress in eliciting and exploiting preferences for computational tasks from artificial intelligence, databases, and operations research. The Search in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics workshop brought together search researchers to share their ideas and disseminate their latest research results. It focused on finding common ground between search techniques used in artificial intelligence and robotics, which was a great success. The Workshop on Spatial and Temporal Reasoning brought together related communities of researchers with an interest in the study of representing and reasoning about either space or time — or both. The Trading Agent Design and Analysis workshop focused on the design and evaluation of trading agents. The Transfer Learning for Complex Tasks workshop covered a wide range of topics, including regression, classification, reinforcement learning, planning, Markov logic networks, and neural networks. The What Went Wrong and Why Workshop at AAAI 08 was dedicated to the propositions that insight often begins with unexpected results, and that clarity arrives in the ensuing response. The goals of the Wikipedia and AI workshop were to investigate the mutually beneficial interaction between Wikipedia and AI, and to foster a discussion on new applications and research directions that could benefit from this increasingly important relationship.

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