Menlo Park, California — Effective immediately, the new name for the American Association for Artificial Intelligence is the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. The acronym AAAI remains the same.
“AAAI’s original name no longer reflects our dual roles — national and international—in the global AI community,” explains AAAI President Alan Mackworth. “Our membership has strong international representation. The same is true of the contributors to and attendees of AAAI-sponsored conferences, symposia, tutorials, and workshops.
“Beyond the annual conferences held in North America, much of AAAI’s mission, activities, and membership,” says Mackworth, “are not well-characterized by the label �American.’ As AAAI embarks on its second quarter century, the leadership and membership of the organization have approved this name change to reflect the current reality in our increasingly global scientific environment.
“The membership at large shares our enthusiasm for this exciting new face for AAAI,” concludes Mackworth. “So I am delighted to report that, effective March 1, 2007, AAAI is now the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.”
During this process, AAAI has consulted with many of its sibling AI societies throughout the world. There are no plans to change the scope or location of AAAI’s activities as a consequence of the name change.
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