Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
The Tenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-92) was held July 12–16, 1992, San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California.
The National Conference on Artificial Intelligence has been and remains the forum at which the highest quality new research in artificial intelligence is presented. The highly competitive review and selection process helps ensure this. For the 1992 conference, only 133 of 636 submitted papers were accepted. This year, the program committee was especially encouraged to seek out research results that help bridge the growing gaps between maturing subdisciplines of AI. We have, as usual, also sought out new, innovative research ideas that may be tomorrow’s popular research areas.
The content of the program reflects those areas where much current research is focused. A series of nine sessions explored exciting results in learning, approached from diverse viewpoints. Another series of ten sessions covered new results in planning and coordination and problem- solving topics, including search and constraint satisfaction. One session looks at the empirical revolution in natural language processing, and another explores issues that arise in scaling up AI systems to realistic, real-world sizes. Although applications are relatively rare in the program, the conference is collocated with the Innovative Applications of AI Conference, which has an excellent sampling of such topics.
In addition to the refereed papers, we also invited a set of speakers to introduce or survey exciting areas of AI research. Oliver Selfridge, our keynote speaker, presented his vision of research in learning. Other topics included learning visual behaviors, a control-theory perspective on learning to act, case-based reasoning, and distributed AI.
In addition, speakers illuminated applications of AI in legal reasoning, molecular biology, machine translation, and multimedia. There was also a survey of the newly-emerging discipline of artificial life. This year we introduced two new exhibitions in addition to the traditional exhibit program: a mobile robot exhibition and an AI art show. The mobile robot exhibition marked the resurgence of interest in AI in robotics and focuses on the interaction of various parts of AI to achieve effective behavior in the real world. The AI art exhibition featured the use of AI in the production of serious works of art in a number of media.
Paul Rosenbloom and Peter Szolovits