Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
The Fifteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-98) was held July 26–30, 1998, at the convention center in Madison, Wisconsin.
It was our pleasure to invite you to the Fifteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence Where you could
- Try your luck playing backgammon, Scrabble, poker, or bridge against some of the best AI programs in the world (Hall of Champions)
- Interact with live demonstrations of AI pets and other systems that respond to human speech and gestures, AI on the world wide web, and an intelligent classroom (Intelligent Systems Demonstrations Program)
- Dine and schmooze amidst the excitement of top robotics research teams from around the world competing head-to-head for fame and glory (AI Festival, Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition)
- Join a team to design and build your own mobile robot and compete with it against other teams’ robots (Robot Building Laboratory) final results)
The backbone of the conference was, of course, the Technical Program, which for 1998 comprised 144 papers, selected by a rigorous double-blind referee process out of 470 submissions.
Our invited speakers for 1998 included, as usual, distinguished AI researchers speaking on technical topics of broad importance, as well as some special guests from outside our community whose work reflected and built on ours:
- A panel of science-fiction authors (including Gregory Benford) reading from their work envisioning futures with AI
- A musical Turing test between the works of Bach and compositions by an AI program (David Cope)
- A psychologist with surprising evidence of how we treat computers like people–even when we know better (Cliff Nass)
Finally, we continued the popular Workshop Program, Tutorial Forum, SIGART/AAAI Doctoral Consortium, and Student Abstract and Poster Program.
After looking through this website for more details on these events, we hope you decided to join us in Madison!
Jack Mostow and Charles Rich