The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence presented the 2018 Fall Symposium Series, Thursday through Saturday, October 18–20, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia. The titles of the eight symposia were as follows:
- Adversary-Aware Learning Techniques and Trends in Cybersecurity
- Artificial Intelligence for Synthetic Biology
- Artificial Intelligence in Government and Public Sector
- A Common Model of Cognition
- Gathering for Artificial Intelligence and Natural System
- Integrating Planning, Diagnosis, and Causal Reasoning
- Interactive Learning in Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction
- Reasoning and Learning in Real-World Systems for Long-Term Autonomy
An informal reception was held on Thursday, October 18. A general plenary session, in which the highlights of each symposium will be presented, will be held on Friday, October 19.
Special Events at the AAAI 2018 Fall Symposium Series
Saturday, October 20, 2018
This colocated symposium associated with the AAAI “AI for K-12” Initiative, launched in collaboration with the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and AI4All, was held Saturday, October 20. For further information on the AAAI AI4K12 initiative and fall symposium, please visit the AI4K12 website. An AAAI Press release on this initiative is also available.
Growing Federal Support for AI Research
Division Director, CISE/IIS, National Science Foundation
Friday, October 19, 2018
(At the beginning of the Friday evening plenary session)
Kautz described current efforts to expand and coordinate support by the government and industry in AI research. At the National Science Foundation, support of AI is now an agency-wide priority. In addition to traditional support from CISE/IIS, support for AI is coming from a number of recent cross-division and interagency programs, such as the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. NSF is growing funding for research on the social impacts of AI. All major federal agencies that fund AI R&D, including NSF, Department of Defense, Health and Human Services, NASA, and many others, have begun to coordinate their efforts through a new AI working group at NITRD. The Community Computing Consortium is leading a study with support from NSF to create a “roadmap” that is expected to influence government support for AI research over the next decade.
Henry Kautz is Director of the Division of Information & Intelligent Systems in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation. He is a professor at the University of Rochester, where he was the founding director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science. He is a past president of AAAI and past chair of the Section on Information and Computing at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research is in knowledge representation and reasoning, social media analytics, and healthcare applications.
For more information about the 2018 AAAI Fall Symposium Series, you should consult the following:
- Call for Proposals (2018)
Symposium Technical Reports
Some AAAI symposia are available as technical reports. For contents and ordering information, consult the Spring or Fall sections of the AAAI Press Technical Reports Catalog.