Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
The Fourth Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IAAI-92) was collocated with AAAI-92 and held July 12-16, 1992, in San Jose, California.
At the initial IAAI conference, most of the applications represented the first attempts by various organizations to put AI to practical use. In this conference, we see the next generation of applications developed in organizations that no longer view AI as risky but rather as stable technology. American Express and Swiss Bank Corporation, for example, are each working toward a corporate computing environment in which cooperative AI applications interact. In the first volume, we saw many applications by companies that traditionally have been early adopters of new technology; this year, we see that AI applications are also appearing in companies that traditionally have waited to use proven technologies.
This conference presented AI applications in a variety of industries, such as finance and banking, telecommunications, automotive, and transportation.
The applications address a variety of tasks, such as customer service, data analysis, design, and planning. As computer scientists, we are particularly interested this year to see AI applied to our own field.
Three applications address different aspects of software development: automatic program generation, inspection and analysis of source code, and analysis of core dumps. Although many applications are aimed at solving problems local to a single organization, the PHAROS system, developed by National Westminster Bank, illustrates how AI can be used to help companies adjust to more global changes, such as the formation of a single European market.
The applications described in this conference not only demonstrated the commercial value of software systems employing AI techniques but also delineated the process by which these software systems are developed and deployed.
Carlisle Scott and Phil Klahr