AISB'93 Conference: Programme and Registration

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                               A I S B' 9 3

'P R O S P E C T S   F O R   A R T I F I C I A L   I N T E L L I G E N C E'

                    Cognitive Science Research Centre
                       The University of Birmingham
                       March 29th -- April 2nd 1993


The biennial conferences of the Society for the Study of Artificial
Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour are traditionally
"single-track" scientific meetings aiming to bring together all areas
of research in AI and computational cognitive science, and AISB'93 is
no exception. With the end of the century close at hand, it seemed
appropriate to choose a forward looking theme, so the five invited
speakers, all distinguished researchers in their own sub-fields, have
been asked to identify trends and project into the future, instead of
simply surveying past achievements. Some but not all of the submitted
papers also analyse prospects; the others report on work already done.

The referees and the selection committee used as a major criterion for
selection the requirement that papers should be of interest to a
general AI audience. All of the papers have in common a commitment to
a "design-based" approach to the study of intelligence, though some of
them focus mainly on requirements, some mainly on designs and some on
actual implementations, and of course there is wide variation not only
regarding the sub-domains of AI (such as vision, learning, language,
emotions) but also between the techniques used (such as symbolic
reasoning, neural net models, genetic algorithms), and also between
those who attempt to design intelligent agents using a top down
analysis of human-like intelligence and those who work bottom up from
primitive insect-like mechanisms. There is also international variety,
with papers from several European countries and further afield.

This variety of topics and approaches promises to make the conference
particularly lively, with plenty of scope for controversy. We have
therefore decided to allow a little more time than usual for each item
in the programme, so that questions and discussions can add to the

There will also be poster presentations, where some work that could
not be included in the formal proceedings can be presented, and it is
expected that there will be book displays by major AI publishers and
possibly some displays and demonstrations by vendors of AI software
and systems. The conference will be preceded by a programme of seven
tutorials and workshops for which separate registration is available.

Integral Solutions Limited have agreed to present a prize of AI
software, including Poplog, and a place on one of their training
courses, for the paper voted "best presented" by the audience.

For those involved in AI and Cognitive Science, the conference is a
primary opportunity to meet, discuss and learn about current work. For
those new to these fields, the conference is a chance to become
acquainted with them in pleasant surroundings and to meet the people
involved. For full-time students, large reductions in registration
fees are offered.

The location of the conference is one of the attractive halls of
residence in a pleasant lakeside setting at one end of the campus of
the University of Birmingham. This is not very far from the city
centre, so a visit to one of the local attractions of the centre, such
as the renowned Symphony Hall, will require a journey of only a few
minutes by taxi or train. Single room accommodation has been booked,
and the auditorium is in the same building as the bedrooms and dining
room, so that the conference will provide excellent opportunities for
informal mixing and discussions. The number of rooms available is
limited, so early booking is recommended.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you enjoy the conference.

Aaron Sloman.


Programme Chair:
    Aaron Sloman    (University of Birmingham)

Programme Committee:
    David Hogg      (University of Leeds)
    Glyn Humphreys  (University of Birmingham)
    Allan Ramsay    (University College Dublin)
    Derek Partridge (University of Exeter)

Local Organiser:
    Donald Peterson (University of Birmingham)

    Petra Hickey    (University of Birmingham)


                         GENERAL INFORMATION


The AISB'93 Conference will take place from Monday 29th March to
Friday 2nd April 1993.

The Tutorials and Workshops run on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th March.
The main Technical Programme begins after lunch on Tuesday 30th March
and ends before lunch on Friday 2nd April.


The venue for registration and all conference events is: 

	Lake Hall,
	The Vale,
	Church Road, 
	B15 3SX. 

	Tel. +44-(0)21-454-0678 


Lake Hall is two and a half miles from Birmingham's city centre, and
is easily reached from New Street Station, and from Birmingham
International Airport. Full travel details will be sent on


The official language of the conference is English.


Single room accommodation has been reserved for conference delegates
in Lake Hall. Delegates preferring to stay at a hotel must book their
own accommodation, though names of nearby hotels are available on


The University Campus nearby contains branches of Lloyds and Barclays
banks, Dillons University Bookshop, Stanford and Man Stationers, a
men's hairdresser, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.


There is ample free parking in the vicinity of Lake Hall.


                          TECHNICAL PROGRAMME

        (The order is provisional. Invited talks are asterisked)

                           MONDAY MARCH 29TH

Workshops and Tutorials (see below)

                    TUESDAY MARCH 30TH (Morning)

Workshops and Tutorials (see below)

                    TUESDAY MARCH 30TH (Afternoon)

14.00 Introduction

14.15 * Kurt Van Lehn (Pittsburg)
--- Prospects for modelling human learning (e.g. college physics)

15.30 Husbands, Harvey, Cliff
--- An evolutionary approach to AI

16.00 TEA & COFFEE 

16.30 Edmund Furse
--- Escaping from the box

17.00 Thomas Vogel
--- Learning biped robot obstacle crossing

17.30 Antunes, Moniz, Azevedo 
--- RB+ the dynamic estimation of the opponent's strength


18.45 DINNER 

                          WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

09.00 * Ian Sommerville (Lancaster)
--- Prospects for AI in systems design

10.15 Oh, Azzelarabe, Sommerville, French
--- Incorporating a cooperative design model in a computer aided
design improvement system

10.45 TEA & COFFEE

11.15 Stuart Watt
--- Fractal behaviour analysis

11.45 Valente, Breuker, Bredewg
--- Integrating modeling approaches in the commonKADS library

12.15 Cawsey, Galliers, Reece, Jones
--- Revising beliefs and intentions: a unified framework for agent interaction

12.45 LUNCH

14.15 * Allan Ramsay (Dublin)
--- Prospects for natural language processing by machine

15.30 Lin, Fawcett, Davies
--- Genedis: the discourse generator in communal

16.00 TEA & COFFEE

16.30 Miwa, Simon
--- Production system modelling to represent individual differences:
tradeoff between simplicity and accuracy in simulation of behaviour

17.00 Freksa, Zimmerman
--- Enhancing spatial reasoning by the concept of motion


18.45 DINNER 

                          THURSDAY 1ST APRIL

09.00 * Glyn Humphreys (Birmingham)
---  Prospects for connectionism - science and engineering

10.15 Rodrigues, Lee
--- Nouvelle AI and perceptual control theory

10.45 TEA & COFFEE

11.15 Vogel, Popwich, Cercone
--- Logic-based inheritance reasoning

11.45 Beatriz Lopez
--- Reactive planning through the integration of a case-based system
and a rule-based system

12.15 James Stone
--- Computer vision: what is the object?

12.45 LUNCH


Moffatt, Phaf, Frijda
--- Analysis of a model of emotions

Beaudoin, Sloman
--- A computational exploration of the attention control theory of
motivator processing and emotion

15.30 Bruce Katz
--- Musical resolution and musical pleasure

16.00 TEA & COFFEE

16.30 Reichgelt, Shadbolt et al.
--- EXPLAIN: on implementing more effective tutoring systems



                    FRIDAY 2ND APRIL (Morning)

09.00 * David Hogg (Leeds)
--- Prospects for computer vision

10.15 Elio, Watanabe
--- Simulating the interactive effects of domain knowledge and category
structure within a constructive induction system

10.45 TEA & COFFEE

11.15 Dalbosco, Armando
--- MRG an integrated multifunctional reasoning system

11.45 Bibby, Reichgelt
--- Modelling multiple uses of the same representation in SOAR1

12.15 Sam Steel
--- A connection between decision theory and program logic

12.45 Closing Session and award of Prize. 

13.00 LUNCH 


Workshop 1:	Connectionism, Cognition and a New AI

Organiser:	Dr Noel Sharkey  (Exeter)

Committee:	Andy Clark (Sussex)
		Glyn Humphreys (Birmingham)
		Kim Plunkett (Oxford)

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