ety Conference (FLAIRS- 30) took place May 22–24,
2017, in Marco Island, Florida, USA. It attracted 192
participants from 20 countries, with about one-third
coming from outside the United States. The program
included a general session with many excellent
papers spanning a broad range of AI research areas
and comprising traditional topics such as machine
learning, reasoning, and optimization. Seventeen
special tracks with several outstanding papers supplemented the program, bringing breadth to the general session. An integral part of the conference, the special tracks, are intended to provide researchers
working in similar areas the opportunity to meet and
to present work in those areas. These focused sessions
also offer forums for interactions among a broader
community of AI researchers. The special tacks program included sessions and papers on AI and Cyber-Security, AI in Games, Serious Games, and Multimedia, AI in Health-Care Informatics, Applications of
Artificial Intelligence in Business and Industry,
Applied Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence for Big Social Data Analysis, Autonomous
Robots and Agents, Case-Based Reasoning, Data Mining, Learning from Heterogeneous Data Analytics,
Intelligent Learning Technologies, Intelligent Support for Decision Making, Natural Language Processing of Ancient and Other Low-Resource Languages,
Nonclassical Logic, Recommender Systems, Semantic
/ Logics / Information Extraction and AI, and Uncertain Reasoning.
The call for papers attracted 199 submissions, 55 to
the general conference and 144 to the special tracks,
and 26 poster abstracts. The accepted submissions
included 103 full papers, 30 from the general conference and 73 from the special tracks, 36 short papers
presented as posters, and 25 poster abstracts that
appeared in the proceedings. The best paper award
went to Thomas E. Allen, Cory Siler, and Judy Goldsmith for Learning Tree-Structured CP-Nets with
Local Search. The best student paper was awarded to
Yanbing Xue and Milos Hauskrecht for Robust Learning of Classification Models from Noisy Soft-Label
Information. The best poster award was presented to
Deya Banisakher, Naphtali Rishe, Mark Finlayson,
and Ivanka Marinovic for their paper A Supervised
Classification Approach to Predicting Knee Pain
Improvement in Osteoarthritis Patients.
The conference featured a stimulating set of invit-
ed talks by three distinguished speakers. Thomas G.
Dietterich from Oregon State University gave a talk
titled Robust Artificial Intelligence: Why and How.
Jiawei Han of University of Illinois at Urbana – Cham-
paign talked about Mining Structures from Massive
Text Data: A Data-Driven Approach. James Allen of
Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition
(IHMC) and the University of Rochester talk was
titled Towards Broad-Coverage Deep Language
Understanding. In addition, the special track invited
speakers were David Traum from the University of
Southern California, Institute for Creative Technolo-
gies, whose talk was titled Using Dialogue System
Technology to Support Interactive History Learning;
Guy Van den Broeck from the University of California
at Los Angeles who gave a presentation on Open-
World Probabilistic Databases; Kyle Johnson of
Accenture who spoke on Dead languages Reborn in
Assembly: NLP for Ancient Traditions; and David Aha
of Navy Research Laboratory whose talk was titled
Case-Based Goal Reasoning.
The next FLAIRS conference (FLAIRS- 31) will be
held May 21–23, 2018, in Melbourne, Florida, USA.
Information about FLAIRS- 31, including the call for
papers, is available online. 1
1. See www.flairs-31.info.
Vasile Rus is the William Duanavant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis. His research areas
are natural language processing, interactive systems, and
data science. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zdravko Markov is a professor of computer science at Central Connecticut State University. His research areas are
machine learning, data and web mining, and AI education.
His email address is email@example.com.
Ingrid Russell is a professor of computer science at the University of Hartford. Her research interests are in the areas of
machine learning, data mining, and computer science education. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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