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AAAI’s Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference was founded in 1989 to showcase the suc- cessful application of artificial intelligence technology
to real-world problems and its deployment into the hands
of end users. Since then, we have seen examples of AI
applied to domains as varied as medicine, education, manu-
facturing, transportation, user modeling, military opera-
tions, and citizen science. This year, the 2016 conference
continued the tradition with a selection of deployed appli-
cations describing systems in use by their intended end
users, emerging applications describing works in progress,
and challenge problem papers that discuss associated
research and development challenges in applying artificial
intelligence to real-world problems.
Our first article is based on the IAAI- 16 Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Lecture given by Reid G. Smith at AAAI/IAAI
2016 in honor of Bob Engelmore’s extraordinary service to
AAAI and his contributions to applied AI. The article Smith
and coauthor Joshua Eckroth later wrote is titled Building AI
Applications: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. It focuses on
changes in the world of computing over the last three
decades that made building AI applications more feasible.
The article also examines lessons learned during this time
(drawing from experiences that have been documented in
IAAI conference proceedings since 1989), and distills these
lessons into succinct advice for future application builders.
In the second article, PAWS — A Deployed Game-Theo-
retic Application to Combat Poaching, Fei Fang, Thanh H.
Nguyen, Rob Pickles, Wai Y. Lam, Gopalasamy R. Clements,
Bo An, Amandeep Singh, Brian C. Schwedock, Milind
Tambe, and Andrew Lemieux describe a deployed game-the-
oretic application for optimizing foot patrols to combat
poaching in Southeast Asia. The authors report on signifi-
cant evolution of PAWS from a proposed decision aid to a
regularly deployed application over the last two years. Key
technical advances that led to PAWS’s regular deployment
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Editorial Introduction to the Special Articles in the Spring Issue
Innovative Applications of
Artificial Intelligence 2016
Peter Z. Yeh and James Crawford
n This issue features expanded versions of
articles selected from the 2016 AAAI Conference on Innovative Applications of Artifcial
Intelligence held in Phoenix, Arizona. We
present a selection of three articles that
describe deployed applications, two articles
that discuss work on emerging applications,
and an article based on the 2016 Robert S.
Engelmore Memorial Lecture.