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Emanuelle Burton holds a Ph.D. in religion and literature
from the University of Chicago and is currently a postdoc in
the University of Kentucky’s Department of Computer Sci-
ence. Together with Judy Goldsmith and Nicholas Mattei,
she is writing a textbook for a science fiction–based course
in computer ethics (having coauthored several papers on
the subject with Goldsmith and Mattei). She has published
articles on several different works of fantasy literature, and
is completing a book on the Chronicles of Narnia.
Judy Goldsmith is a professor of computer science at the
University of Kentucky. She introduced a course, Science
Fiction and Computer Ethics, and she, Emanuelle Burton,
and Nicholas Mattei are currently working on a textbook for
the course. She is an award-winning teacher and has
received national recognition as a mentor from AAAS and
the Computing Research Association. She works on computational decision making, including computational preference handling, planning under uncertainty, and computational social choice, as well as computational complexity.
Sven Koenig is a professor of computer science at the University of Southern California. Most of his research centers
on techniques for decision making (planning and learning)
that enable single situated agents (such as robots or decision-support systems) and teams of agents to act intelligently in their environments and exhibit goal-directed
behavior in real time, even if they have only incomplete
knowledge of their environment, imperfect abilities to
manipulate it, limited or noisy perception, or insufficient
reasoning speed. Additional information about Koenig can
be found on his webpages ( idm-lab.org).
Benjamin Kuipers joined the University of Michigan in
January 2009 as a professor of computer science and engineering. Prior to that, he held an endowed professorship in
computer sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He
received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D.
from MIT. He investigates the representation of commonsense and expert knowledge, with particular emphasis on
the effective use of incomplete knowledge. His research
accomplishments include developing the TOUR model of
spatial knowledge in the cognitive map, the QSIM algorithm for qualitative simulation, the Algernon system for
knowledge representation, and the Spatial Semantic Hierarchy model of knowledge for robot exploration and mapping. He has served as department chair at the University of
Texas at Austin and is a Fellow of AAAI, IEEE, and AAAS.
Nicholas Mattei is a research staff member in the Cognitive
Computing Group at the IBM TJ Watson Research Laboratory. His primary research focus is in artificial intelligence
and helping computers and humans make good (and ethical!) decisions using all the tools and data they can. Mattei
was formerly a senior researcher at Data61 and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation;
an adjunct lecturer at the University of New South Wales
Australia; and a programmer and embedded electronics
designer for nanosatellites at NASA Ames Research Center.
He received his Ph.D., MS, and BS from the University of
Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence.
He was recently named in the inaugural Knowledge Nation
100, the one hundred “rock stars” of Australia’s digital revolution. He is a guest professor at TU Berlin, a professor of
artificial intelligence at the University of New South Wales,
and leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61,
Australia’s Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He has
been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award. He
has previously held research positions in England, Scotland,
France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Sweden.
Interesting in Hosting
AAAI, in cooperation with the ICWSM Steering
Committee, is currently seeking proposals for a
host city for the Thirteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM- 19). The
conference is typically held Monday through
Thursday during the timeframe of mid-May
through mid-June. Final selection of a site will be
made by August 2017.
Note: ICWSM- 18 will be held at Stanford University
in Palo Alto.
For more information about proposal requirements, please write to icwsm19@aaai. org.