humans they are planning and interacting with into
account as they engage with them.
The program had the authors of peer-reviewed
papers discussing ideas ranging from using neural
networks, knowledge graphs, and discourse trees to
generate conversation, to their applications in scheduling meetings, working within the financial industry, and learning when to speak. The discussion was
wide ranging and generated many questions. The day
ended with an engaging panel, moderated by Kartik
Talamadupula (IBM Research) and including all the
invited speakers, on the challenges inherent in wide-scale adoption of chatbots to help those in need
(children, the elderly, or the physically challenged).
Talamadupula noted that chatbots are equally relevant for and important to those segments of society
traditionally not targeted. Further, building default
behavioral assumptions into a chatboat may create
issues or missed opportunities, such as a preference
in some populations for short conversation or using
informal language. Panelists debated the nature and
category of the disadvantaged and the pros and cons
of having a single agent for all or personalized agents
for each, along with associated costs.
Biplav Srivastava, Susanne Biundo, Ullas Nambiar,
and Imed Zitouni served as cochairs of the workshop.
This report was prepared by Biplav Srivastava. The
workshop papers were published in the AAAI digital
Statistical Modeling of
Natural Software Corpora
The Statistical Modeling of Natural Software Corpora
workshop was cochaired by Prem Devanbu (Univer-
sity of California, Davis) and William Cohen
(Carnegie-Mellon University). The organizers did not
provide a summary of the workshop for AI Magazine.
The workshop papers were included in the AAAI dig-
Bruno Bouchard is an associate professor at the Université
du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Kevin Bouchard is an assistant professor at the Université
du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Noam Brown is a doctoral student in computer science at
Carnegie Mellon University.
Niyati Chhaya is a computer scientist in the Big Data Experience Lab at Adobe Research, Bangalore.
Eitan Farchi is a researcher at IBM Research, Haifa Research
Sebastien Gaboury is an associate professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Christopher Geib is a principal researcher at Smart Information Flow Technologies.
Amelie Gyrard is a postdoc researcher at Kno.e.sis, Wright
Kokil Jaidka is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah Keren is a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University.
Roni Khardon is a professor in computer science at Tufts
Parisa Kordjamshidi is an assistant professor at Tulane University.
David Martinez is an associate division head at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Nicholas Mattei is a research staff member at IBM Research,
TJ Watson Research Center.
Martin Michalowski is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
Reuth Mirsky is a PhD candidate in the ISE Department at
Ben Gurion University.
Joseph Osborn is an assistant professor in the Computer
Science Department at Pomona College.
Cem Sahin is a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Onn Shehory is a professor at Bar Ilan University.
Arash Shaban-Nejad is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Amit Sheth is a computer scientist at Wright State University and executive director of Kno.e.sis.
Ilan Shimshoni is a professor at the University of Haifa.
Howie Shrobe is a research professor at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
Arunesh Sinha is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California.
Atanu R. Sinha is a principal scientist at Adobe Research,
Biplav Srivastava is a research staff member in the AI
Department at IBM Research, Yorktown Heights.
William Streilein is a group leader at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Georgios Theocharous is a senior research scientist at
Adobe Research, San Jose.
K. Brent Venable is an associate professor at Tulane University and IHMC.
Neal Wagner is a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln
Anna Zamansky is a senior lecturer in the Information Systems Department at the University of Haifa.