(SRI International). The EAAI- 18 symposium was
cochaired by Eric Eaton (University of Pennsylvania,
USA) and Michael Wollowski (Rose-Hulman Institute
of Technology, USA).
The purpose of the AAAI conference is to promote
research in artificial intelligence and to encourage
scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in affiliated disciplines.
AAAI- 18 had a diverse technical track, student
abstracts, poster sessions, invited speakers, tutorials,
workshops, and exhibit and competition programs,
all selected according to the highest reviewing standards. AAAI- 18 welcomed submissions on mainstream AI topics, as well as novel crosscutting work in
related areas. IAAI- 18 and EAAI- 18 were independent
programs held under the AAAI- 18 umbrella.
The surge in public interest in AI technologies that
we’ve seen over the past few years continued in
2017–2018 with stories of AI R&D initiatives filling
the newswires, and with the societal and economic
impact of AI a point of public and government dis-
cussion worldwide. AAAI- 18 saw a similar surge in
interest, with submissions and attendance numbers
breaking the records set in 2017. AAAI- 18 continued
its tradition of attracting top-quality papers from the
breadth of AI. In 2018, we were excited to see increas-
es in submissions across all areas and especially in
computer vision and natural language processing,
mirroring the worldwide increase in R&D activities
related to machine learning and deep learning.
The AAAI- 18 program consisted of a core technical
program of original research presentations. It addi-
tionally featured a broad range of tutorials, work-
shops, invited talks and panels, student abstracts,
What’s Hot talks from specialized AI conferences, a
debate, and presentations by senior members. The
program was rounded out by technical demonstra-
tions, exhibits, the AI job fair, the student outreach
program, and a game night. AAAI- 18 continued its
tradition of colocating with the long-running IAAI
conference and the EAAI symposium.
This year AAAI- 18 featured the first Oxford-style
debate, addressing the controversial statement
AAAI- 18 Cochair Sheila McIlraith.