AISB 2013 Convention

AISB 2013 Convention at the University of Exeter

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We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to attend AISB 2013 convention from the 3rd to the 5th April 2013. This promises to be an exciting and stimulating convention, in an ideal location. The University has recently opened the £50 million forum development ( where the convention will take place, which is part of a £275 million redevelopment of the campus.   In addition, the City itself has excellent transport links with a mainline train station, an international airport and the M5 close by.  It also has some of the best natural scenery in the country (e.g. Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Jurassic Coast) on its doorstep with Cornwall and the Eden Project only 1hr 30mins away.

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Kind Regards,

AISB2013 Programme Committee


The Forum, University of Exeter



AISB 2014 Convention

AISB 2014 Convention at Goldsmiths, University of London

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AISB-50: a convention commemorating both 50 years since the founding of the society for the study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB) and sixty years since the death of Alan Turing, founding father of both Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, was held at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK from the 1st to the 4th April 2014. The convention followed the same overall structure as previous conventions, namely a set of co-located symposia. Typical symposia lasted for one or two days, and could include any type of event of academic benefit: talks, posters, panels, discussions, demonstrations, outreach sessions, etc. 

1st - 4th April 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 

Kind Regards,
AISB2014 Programme Committee

Visit AISB 2014 Convention website

Please find full proceedings here.

Goldsmiths, University of London 




Convention Organiser's Job Description


The organiser has overall responsibility for the convention program, local arrangements (including accommodation and facilities) and financial management. However, the organiser may choose to delegate local arrangements to an assistant, and program detail is mostly delegated to individual symposium organisers (see below). An important responsibility of the convention organiser is to arrange for an attractive set of invited plenary speakers.



The convention is a group of symposia all running more or less in parallel over a period of 4-5 days. Each symposium has its own convener who is in charge of that symposium's technical program.

The convention also features a number of plenary talks which run separately from the individual symposia.



The convention organiser should solicit proposals for symposia from the community. The AISB welcomes proposals from both UK and International figures and the convention organiser is encouraged to seek international organisers for some of the symposia. The convention organiser should recommend an appropriate choice of these proposals to the AISB committee who approve that choice.

Most symposia will run for 1 or 2 days so, in general, there will be several running in parallel at any one time.

The convention always also has some invited plenary speakers who are timetabled in periods when no symposia runs. In addition to these speakers, individual symposia may of course choose to have invited talks of their own, open only to participants in those symposia.

WARNING: We have a couple of times been bitten by plenary speakers charging for Business-class travel when the convention was budgeted on an understanding they would be travelling standard class. We would urge, therefore, organisers to be aware of this and make it clear, up front, when inviting speakers that the invitation is based on an understanding that they will travel economy class.

The AISB requires an opportunity during the convention for the Chair to make a welcome address to attendees.

The convention timetable must include time for the AGM of the AISB. This usually takes place in a lunch break and should not occur on the first or last days of the convention. The AGM should not occur in parallel with any other session. This is to ensure maximum possible attendance at the AGM. The meeting does not require more than 1 hour of time set aside for it.

Some time prior to the AGM (but not necessarily on the same day, and preferably at least half a day earlier) there is also a committee meeting of the society. This committee meeting serves as the AGM of the company associated with the society and is an important reporting occasion for committee officers, including the convention organiser. A small room should be made available somewhere for this. The committee meeting may take place in parallel with other sessions. The fellows of the AISB are also invited to this meeting so if a "fellows dinner" or other event to which they are invited is scheduled as part of the convention then the committee recommend that the committee meeting be timetabled immediately before this event.

The AISB offers a student prize. The format for this varies from year to year and should be agreed with the AISB committee.



The proposed budget and registration fees for the convention need to be ratified by the Society. The mechanism for this is that they should be submitted to the AISB Treasurer for approval in good time before the Convention. Detailed accounts should also be submitted to the Treasurer by an agreed date after the Convention.

An appropriate break-even point for the convention should be negotiated with the AISB Treasurer in advance. It is understood that any surplus will be handed over to the AISB funds after the convention. In return the AISB undertakes to underwrite the convention financially once the budget has been agreed. Any arrangements made with the host institution to provide conference facilities etc. should be made with this in mind (ie. the host institution should charge the convention explicitly for services, or agree a share of any surplus with the Treasurer, rather than expecting to receive any and all surplus). The AISB may, if necessary, advance cash to a convention in order to pay for upfront expenses such as room hire.

In general all individual symposium expenditure is covered by the convention. In general we advise that symposium invited speakers and symposium organisers are not offered expenses, free registration or accommodation since this can have a severe impact on the convention budget. However it is not unknown for a convention to offer each symposia a small budget (e.g., 100 UKP) which can be used for inviting speakers if so desired. If the convention organiser wishes to provide such a budget, free registration or accommodation then this should be shown in the budget submitted to the AISB Treasurer in advance. Whatever is decided it is important that it is made clear to symposia organisers at the time their proposal is accepted whether or not they can expect any kind of financial assistance towards speakers etc. This avoids unnecessary problems and misunderstandings later on.

In some cases symposia have an identity of their own outside the convention (eg., they might be events in a separate conference series. In this case the organisers may well wish to have a separately managed budget, in part at least. Such symposia are referred to as collocated symposia or workshops. The AISB has recommendations for how finances be managed in these cases which are available from the secretary ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The convention organiser is responsible for making sure that arrangements for the distribution of registration fees and payment for services are agreed with collocated workshops well in advance of the convention. The Committee may be able to provide help in negotiating a suitable agreement.

Registration is usually split into a number of categories, in particular providing different rates for students and for non-AISB members. As general rule registration for non-AISB members is usually set to be more expensive than registration for AISB members + the cost of joining (i.e., the differential pricing acts as an incentive to join the society). The registration form should therefore include an option for joining the Society and the convention organiser should then send the list of new members and a cheque covering their fees to the AISB administrative office (AISB Executive Office, CASA-Conference Services, School of Science and Technology, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QH). In recent years we have trialled "Category Two Registration" which includes "free membership" of the society at a reduced rate from standard registration. This has proved very successful and is currently the committee's preferred method for handling the joint registration+membership option.

People registering for the full convention will usually expect to receive two sets of proceedings for free and they should receive at least the proceedings for the symposium/a they register for.

Student helpers often receive discounts or free registration as does a student prepared to write a report for the Quarterly (this should be negotiated in conjunction with the Editor of the Quarterly who may have guidelines governing such reports).

The AISB has a Student Travel Award scheme and, in recent years, has been prepared to allocate several of these awards to the convention. The normal conditions for such awards are expected to apply, in particular that the student provide an article for AISBQ. In discussion with the editor of the AISBQ such an article can be an outline of the student's work (often more appropriate than a conference report when several awards are made to the same conference). In negotiation with the treasurer it may be possible to include "free membership" of the society with the award instead of requiring recipients to be members in advance. It is the society's preference that the awards are administered separately, through the society's processes rather than allocating funds directly to the convention however this can be negotiated with the treasurer.

If the organiser wishes or needs to, he/she may apply for grants or other types of sponsorship for the convention. In such cases the organiser has the responsibility for the process, but the Committee is willing to help by providing reports of past experience, copies of past grant proposals, contacts with sponsors, etc. In the past some convention organisers have successfully negotiated sponsorship or other assistance from their local government or tourist board and this may well be worth pursuing.

Eurospan Limited have expressed an interest in donating books as prizes at our events. Our current contact with Eurospan is Phillipa Rimmer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).



Usually the convention produces individual proceedings for each symposium, not a combined volume covering the whole convention. The convention organiser is responsible for the production of these proceedings.

Sample style files for symposium proceedings are available from the AISB committee web page though there is no requirement to use these. There is also a sample copyright transfer form. This was prepared by a lawyer for the AISB 2006 convention and gives the AISB the right put the proceedings on our web pages and to grant permission for reprinting of the material to third parties. At the same time individual authors to retain the right to re-publish the material themselves elsewhere as they chose. It is necessary that all material that appears on the society web pages and in published proceedings be covered by this transfer or something similar.

ISBN numbers for these proceedings can be obtained from the Society Publications officer. There are required formats which must be followed for the index pages of each volume and a copy of each must be lodged with the British Library. The AISB Publications Officer can provide the necessary details. The cost of printing should be met through the convention budget.

The convention organiser should also liaise with the Editors of the AISBJ about producing a special issue for convention papers. Individual symposium chairs can then nominate their best papers for inclusion in this special issue, although these will have to go though the AISBJ's own refereeing process.

The convention organiser should ensure that the AISB has the right to distribute these proceedings through the AISB website and to grant permission for diagrams etc. to be used in other works if relevant. Appropriate copyright transfer wording is available from the committee website.



The convention organiser is responsible for all aspects of publicising the event.

The original call for proposals should be sent (at the very least) to the AISB administrative office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for inclusion in the Weekly Bulletin. The convention organiser is also advised to publicise this widely in other appropriate places.

Symposium organisers should be encouraged to publicise their individual symposium as they deem appropriate. A general email call for participation should also be issued by the convention organiser and sent (at the very least) to the AISB administrative office for inclusion in the Weekly Bulletin. The convention organiser is also advised to publicise this widely in other appropriate places.

The convention organiser should also provide a website publicising the convention. The AISB is happy to provide web space for this on their website, this should be arranged through the AISB webmaster. Alternatively organisers can set up a separate site in which case details (the URL) should be sent to the AISB webmaster. Examples of previous convention web pages can be viewed from the AISB web site (under Convention). The website should include links to any websites for the individual symposia, and should, at the appropriate moment, include titles and abstracts for the invited plenary talks (especially as there is no overall proceedings). It is our experience that information about travel and accomodation should go up as early as possible on this website, certainly by the time symposium bids are solicited since it may prove important for symposium organisers.

The AISB strongly recommends that symposia organisers contact the learned societies representing disciplines related to AI, such as Psychology and Philsophy and advertise the calls for symposia, papers etc. on relevant mailing lists or in newsletters associated with those societies. In return links to those societies could be placed on the convention web site.


Social Events

The program must include a substantial morning break, lunch break and afternoon break each (full) day, partly in order to facilitate discussion. Suitable light refreshments should be provided in the morning and afternoon breaks and should be covered by the registration fee. Lunch is sometimes covered by the registration fee but this need not be the case. Similarly lunch is sometimes provided as a separately catered event for convention guests only, sometimes provided by the host institution's existing cafeteria services and sometimes simply left as a free period in which guests may make whatever arrangements suit them.

It is unusual for there to be any sort of organised excursion but there is no reason in principle why one should not be included. Many symposia will organise their own meal at a local restaurant one evening but convention organisers may also wish to organise a convention meal for an additional fee.


Other Responsibilities

The convention organiser will be co-opted to the AISB committee for a period of two years - the year leading up to and the year immediately after the convention. There are three/four meetings of this committee each year. In their second year they are expected to liaise with the incoming convention organiser and help in answering any queries they may have.

The convention organiser is encouraged to contact the British Science Association (who organise the British Science Festival and Science Week) and similar organisations for material that might be placed in convention packs and the like. The AISB committee is keen to draw members attention to public understanding opportunities and these seems like a good mechanism.

The committee would be grateful if the convention organiser could submit any documents (calls for proposals, style files, etc.) to the webmaster for inclusion as samples on the AISB web site.

The convention organiser is responsible for reviewing this document at the end of their tenure and recommending any changes in the light of their experience. Such amendments should be communicated to the Society Secretary. They should also send the Secretary details of their registration costs and attendance figures (preferably broken down to show numbers of early/late, student/non-student and member/non-member registrations).


Past Convention Details


Registration Costs and Numbers
Past Convention Details
            AISB member             Non-member
            Student     Non-student Student     Non-student
            Early Late  Early Late  Early Late  Early Late
1 day       11    11     9    17     2           5     5
2 days      11     3     5     5     1     3     1     3
3 days             4    11     2
4 days      13     1     6     2     1
So, we had 61 students in the 132 that we know about. That's 46% which
one might extrapolate to imply that 86 of the overall 186 were students.
Summary stats which might be useful to future organisers are -
Convention Duration in days: 4
Number of Symposia: 12
Number of 1-day Symposia: 7
Number of 2-day Symposia: 5
Total Registrants: 186
Total Registrant Days: 393
Average number of days per registrant: 393/186 = 2.1
Average number of registrants per day: 393/4 = 98.25
Student Registrants: 61/132 = 46%
Early Registrants: 76/132 = 58%
New Members (joining during registration): 93/186 = 50%
The cost of registration in previous years at the convention is as
               Category 1 (member)   Category 2 (joining)  Category 3 (non-members)
               Student    Ordinary   Student    Ordinary   Student    Ordinary
               Early Late Early Late Early Late Early Late Early Late Early Late
2008 (1 day)   40    50   60    70   55    65   95    105  70    80   110   120 
2008 (2 days)  70    80   115   125  85    95   150   160  100   110  165   175
2008 (3 days)  105   120  170   190  120   135  205   225  135   150  220   240
2008 (4 days)  140   155  210   240  155   170  245   275  170   180  260   290
               AISB Member                AISB non-member
               Student      Non-Student   Student     Non-student
               Early  Late  Early  Late   Early Late  Early Late
2009 (1 day)   66     83    88     110    96    129   128   160
2009 (2 days)  125    157   167    209    182   228   243   304
2009 (3 days)  178    223   238    297    259   324   346   432
2009 (Full)    218    272   290    363    317   396   422   528
2005 (2 days)  115    135   170    205    135   155   210   245
2005 (Full)    140    160   195    230    160   180   235   270
2004 (1 day)   60     85    100    135    80    110   150   185
2004 (2 days)  80     100   135    170    100   124   185   220
2004 (Full)    130    145   185    220    150   170   235   270
2003 (1 day)   40     60    85     125    60    80    135   175
2003 (2 days)  60     70    120    155    80    90    165   195
2003 (Full)    70     80    135    175    90    100   195   225
2001                  60           100          75          120
2000           80     90    135    170    87    97    135   145


Previous attendance and registration numbers

2008      169  49 (speakers, helpers, press & travel award recipients - i.e., non-paying)

2003      147  49 (student)


Previous Symposia and their Organisers


The Reign of Catz and Dogz; The second AISB symposium on the role of virtual creatures in a computerised society - Shaun Lawson (Lincoln) and Thomas Chesney (Nottingham)

Affective Language in Human and Machine - Chris Mellish (Aberdeen)

Persuasive Technology - Judith Masthoff (Aberdeen), Chris Reed (Dundee) and Florian Grasso (Liverpool)

Behaviour Regulation in Multi-agent Systems - Nir Oren (King's, London)

Brain Computer Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction - Slawomir Nasuto and Faustina Hwang (Reading)

Agent Cognitive Ability and Orders of Emergence - Chris Goldspink and Nigel Gilbert (Surrey)

Style in text: creature generation and identification of authorship - Rodger Kibble and Sarah Rauchas (Goldsmiths)

Intelligence Agents and Services for Smart Environments - Flavio Soares Correa da Silva (Sao Paulo) and Stefania Bandini (Milano-Bicocca)

Logic and the Simulation of Interaction and Reasoning - Benedikt Lowe (Amsterdam)

Multimodal Output Generation (MOG 2008)

Swarm Intelligence Algorithms and Applications - Aladdin Ayesh (De Montfort)

Computing and Philosophy - Peter Baumann (Aberdeen), Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths), Luciano Floridi (Hertfordshire) and Steve Torrance (Middlesex)

AISB Annual Convention

Each year, AISB organises a convention consisting of parallel symposia covering various topics.

If you would like to chair future AISB conventions, then please contact the society chair.

If you would like to obtain proceedings from any of these conventions, then we have some Convention Proceedings but these can also be purchased as print versions. Please contact the AISB Secretary for more details.

The Convention Organisers' Handbook can be accessed here.

AISB 2018

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation for Behaviour (AISB) is soliciting proposals for symposia to be held at the AISB 2018 convention.


The longest running convention on Artificial Intelligence, AISB 2018 will be held at the University of Liverpool, chaired by Floriana Grasso and Louise Dennis. As in the past years, AISB 2018 will provide a unique forum for presenting cutting edge research and burning issues around all areas of AI. The theme for this year is “AI for the Digital Society”. 


Convention Format

The convention will consist of parallel symposia, and will run from April 4th to April 6th 2018. Symposia will typically span half a day or one day; where the number of high quality submissions is high, a symposium will last more than one day. We welcome and encourage synergies among multiple symposia: where relevant, and depending on the number of submissions, symposia may be merged for a more efficient use of locations. 

Participants are encouraged to stay for the entire convention, and attend plenary keynotes and common social activities. One day registration fees will however be offered. Remote participation via video is discouraged unless full virtual participation can be arranged and full attendance fees paid. Organisers are otherwise offered considerable leeway in the structure of their meetings, but they are required to both provide and conform to a published schedule to facilitate movement between symposia. Symposia can include any type of event of academic benefit: talks, posters, panels, performances, discussions, demonstrations, outreach sessions, etc.


Proposing a symposium

Organisers interested in holding a symposium at AISB 2018 are invited to submit a Proposal including:

  • A symposium title.
  • A 300-1000 word description of the scope of the symposium and its relevance to the convention, along with the nature of the academic events (talks, posters, panels, demonstrations, etc.).Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Computational Intelligence
    • Cognitive Phenomena such as Consciousness, Emotions, and Trust
    • Human and Machine Creativity
    • Human-Robot Collaboration
    • Simulation of Human and Animal Behaviour
    • Machine Ethics
    • Machine Learning and/or Knowledge Representation
    • AI for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Robots and Human Mental Health
    • Robots and Human Sexuality
    • Technical Mediation of Robust Communities
    • Modelling Cultural Evolution
    • Simulating Socio Technical Systems
    • AI, sensors and virtual reality
  • The organising committee (names, affiliations, contact details, previous experience in organising research meetings, if applicable).
  • Indication of whether the symposium is intended as a sequel to a previously held symposium or series of symposia at AISB or other events.
  • The proposed call for papers or abstracts, including the format of submissions that will be solicited (e.g. abstract, demo, poster, full/short papers, panels), the review model for accepting the contributions for presentation, and the proposed relevant dates. For reference, typically submission deadlines are late December; acceptance / revision requests are normally notified by February. 
  • In addition, please include:
    • Your preferences about the intended length of the symposium as a number of days (preferably one or two, but anything from half a day to three), together with a brief justification, including the number of anticipated presentations and other participants.
    • Indication, if known already, or applicable, of invited speakers or panelists.
    • If possible, names and affiliations of the preliminary programme committee (please indicate whether they have agreed, even provisionally).

Proposers are welcome to submit–or otherwise be involved with–more than one proposal. Proposers (and attendees) need not already be members of the AISB and will not be required to become members, but will have the opportunity to join should they wish to. The format of submissions is defined by the organisers of the individual symposia, but any final papers or abstracts for the proceedings should conform to the AISB style available from the AISB web page. Chairs or individual authors may decide whether to publish their papers in an archival format; proceedings will have an ISSN provided by AISB, but may contain a mix of abstracts and full papers as suits the publication needs of the individual symposia or their authors.


Important dates

Deadline for symposium proposals: 15th September 2017

Notification to proposers of accepted symposia: 30th September 2017

Final papers delivered for the (online) proceedings: 16th March 2018 - THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE

Convention 4th-6th April 2018, depending on the number of symposia. There may be a day of workshops or tutorials immediately before the convention (3rd April 2018).


Completed proposals should be submitted to the committee via EasyChair at


Main contact:

Floriana Grasso

Department of Computer Science

University of Liverpool 

floriana at liverpool dot ac dot uk

AISB 2018 website: 


Past Conventions

AISB 2017

The AISB'17 Convention was held at the University of Bath, UK, from 18th-21st April 2017.


AISB 2016

The AISB'16 Convention was held at the University of Sheffield, UK, from 4-6th April 2016.


AISB 2015

The AISB'15 Convention was held  at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, from 20-22nd April 2015.


AISB 2014

The AISB'14 Convention was held at Goldsmiths, University of London, 1st-4th April 2014. 

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the AISB as well as 60 years since the death of Alan Turing.

Go to publications to download the convention proceedings.


AISB 2013

The AISB'13 Convention was held at the University of Exeter, 3rd-5th April 2013. 


AISB 2012

The AISB'12 Convention (in the form of the AISB/IACAP World Congress) was organized by John Barnden, Tony Beavers and Manfred Kerber at the University of Birmingham, 2nd-6th July 2012. 


AISB 2011

The AISB'11 Convention was organised by Dimitar Kazakov and George Tsoulas at the University of York, 4th - 7th April 2011. 


The AISB'10 Convention was organised by Aladdin Ayesh at De Montfort University in Leicestershire, 29th March - 1st April 2010. 


The AISB'09 Convention was be organised by Nick Taylor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, 6th-9th April 2009. Its theme is Adaptive and Emergent Behaviour and Complex Systems. 


The AISB'08 Convention was organised by Frank Guerin and Wamberto Vasconcelos at the University of Aberdeen, 1st-4th April 2008. Its theme was Communication, Interaction and Social Intelligence. 


AISB 2007

The AISB'07 Convention was organised by Patrick Olivier and Christian Kray at the University of Newcastle, 2nd-5th April 2007. Its theme was Artificial and Ambient Intelligence. 


The AISB'06 Convention was organised by Tim Kovacs and James Marshall at the University of Bristol, 3rd-6th April 2006. Its theme was Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems. 


AISB 2005

The AISB'05 Convention, the theme of which was Social Intelligence and Interaction in Animals, Robots and Agent was held at the University of Hertfordshire, April 2005 and was organised by Kerstin Dautenhahn. 

Go to publications to download the convention proceedings.

The AISB'04 Convention, the theme of which was Motion, Emotion and Cognition, took place in March/April 2004 at The University of Leeds and was organised by Kia Ng. 


The AISB'03 Convention, the theme of which was Cognition in Machines and Animals. This took place in April 2003 at The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was organised by Mark Lee.

The AISB'02 Convention, the theme of which was Logic, Language and Learning. This took place in April 2002 at Imperial College, London, and was organised by Jim Cunningham and Jeremy Pitt.

The AISB'01 Convention, the theme of which was Agents and Cognition. This took place in March 2001 at the University of York, and was organised by Simon Colton and Eduardo Alonso.

The AISB'00 Convention, the theme of which was Artificial Intelligence and Society. This took place in March 2000 at Birmingham University, and was organised by John Barnden and Mark Lee.

AISB 1999 The AISB'99 Convention, the theme of which was Creativity. This took place in March, 1999 and was jointly hosted by the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art. It was organised by Geraint Wiggins, Helen Pain and Andrew Patrizio.

AISB Associated Events

The AISB Convention

Each year, AISB organises a convention consisting of parallel symposia covering various topics. Each convention has a theme and many of the symposia cover topics related to that theme, although we always welcome symposia discussing any aspect of Artificial Intelligence or Cognitive Science. For more information about future and past conventions please see our Convention Page

If you would like to chair future AISB conventions, then please contact the society chair.

If you would like to obtain proceedings from any of these conventions, then we have some Convention Proceedings but also please contact the Publications Officer about purchasing back issues of the AISBQ or Convention Proceedings.

Public Debates, Exhibitions and Lectures

  • Computer Generated Artworks Exhibition
  • AISB-SGAI Evening Lectures
  • Artificial Intelligence: in your life today at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, July, 2005.

Sponsored Conferences, Workshops and Tutorials

  • Bundy Symposium
  • Conferences on Intelligent Computer Mathematics
  • IJCAI Tutorial on Representation and Learning in Robots and Animals and tutorial booklet.