Bishop and AI news

Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world. This view is based on the ideology that all aspects of human mentality will eventually be realised by a program running on a suitable compu...


Connection Science

All individual members of The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour have a personal subscription to the Taylor Francis journal Connection Science as part of their membership. How to Acce...


Al-Rifaie on BBC

AISB Committee member and Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie was interviewed by the BBC (in Farsi) along with his colleague Mohammad Ali Javaheri Javid on the 6 November 2014. He was a...


Rose wins the Loebne...

After 2 hours of judging at Bletchley Park, 'Rose' by Bruce Wilcox was declared the winner of the Loebner Prize 2014, held in conjunction with the AISB.  The event was well attended, film live by Sky News and the special guest jud...


AISB Convention 2015

The AISB Convention is an annual conference covering the range of AI and Cognitive Science, organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. The 2015 Convention will be held at the Uni...


Yasemin Erden on BBC

AISB Committee member, and Philosophy Programme Director and Lecturer, Dr Yasemin J. Erden interviewed for the BBC on 29 October 2013. Speaking on the Today programme for BBC Radio 4, as well as the Business Report for BBC world N...


Mark Bishop on BBC ...

Mark Bishop, Chair of the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, appeared on Newsnight to discuss the ethics of ‘killer robots’. He was approached to give his view on a report raising questions on the et...


AISB YouTube Channel

The AISB has launched a YouTube channel: ( The channel currently holds a number of videos from the AISB 2010 Convention. Videos include the AISB round t...



AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: SARA '07: The Seventh International Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation and Approximation

SARA '07: The Seventh International Symposium on
           Abstraction, Reformulation and Approximation

                Whistler, Canada, July 18-21, 2007
 (organised in cooperation with AAAI and co-located with AAAI'07)

It has been recognised since the inception of Artificial Intelligence
that abstractions, problem reformulations and approximations (AR&A)
are central to human common-sense reasoning and problem solving and to
the ability of systems to reason effectively in complex domains. AR&A
techniques have been used in a variety of problem-solving settings,
including (but not limited to):

  * Automatic programming.
  * Automated reasoning.
  * Cognitive modelling.
  * Constraint programming.
  * Design.
  * Diagnosis.
  * Machine learning.
  * Model-based reasoning.
  * Planning.
  * Scheduling.
  * Search.
  * Theorem proving.
  * Tutoring.

The primary use of AR&A techniques in such settings has been to
overcome computational intractability by decreasing the combinatorial
costs associated with searching large spaces. In addition, AR&A
techniques are also useful for knowledge acquisition and explanation
generation in complex domains.

The aim of the symposium is to provide a forum for intensive
interaction among researchers in all areas of Artificial Intelligence
with an interest in the different aspects of AR&A techniques. The
diverse backgrounds of participants of previous symposia has led to a
rich and lively exchange of ideas, allowed the comparison of goals,
techniques and paradigms, and helped identify important research
issues and engineering hurdles. We expect that the upcoming symposium
will include an equally diverse group of participants.

Important Dates (provisional)

Submission:           March 11th
Notification:         April 18th
Final Versions:       May 18th

Please see the website for details and submission procedures.


Conference Chairs:      Ian Miguel, University of St Andrews, UK.
                      Wheeler Ruml, Palo Alto Research Center, USA.
Publicity Chair:        Karen Petrie, University of Oxford, UK.
Sponsorship Chair:      Peter Nightingale, University of St Andrews,

Programme Committee:

J. Christopher Beck     University of Toronto, Canada.
Berthe Choueiry         University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
Stefan Edelkamp         Universitat Dortmund, Germany.
Ariel Felner            Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
Alan Frisch             University of York, UK.
Hector Geffner          Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
Mike Genesereth         Stanford University, USA.
Fausto Giunchiglia      University of Trento, Italy.
Brahim Hnich            Izmir University, Turkey.
Daniel Kayser           Universite Paris-Nord, France.
Sven Koenig             University of Southern California, USA.
Michael Lowry           NASA, USA.
Peter Revesz            University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
Marie-Christine Rousset University of Grenoble, France.
Lorenza Saitta          Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Italy.
Bart Selman             Cornell University, USA.
Barbara Smith           Cork Constraint Computation Centre, Ireland.
Miroslav Velev          Carnegie Melon University, USA.
Toby Walsh              University of New South Wales, Australia.
Weixiong Zhang          Washington University, USA.
Rong Zhou               Palo Alto Research Center, USA.
Robert Zimmer           Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
Jean-Daniel Zucker      Universite Paris 6, France.