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...


Lighthill Debates

The Lighthill debates from 1973 are now available on YouTube. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video  



AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Fully Funded PhD Positions in AI, Edinburgh,SCOTLAND


I have funding for a UK-fundable PhD studentship, in one of two areas, to start in September 2014.

The two research areas are:

*  The Reformation Algorithm for Conceptual Change in Knowledge Representation

    Reformation is a new, general-purpose algorithm for conceptual change in ontologies and 
other logical theories. It uses a modified unification algorithm to either blocked unwanted 
inferences or unblock wanted, but failed ones. It suggests changes to the language of the ontology.

*  Guesstimation: Mining the Web to Infer Approximate Answers to Numerical Questions

    Guesstimation is the technique of estimating approximate answers to numerical questions. 
GORT is an interactive guesstimation web service that combines proof planning (to work out what 
information must be combined to answer a question) with Semantic Web search (to find this 
information). It has been applied, for instance, to guesstimate questions about renewable energy, 
e.g., How much would it cost to meet the UKs entire electricity requirements from solar panels?.

    More information on these two projects, including how to apply, can be found by following the links above.

    Full funding of fees and maintenance is available for UK-fundable students, i.e., either UK 
national,  EU national who has been resident in the UK for 3 years, or Non-EU students with 
permanent residency or citizenship in addition to having ordinarily lived in the UK/EU for three 
years (not including for study purposes). The deadline for applications is 16th February. 

    If you are interested in one of these PhD positions and would like to find out more, please 
contact me at asap.