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AISB event Bulletin Item

The 2nd Towards a Comprehensive Intelligence Test (TCIT): Reconsidering the Turing Test for the 21st Century Symposium
Contact: Aladdin Ayesh,

At AISB2011 Convention York, UK 4th April 7th April 2011

2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the publication of Turings paper, in which he outlined his test for machine intelligence. Turing suggested that the possibility of genuine machine thought should be replaced by a simple behaviour-based process in which a human interrogator converses blindly with a machine and another human. Although the precise nature of the test has been debated, the standard interpretation is that if, after five minutes interaction, the interrogator cannot reliably tell which respondent is the human and which the machine then the machine can be qualified as a 'thinking machine'. Through the years, this test has become synonymous as 'the benchmark' for Artificial Intelligence in popular culture. 

New advances in cognitive sciences and consciousness studies suggest it may be useful to revisit this test, which has been done through number of symposiums and competitions. However, a consolidated effort has been attempted in 2010 in the first TCIT symposium. This symposium is a continuation on this effort in a three years project to revisit, debate, and reformulate (if possible) the Turing test into a comprehensive intelligence test, or suite of tests, that may more usefully be employed to evaluate 'machine intelligence' at the dawn of the 21st century.

Stage 2 of this project will give special focus on competitions that exist or planned to be evaluated and explored. Thus competition descriptions, evaluation and reflection, and demonstrations of systems will be considered for this symposium in addition to the standard papers. There will be separate guidelines for competition descriptions with possibility of funding available to be awarded to the top 3 competitions to run. Please contact the symposium chair for further information.

Submission deadline for all formats: 11 February 2011

Acceptance notification: 25 February 2011

Camera-ready copies: 11 March 2011

AISB Convention: 4 - 7 April 2011

Submission is through easychair web site:

Full research papers: up to 10 pages

Short Position papers: up to 4 pages

Posters: a single sheet, preferably A1 or A2 size.

System Demonstrations: descriptive A4 sheet and software.

Competition proposal: up to 2 pages, this should go beyond an extended abstract and specify the competition goals and give its operational details so it could be run if funding is awarded.

Competition performance, evaluation, or personal reflection reports: up to 2 pages.

Running a competition for demonstration: Please contact the symposium chair (Aladdin Ayesh: to agree on details and deadlines.