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 opportunities Bulletin Item

Two PhD Students on EU SIMBAD Project

Two PhD Students on  EU SIMBAD Project. 
SIMBAD is a 3 year EU FET (blue sky) project involving Delft Univerisity of Technology, ETH Zurich, IST Lisbon, University of Venice, 
University of Verona, and University of York. The overall project aim is to develop new methods 
for pattern analysis and machine learning based on potentially non-metric similarity data. 
York's contribution to the project will be the development of graph-based methods for the analysis of such data. We 
require one PhD student to work on the development of generative models for similarity data, and a second to work 
on spectral methods for the embedding and smoothing of similarity data. 
The positions are open to applicants from the EU. The project will cover both the stipend (GBP 12.5k or Eu16.5k per year 
for three years) and the tuition fees at the home/EU rate.  The project commences on 1st April 2008, and will involve some travel to the collaborating 
institutions. As a PhD student at York, you will join a flourishing group of 4 academic staff and 16 researchers. The group has 
an international reputation for its work in computer vision and pattern recognition, with a track record of high quality publication. 
Over the past 10 years the group has graduated some 25 PhD students. You will be supervised by either Professor Edwin Hancock 
or Dr Richard Wilson. 
Details of the research groups activities can be found at 
Informal enquiries can be made to either Edwin Hancock ( or Richard Wilson ( 
Application forms can be obtained from 
and should be returned indicating that you are applying to work on the SIMBAD 
project and naming Hancock and Wilson as potential supervisors. 
Edwin Hancock, 
Department of Computer Science,
University of York,
York YO10 5DD, UK.