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AISB miscellaneous Bulletin Item

Election of new AISB Chair

Mark Bishop has announced that he will be standing down as Chair at the time of the AISB-50 
convention in April.  The Constitution provides that the new Chair should be selected from the 
elected members of the Committee.  There has been one candidate, Berndt "Bertie" Muller, who is 
now declared Chair-elect and will formally assume office during the Convention.  Bertie has 
provided a statement of his vision for the future of the Society, which is appended below.

Mission Statement - AISB Chair
There are a number of areas of engagement that the AISB's long-term success and reputation 
greatly rely upon. We need to focus on these for the next few years to increase our membership 
base and to continue to influence decision making in politics and to serve the public by making 
our expertise available where appropriate.
The main areas I would like us to concentrate on are
 being a catalyst of critical discussion and understanding in our fields of expertise;
continuing support of students' conference travel;
influencing curricular developments in schools and universities;
establishing links with industry;
encouraging interdisciplinary thinking.
To achieve these goals, we must continuously strive to find new ways of engagement. Some ideas 
Annual sponsorship by an industrial partner or university: this could include having the partner 
mentioned on all AISB publications of that year, e.g. the Q, posters, web announcements. Members 
of the sponsoring institution could be granted access to the members-only section of the web site, 
could sign up for the email bulletins, and be eligible to AISB member discounts.
Webcasts and media presence
Use of modern communication channels to promote the society. E.g., webcasts of public lectures 
and a special annual public lecture, possibly held at the year's sponsor's premises.
Public understanding and curricular developments
Publication of fact sheets (in the form of attractively designed PDF pamphlets) for use by schools 
and universities, but also for public understanding. These could make us visible across the borders
of traditional AI centres. Increased public awareness could also attract new members. We already 
have some material available on our web site that we can use as a starting point. Possible topics 
Turing Test
Alan Turing
Games AI
AI and the Arts
Swarm Intelligence
AI and the Mind
I simulate thinking, therefore I am?
Natural Language Recognition
Automated Negotiation
AI Agents
Neural Networks
Knowledge-Based Systems
Computers and emotion
Mobile App
To further promote the objectives of the society, we need to use popular channels, such as mobile 
device apps. An AISB mobile app could provide members with easy access to:
 Members' section
Convention info
Workshop info
Q access
Electronic publications
Another idea would be to make the electronic version of the Q available on the iOS Newsstand and 
similar publication platforms. Hereby, we can potentially reach a large audience that would 
otherwise not have become aware of the society and to which we would not otherwise have easy access.
Although some of these goals are rather ambitious, I strongly believe that the society needs to
keep up with the times in order not to look dated and to be recognised as a serious promoter of 
all aspects of AI, cognition, philosophy, and neighbouring areas. Paving the way to a transition 
of the AISB as we have known it for many years to a modern society with a strong presence that 
can have an impact nationally and internationally is a challenge. Remaining true to our history 
and tradition in this transition is even more challenging. I am prepared to serve the society as 
Chairman and to take up these challenges together with the members of the committee.

Dr Berndt "Bertie" Mller 
Member of the AISB Committee since December 2007 
Treasurer of the AISB since January 2009