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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Funding Opportunities in Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence

Contact: Savas Konur,

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) is a nonprofit, scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behaviour and their simulation and embodiment in computers and other artefacts. 

One specific objective of the Society is to promote public understanding of AI. To do so, the AISB is funding projects, activities and events that will raise awareness of, and encourage interest in, AI. Projects may be about advances in AI at its most fundamental level, or about technological, philosophical or ethical dimensions of current research. 

Projects may be addressed towards a specific sector of society, or may have general appeal. Ideas for activities include but are not limited to: an exhibition of one or more intelligent systems, a competition, a caf scientifique, a public lecture/discussion/debate. An activity directed at school pupils at any level would be most welcome. A proposed activity can have any mix of the virtual and the face-to-face: at one extreme it could be delivered entirely through the web, at the other it could be entirely face-to-face and web-free.

We emphasize that AISB embraces a very wide range of activities. Therefore PUAI proposals need not be limited to the core of AI, but may include (amongst other topics): Communication; Social Intelligence; Ambient Intelligence;  Animal Intelligence; creative use of computers in Music and the Visual Arts; and Biographical/historical accounts. The AI content of the proposal, however, must be clear. Imaginative use of media is encouraged, and we are open to all possibilities: lectures, books, magazines, pamphlets, radio, television, film, theatre, the Internet, new media, performance.

Funds, up to a value of 2000, will be for all or for part of a proposal. PUAI sponsorship may be used in conjunction with PU project funding from other sources if those sources allow it.

Copyright: AISB reserves the right to use artifacts from the project for its own (non-commercial) purposes. Ownership will remain with the creator.

Acknowledgment: We ask that AISB be credited prominently as a sponsor.

Deadline: Application forms (below) should be emailed to Savas Konur,, by 30 MAY 2011.

Kind regards,

Savas Konur
AISB Public Understanding Officer




Institution(s) (if appropriate):

Name of project, event, activity:

Description (500 words; please make clear the objectives of the proposal, how it would advance the public understanding of AI and why AISB support is needed in order to achieve the desired outcomes):

Funds requested:

Will this project be solely funded by AISB (if not wholly funded, state what other funding is being sought)?

Mechanisms for acknowledging AISB sponsorship:

Track record of applicant(s) (500 words):