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

Postdoctoral Position in Human Robot Interaction, QATAR

The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow positions in NLP/Human
Robot Interaction. The position will be based on the Qatar campus
within the Qri8 Robotics lab, which includes collaboration with the
Pittsburgh campus and potential travel between the two. The research
will be conducted under the supervision of Prof. Majd
F. Sakr. Candidates are also encouraged to explore research ideas on
top and beyond the project description. The position provides
significant opportunities for professional development.

The project involves enhancing the nature of interactions, within a
multicultural environment, with a bi-lingual Robot
Receptionist. Applicants are expected to have an understanding of:

  ?  Good math background (probability/statistics)
  ?  Semantic language parsing and user interaction modeling
  ?  Ability to write, maintain and debug clean code; preferably in C, C++,
     and Python, in a Linux enviornment

Basically, most of these keywords should mean something to you:
supervised/unsupervised learning, chunking and parsing, IPC/sockets,
Stanford parser, named-entity detection, Linguistic Data Consortium,
C++/STL/Boost, WordNet, tcpdump, netcat, anophora resolution.

We want an NLP star who can do 1) the bi-lingual aspects (standard
arabic, english) 2) develop the treebanks/corpora to grow and train
the new version of the parsing/machine learning tools. 3) Candidate can
help with culture-specific language models for semantic disambiguation
and 4) Write code.

This posting will stay open until filled. Early expressions of 
interest are encouraged.