Archive for the ‘conference reports’ category


Judea Pearl’s Turing Award Lecture at AAAI-12

August 2nd, 2012
Douglas Fisher, Vanderbilt University

Judea Pearl received the 2011 ACM A. M. Turing Award "for fundamental contributions to artificial intelligence through the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning." In this guest post, Douglas Fisher, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt, summarizes Pearl's Turing Award Lecture, delivered at last week's AAAI Conference. Professor Pearl ...

Solving the Turing Test by 2029?

July 6th, 2012
Ray Kurzweil at The Wall Street Journal

At The Wall Street Journal's annual CFO Network Conference in Washington, DC, last week, inventor and entrepreneur Ray Kurzweil spoke about "frontiers in technology," discussing, among other topics, recent advances in artificial intelligence -- and what they might mean for the future of the field. During his comments, Kurzweil referenced the Turing test and made an interesting prediction ...

ACM Webcasting Turing Centenary Celebration Today, Saturday

June 15th, 2012

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is holding its A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration in San Francisco, CA, today and Saturday -- marking the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth by bringing together 33 living Turing Award winners for the first time, and raising awareness of Turing, reflecting on his contributions, and discussing the fundamental importance ...

“Rethinking Privacy in an Era of Big Data”

June 5th, 2012
danah boyd studies privacy and children’s use of social media [image courtesy Erik Jacobs/The New York Times].

Last week, the UC Berkeley's School of Information held a forum -- called the DataEDGE Conference -- seeking to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a data-intensive economy. One of the speakers was danah boyd, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and an Assistant Professor at New York University, who discussed the implications of Big ...

Scanning the Robots at ICRA 2012

May 30th, 2012

Our colleagues at IEEE's Spectrum have posted a neat montage of the exhibit hall at last week's 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012) -- which featured more than two dozen exhibitors and attracted over 1,700 attendees. The robots at the exhibit hall included the DARPA ARM... NASA's Robonaut 2, Willow Garage's PR2, Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Surgical System, ...

Computing at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

May 1st, 2012
USA Science and Engineering Festival [image courtesy NSF].

Computing was among the excitement this past weekend at the 2nd Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The festival is the largest celebration of science and engineering in the U.S. and featured over 500 exhibits and 75 performances and shows on multiple stages. The National Science ...