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Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at AAAI-15

January 29th, 2015

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The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored another track in its Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track series at the 29th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-15), January 25-30, 2015 in Austin, Texas. The purpose of this conference was to promote research in artificial intelligence (AI) and scientific exchange among AI researchers, practitioners, scientists, and engineers in affiliated disciplines.

The goal of this track was to present ideas and visions that can stimulate the research community to pursue new directions, such as new problems, new application domains, or new methodologies.

The winning papers were:

Machine Teaching: an Inverse Problem to Machine Learning and an Approach Toward Optimal Education
Xiaojin Zhu
(Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Emerging Architectures for Global System Science
Michela Milano
(Department Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bologna)
Pascal Van Hentenryck
(Department of Computer Science, Brown University)

Intelligent Agents for Rehabilitation and Care of Disabled and Chronic Patients
Sarit Kraus
(Department of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University)

CCC provides travel awards to authors of the winning papers. We encourage you to apply for a Blue Sky Ideas track at your conference!
Requests need only include a brief description of the conference and a proposed list of program committee members for the track. For more information — including guidelines for conference program committees, recommendations for selecting winners, and logistics for issuing CCC-sponsored travel awards to the winners, as well as a sample call for papers for a Blue Sky Ideas track — visit our website.

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at Foundations of Software Engineering Symposium

December 9th, 2014

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The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored another track in its Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track series at the 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE), November 16-22, 2014 in Hong Kong. FSE is an internationally renowned forum for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and challenges in software engineering.

The goal of this track was to emphasize visionary ideas, long term challenges, and opportunities in software engineering research that are outside of current mainstream topics of the field. This year’s winning papers were:

First Prize
Methodology and Culture: Drivers of Mediocrity in Software Engineering?
Marian Petre and Daniela Damian
(Open University, UK; University of Victoria, Canada)

Second Prize
Known Unknowns: Testing in the Presence of Uncertainty
Sebastian Elbaum and David S. Rosenblum
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA; National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Third Prize
Speculative Reprogramming
Marc Palyart, Gail C. Murphy, Emerson Murphy-Hill, and Xavier Blanc
(University of British Columbia, Canada; North Carolina State University, USA; University of Bordeaux, France)

CCC provides travel awards to authors of the winning papers. We encourage you to apply for a Blue Sky Ideas track at your conference!

Requests need only include a brief description of the conference and a proposed list of program committee members for the track. For more information — including guidelines for conference program committees, recommendations for selecting winners, and logistics for issuing CCC-sponsored travel awards to the winners, as well as a sample call for papers for a Blue Sky Ideas track — visit our website.

Judea Pearl’s Turing Award Lecture at AAAI-12

August 2nd, 2012

Douglas Fisher, Vanderbilt UniversityJudea 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.

Judea Pearl, University of California at Los Angeles [image courtesy ACM]Professor Pearl delivered his Turing Award Lecture as the opening invited address at the 26th AAAI Conference in Toronto, Canada, last week. He opened by acknowledging the support of the AAAI community in a great collaborative enterprise, a remarkable “journey” as he said, and he shared the award with the community and his coauthors. He also cited three of his seminal papers, which had been presented at past AAAI conferences and that presaged the hierarchy of processes — probabilistic, causal, and counterfactual — that formed a trajectory of his research and a focus of his talk: “Reverend Bayes on Inference Engines: A Distributed Hierarchical Approach” from the second annual AAAI conference; and “Symbolic Causal Networks” with Adnan Darwiche and “Probabilistic Evaluation of Counterfactual Queries” with Alexander Balke, both from the 12th annual AAAI conference (more following the link…).

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Solving the Turing Test by 2029?

July 6th, 2012

Ray Kurzweil at The Wall Street Journal's annual CTO Network Conference in Washington, DC, last week [image courtesy Ralph Alswang for 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 (emphasis added):

“Alan Turing in 1950 defined a way in which we can say that a computer is operating at human levels. You have a human judge interview a computer and a human — maybe several of each. If the judge can’t tell which is which, we say the computers have passed the Turing test.

 

“Every year, our Turing test is run by the Loebner Foundation, and the computers are getting better every year. If you just look at the rate at which they’re getting better, the crossover is about 2029. My prediction all along has been that computers will be able to deal with a full range of human intelligence by 2029.

Check out a couple short clips of Kurzweil’s comments at the CTO Network Conference after the jump…

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ACM Webcasting Turing Centenary Celebration Today, Saturday

June 15th, 2012

ACM's A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration [image courtesy ACM].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 of computing and computer science. The event, which kicks off at 12pm EDT this afternoon, will be streamed live via the web. Over 1,000 in-person attendees are expected.

As Vint Cerf, the General Chair for the celebration and himself the 2004 ACM Turing Award winner, writes (following the link):

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“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 Data on privacy — and the role for researchers and technologists moving forward.

The New York Times Bits Blog has coverage of boyd’s talk:

“Privacy is a source of tremendous tension and anxiety in Big Data,” says Danah Boyd, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research. Speaking last week at a conference on Big Data at the University of California, Berkeley, she said, “It’s a general anxiety that you can’t pinpoint, this odd moment of creepiness.” She asked, “Is this moving towards a society that we want to build?”

 

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