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AAAI Honors High School Students at ISEF

AAAI is pleased to announce the winners of the recent AAAI Special Awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held virtually May 16-21, 2021. T

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Symbolic versus Connectionist AI

By Ashok Goel; School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

Like much of the AI community, I have watched the ongoing discussion between symbolic AI and connectionist AI with fascination. While symbolic AI posits the use of knowledge in reasoning and learning as critical to producing intelligent behavior, connectionist AI postulates that learning of associations from data (with little or no prior knowledge) is crucial for understanding behavior. The recent debate between the two AI paradigms has been prompted by advances in connectionist AI since the turn of the century that have significant applications.

The Role of Open-Source Software in Artificial Intelligence

By Jim Spohrer

With this publication, we launch a new column for AI Magazine on the role of open-source software in artificial intelligence. As the column editor, I would like to extend my welcome and invite AI Magazine readers to send short articles for future columns, which may appear in the traditional print version of AI Magazine, or on the AI Magazine interactive site currently under development. This introductory column serves to highlight my interests in open-source software and to propose a few topics for future columns.

The Case Against Registered Reports

By Odd Erik Gundersen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Registered reports have been proposed as a way to move from eye-catching and surprising results and toward methodologically sound practices and interesting research questions. However, none of the top-twenty artificial intelligence journals support registered reports, and no traces of registered reports can be found in the field of artificial intelligence. Is this because they do not provide value for the type of research that is conducted in the field of artificial intelligence?

Betting on Bets

Chris Welty, Google Research, USA
Praveen Paritosh, Google Research
Kurt Bollacker, LongNow Foundation

The AI bookies have spent a lot of time and energy collecting scientific bets from AI researchers since the birth of this column three years ago. While we have met with universal approval of the idea of scientific betting we have likewise met with nearly universal silence in our acquisition of bets. We have collected only a very few in this column over the past two years. In our first column we published the “will voice interfaces become the standard” bet, as well as a set of 10 predictions from Eric Horvitz that we proposed as bets awaiting challengers. No challengers have emerged.

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Reports of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s 2021 Spring Symposium Series

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s 2021 Spring Symposium Series was held virtually from March 22-24, 2021. There were ten symposia in the program: Applied AI in Healthcare: Safety, Community, and the Environment, Artificial Intelligence for K-12 Education, Artificial Intelligence for Synthetic Biology, Challenges and Opportunities for Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning, Combining Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering, Combining Machine Learning with Physical Sciences, Implementing AI Ethics, Leveraging Systems Engineering to Realize Synergistic AI/Machine-Learning Capabilities, Machine Learning for Mobile Robot Navigation in the Wild, and Survival Prediction: Algorithms, Challenges and Applications. This report contains summaries of all the symposia.

Report on the Thirty-Fourth International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS-34)

By Eric Bell, Fazel Keshtkar, Roman Barták, and Keith Brawner

The Thirty-Third International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society
Conference (FLAIRS-34) was to be held May 17-19, 2021, at the Double Tree Ocean
Point Resort and Spa in North Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Due to COVID-19 pandemic
and travel restriction, the conference held both virtual and in-person. The planned
conference events included tutorials, invited speakers, special tracks, and presentations
of papers, posters, and awards. The conference chair was Keith Brawner from the Army
Research Laboratory. The program co-chairs were Roman Barták from Charles
University, Prague, and Eric Bell, USA. The special tracks were coordinated by Fazel
Keshtkar from St John’s University.

Report on the AAAI Spring Symposium on AI and Manufacturing

By Mark Maybury, Chief Technology Officer, Stanley Black & Decker,

23-25 March 2020, AAAI hosted a Virtual Spring Symposium on AI and Manufacturing in which government, academia and commercial participants worked collaboratively to articulate how intelligent manufacturing solutions offer opportunities to improve efficiency, effectiveness and social responsibility.

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