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ICAIL 2021 – the 18th International Conference for Artificial Intelligence and Law

The 18th International Conference for Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2021) was organized at the University of São Paulo School of Law, Brazil. For the first time, the ICAIL conference was organized entirely online, due to the overall Covid-19 pandemic situation. Despite unusual circumstances, the ICAIL 2021 was a success, attracting almost 1400 registered participants and offering a rich, diverse program.

The Seventeenth International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE 2021): A Report

Juan Carlos Augusto, Philippe Lalanda, Massimo Mecella

Intelligent Environments are populated with numerous devices and have multiple occupants, inherently exhibit increasingly intelligent behaviour, support consistent functionality and human-centric operation (humans, as opposed to mere users, have increased requirements from a system, including, for example, intuitive interaction, protection of privacy, fault-tolerance etc.), and provide optimized resource usage. The development of Intelligent Environments is considered the first and primary step towards the realization of the Ambient Intelligence vision and requires input from research and contributions from several scientific and engineering disciplines, including computer science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, architecture, social sciences, art and design. The series of IE conferences have been consistently creating a unique blend of researchers in these disciplines, fostering cross-disciplinary discussions, debate and collaborations.

Reports of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s 15th International Conference on Web and Social Media

Karl Aberer, Ebrahim Bagheri, Marya Bazzi, Rumi Chunara, Ziv Epstein, Fabian Flöck, Adriana Iamnitchi, Diana Inkpen, Maurice Jakesch, Kyraki Kalimeri, Elena Kochkina, Ugur Kursuncu, Maria Liakata, Yelena Mejova, George Mohler, Daniela Paolotti, Jérémie Rappaz, Manon Revel, Horacio Saggion, Indira Sen, Panayiotis Smeros, Katrin Weller, Sanjaya Wijeratne, Christopher C. Yang, Fattane Zarrinkalam

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s 2021 International Conference on Web and Social Media was held virtually from June 8-10, 2021. There were 8 workshops in the program: Data for the Wellbeing of Most Vulnerable, Emoji 2021: International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media, Information Credibility and Alternative Realities in Troubled Democracies, International Workshop on Cyber Social Threats (CySoc 2021), International Workshop on Social Sensing (SocialSens 2021): Special Edition on Information Operations on Social Media, Participatory Development of Quality Guidelines for Social Media Research: A Structured, Hands-on Design Workshop, Mediate 2021: News Media and Computational Journalism, Mining Actionable Insights from Social Networks: Special Edition on Healthcare Social Analytics.

Bridging Case-Based Reasoning, DL and XAI at the First Virtual ICCBR Conference (ICCBR2020)

Bridging Case-Based Reasoning, DL and XAI at the First Virtual ICCBR Conference (ICCBR2020)

Ian Watson, Rosina O Weber, David Leake

Case-based reasoning is reasoning from experience, solving new problems and interpreting new situations by retrieving and adapting prior cases. The Twenty-Eight International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR2020) was held from June 8-12, 2020, with program chairs Ian Watson and Rosina Weber.  The conference was originally scheduled for Salamanca, Spain, a World Heritage site, under the auspices of local chair Juan Manuel Corchado and the University of Salamanca.   Its theme, “CBR Across Bridges”, reflected the goal of bringing together researchers and practitioners with relevant work across various AI areas.   Before the conference, the pandemic struck, with tragic effects.   The conference chairs resolved to continue with a safe alternative: the first virtual ICCBR.   With researchers unable to travel, the virtual conference not only bridged AI areas but geographic ones:  141 conference attendees participated from 23 countries. 

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.