The online interactive magazine of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Toby Walsh

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For our second AMA, we have Prof. Toby Walsh, an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW and CSIRO Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many other bodies on this topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and was named on the international “Who’s Who in AI” list of influencers. He has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled “2062: The World that AI Made”.

Dr. Odd Erik Gundersen & Dr. Brent Venable

For our first AMA, we have the co-editors of AI Magazine, Drs. Brent Venable and Odd Erik Gundersen.

Dr. Brent Venable joined the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) in August 2012. She is also professor of computer science at University of West Florida (UWF). Since 2019 she is the director of the newly established IHMC-UWF PhD program in Intelligent Systems and Robotics. Her research is dedicated to providing a solid framework for the design and deployment of intelligent systems able to reason about preferences. Research areas: reasoning about preferences, multi-agent systems, constraint-based temporal reasoning, AI for social good.

Dr. Odd Erik Gundersen is an adjunct associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Chief AI Officer at TrønderEnergi AS, a Norwegian renewable energy company. Gundersen has applied AI in industry, mostly for startups, since 2006. Currently, he is investigating how AI can be applied in the renewable energy sector and for driver training. On late evenings he ponders how research in AI can be made reproducible. Research areas: AI for renewable energy, AI-based simulators for driver training, reproducible AI.

AI Magazine Fall 2021

On the Care and Feeding of Virtual Assistants: Automating Conversation Review with AI
Ian Beaver and Abdullah Mueen
Deep Learning for Recommender Systems: A Netflix Case-Study
Harald Steck, Linas Baltrunas, Ehtsham Elahi, Dawen Liang, Yves Raimond, Justin Basilico
Human-Centered Recommender Systems: Origins, Advances, Challenges, and Opportunities
Joseph A. Konstan, Loren G. Terveen

AAAI 2020

The Thirty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-20) was be held on February 7-12, 2020 at the Hilton New York Midtown, New York, New York, USA. 

AAAI 2019

The Thirty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-19) was be held January 27 – February 1, 2019 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

AAAI 2018

The Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18) was held February 2–7, 2018 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

2020 AAAI Student Outreach Workshop

As part of the AAAI 2020 conference, we invited college students to experience real AI robot programming with Cozmo and Calypso.

This was a two-day event. On the first day at Hunter College, students worked in teams to build demos that illustrate how artificial intelligence can improve our lives. On the second day, the students hosted a free, open exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History.

Over 400 visitors interacted with the demos and explored questions about the role of AI with the students. For more information, email us at