AI Past, Present and Future

Thursday 5 May 2005

7.00pm (Coffee from 6.30pm) open to non-members, free, requires no booking

Nigel Shadbolt FBCS, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Southampton University

Southampton University, Zepler Building, Seminar Room 1, which is Building 59 on Salisbury Road. Map. Free Parking in Gower Car Park immediately adjacent to the Zepler Building.

Artificial Intelligence is a discipline that evokes a wide range of responses, many associated with the creation of conscious machine entities, or murderous machine intellects.

The reality is both more prosaic and fascinating. AI is deployed routinely in a wide range of applications and contexts. It supports and contributes to many aspects of our modern technological society. This talk will review past achievements of AI, current developments, and future trends.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt is a member of the Intelligence, Agents, and Multimedia Group, Head of the BIO@ECS Group and his research concentrates on two ends of the spectrum of AI - namely, Knowledge Technologies and Biorobotics. He was Editor in Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems from 2001-2004. In 2005 he was appointed Emeritus Editor in Chief and sits on the IEEE Computer Societies Publications Board.

He is a member of various national committees including the UK e-Science Technical Advisory Committee (TAG) and the UK EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) for ICT, and is currently a Vice President of BCS, where he chairs its Knowledge Services Board. In 2003 he was elected Fellow of BCS and more recently he was elected Fellow of the European AI Association (ECCAI).