AI-2021 Forty-first SGAI International Conference

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BCS SGAI: The Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence

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This is the leading series of UK-based international conferences on Artificial Intelligence and the longest running AI conference series in Europe which will take place virtually this year using Zoom as the platform.


14 December 2021


The first day of the conference comprises a range of workshops, to be held on Tuesday 14th December in two parallel streams. Delegates will find these events to be especially valuable where there is a current need to consider the introduction of new AI technologies into their own organisations.

There will be four half-day workshops, including the Twenty-sixth UK CBR Workshop. Delegates are free to choose any combination of sessions to attend. There is a lunch break at 13:00-14:00 and there is a 30-minute refreshment break scheduled during the morning and afternoon sessions.

Workshops organiser: Professor Adrian Hopgood, University of Portsmouth, UK.

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15 and 16 December 2021

Technical and Application Sessions

The TECHNICAL STREAM aims to present the best of recent developments in AI, covering a wide range of technical areas. The papers will present new and innovative developments in the field.

Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): knowledge based systems; knowledge engineering; constraint satisfaction; intelligent agents; machine learning; model based reasoning; verification and validation of AI systems; natural language understanding; case based reasoning; neural networks; genetic algorithms; data mining and knowledge discovery in databases.

The APPLICATION STREAM will present papers describing practical applications of AI. This is the largest annual showcase in Europe of real applications using AI technology and the ideal place to meet with those working to make successful AI based applications.

As in previous conferences, the papers to be presented are expected to cover a wide variety of methods and application domains.

The papers presented at recent conferences have included topics as diverse as automatic personalised TV listings, practical knowledge management, industrial planning, real time military decision support, financial fraud detection, improving manufacturing techniques and crime investigation, and featured the whole range of AI techniques, including CBR, fuzzy logic, rule based systems, neural networks, data mining and intelligent agents.

Papers will be selected to highlight critical areas of success (and failure) and to present the benefits and difficulties encountered. A key criterion in the selection of papers will be their relevance to other developers, to ensure that this stream is of value and interest to all those responsible for developing or managing practical AI based systems.

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Application Keynote Lecture - Dr. Oliver Zielinski (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)

AI as a Game Changer for Sustainable Marine Environments

Technical Keynote Lecture - Prof. Edward Keedwell (University of Exeter)

Optimisation for a Sustainable Future: Driving Efficiency through Human-AI and Hyper-heuristic Search


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We are all responsible for ensuring technology-led change is safe and positive for everyone in society. At BCS we’re committed to meeting this responsibility under royal charter.

That’s why we set the highest standards of professionalism and best practice in the industry, share knowledge, and develop skills and capability tuned to our evolving digital world.

We’ve been supporting the technology industry since 1957 and our 73,000-strong membership spans 150 countries. Every member actively promotes IT professionalism and we provide them with career development opportunities and bring the community together to address the professional, ethical and economic challenges facing technology today.

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