AI conference attracts overwhelming interest
The recent International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) made headlines following the release of an open letter to the UN asking for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems at the opening of the event in Melbourne.
Co-organised by UTS, the event attracted record numbers of attendees and sponsorships, and has continued to generate media discussion on a broad range of issues and opportunities relating to AI.
“This event brings together research and industry expertise from around the world. It was an exciting coup to host the conference in Australia, and UTS played a key role in achieving that,” says Executive Director of UTS Data Science, Distinguished Professor Chengqi Zhang.
“Artificial Intelligence is a frontier research topic for the 21st century, and a field where UTS is at the forefront of discovery and practical application.”
Researchers from the UTS Centre of Artificial Intelligence presented nine papers at the conference and hosted an exhibition booth to showcase the unique applications of their research.
The event included speeches and presentations, as well as an extensive range of workshops, tutorials and industry exhibits covering all areas of AI research and applications.
First held in 1969, the IJCAI was originally a biennial event but became a yearly conference from 2016. The 2017 event attracted 2087 registrations (the highest since 2005) including 532 local registrations — the highest ever number of Australian participants.
Professor Zhang played an important part in bringing the conference to Australia and attracted record sponsorships, with 42 sponsors including 17 universities from seven countries. The IJCAI Trust created a new position of IJCAI Sponsorship Officer in recognition of Professor Zhang’s outstanding contributions.
In a widely circulated Chinese-language interview, Professor Zhang spoke to Leiphone Net about the conference, his research and the strength of artificial intelligence research in Australia.
Media coverage of the event included China CCTV, People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, Leiphone Net, ACS news release, China News, SBS, ABC news and Ostar Media.
- AI: Are Musk and Hawking right, or is our future in our hands? The Australian, 23 August 2017
- AI is not taking your job, ACS Information Age, 29 August 2017
- The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, Huffington Post, 17 August 2017
Chinese news (these articles written are in Mandarin):
- A new AI era is coming, Ostar Media, 23 August 2017
- Top AI experts discuss the future of AI, China News, 21 August 2017
- China AI shows in the word, China People’s Daily, 26 August 2017