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AI at Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art

Professor Øyvind Brandtsegg has made a robot for an art installation at the Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art. It is an entity that listens, sees faces, and associates across these modalities. It is able to speak back and project neural memories of what it has seen. At the start of the exhibition it knows nothing, but learns as the exhibition progresses. During the night it “dreams” by consolidating its memories, and it uses a genetic algorithm to write some of its own control program. I have been responsible for the programming of the artificial intelligence. The exhibition opens tonight at 18, and there is also an “artist talk” on Saturday at 18. The exhibition lasts until 21. of December. A great chance to see AI in an art context!

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School Visit

Some prospective students visited our lab this Friday. The students were from the second grade at Inderøya Videregående Skole. Christian demonstrated our swarm robots, as seen below, and Anders demonstrated the intelligent traffic light.

ECCAI Bulletin 1, 2013

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Request for Proposals to Host the Joint IJCAI/ECAI 2018

International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) and European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) hereby invite proposals to host the 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-18) joined with 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-18), which will be held in July or August 2018. These proposals will be evaluated by the IJCAI and ECCAI. Draft proposals are due by July 1, 2013. A small number of finalists will be asked to prepare final proposals. The final selection of the IJCAI/ECAI 2018 site will be made at the ECAI-2014 in Prague, Czech Republic 2014.

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Axel Tidemann in Eurovision semi finals

This is not strictly related to Artificial Intelligence, but impressive enough to still warrant a mention on this site. Axel Tidemann, our colleague at the Intelligent Systems group at IDI, NTNU, served as Margaret Bergers drummer during this weekends’ national finals in Melodi Grand Prix.

This means he and Margaret will be performing at the semi final (and hopefully the final) of Eurovision 2013 in Malmö in May. You can watch their performance in the Norwegian final below.

As this is an AI blog, this post is a good opportunity to mention Axel’s PhD studying how robots can learn from humans by imitation, with a drumming robot as the main application. It is available here.

ICES 2013

The submission deadline for ICES 2013 (IEEE International Conference on Evolvable Systems) is coming up on the 23rd of November. Professor Pauline Haddow at the Intelligent Systems Group, IDI, is a co-chair of the conference. Those of you interested in evolvable hardware and related topics can find more information here:

Anders Kofod-Petersen is IME’s Disseminator of the Year

At yesterday’s annual IME-party, Adjunct Associate Professor Anders Kofod-Petersen won the “Disseminator of the Year” – award. The price is annually awarded by the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering (IME) to a researcher who has done a remarkable job in representing and spreading information about his field.

As regular readers of this site know, Anders has done a lot to present applied AI projects to various media lately, in particular through his work on the Intelligent Traffic Light and the Intelligent Sliding Door. Congratulations, Anders!