The Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence February 4–9, 2017, San Francisco, California, USA
A Special Event of the AAAI Conference
The main goal of this special event is to allow K-12 students from underserved communities and their parents to connect with professors, graduate and undergraduate students, and other professionals working on AI so they can learn first-hand about AI research topics and internship opportunities. The special event will include:
- An introductory presentation on the history of AI and its major research areas
- Overview talks on specific AI topics such as robotics, machine learning, network analysis, and natural language processing
- Hands-on activities that will enable students to interact with AI researchers, and better understand the process of searching for solutions.
- Advertisements of internship opportunities
Students will be able to learn from the presentations about the technical challenges in creating machines with intelligent capabilities such as representing knowledge, reasoning, problem solving, prioritizing and controlling behaviors, learning, communicating, and interacting with the physical world. After the presentations, the hands-on activities will enable them to interact with AI researchers, see demonstrations, ask questions, and see what it is like to work in AI. Parents will gain an appreciation of careers and opportunities in this field.
Another goal of this event is to allow undergraduate students to demonstrate their own AI projects to the K-12 students, learning to describe their work to a non-technical audience and to appreciate the impact of outreach activities. Undergraduates will also benefit from participating in other EAAI and AAAI activities throughout the conference.
A third goal of this event is to train AI researchers in best practices for doing outreach to students and the general public. Presenters will participate in preparatory sessions to ensure that their materials are accessible to K-12 students while retaining the core ideas of the research. This will improve the ability of the AI community to learn to communicate with a nontechnical audience and disseminate the outcomes of their research.
- Tara Chklovski, Iridescent
- Sheila Tejada, University of Southern California
Schedule and Logistics
The event will interleave presentations with round-table demonstrations and discussions.
- 10:00 – 10:15: Brief history of AI and overview of open research questions
- 10:15 – 10:30: Presentation about a selected AI research program
- 10:30 – 11:45: Open demos, hands-on explorations
- 11:45 – 12:45: Lunch at tables. Each table will have demonstrations and activities presented by undergraduate students who will discuss the problem they are solving and share their own personal journey into AI research. Professors and graduate students will also be attending lunch and will be available for questions and discussion.
- 12:45 – 1:00: Presentation about a selected AI research program
- 1:00 – 1:15: Presentation about a selected AI research program
- 1:15 – 2:15: Open demos, hands-on explorations (with snacks and drinks)
- 2:15 – 2:30: Presentation about a selected AI research program
- 2:15 – 2:30: Concluding remarks, hand out materials to continue learning
- 2:30 – 4:30: Open demos and hands-on explorations continue
Interaction with EAAI and AAAI Activities
The undergraduate students recruited to participate in this activity will be able to demonstrate their projects to EAAI participants on Sunday and Monday, and to AAAI participants at the AAAI poster session. The demonstrations give the undergraduates presenting the chance to become teachers and enjoy the interactions with children. They will also have the opportunity to interact with experienced AI educators and researchers, get feedback on their work, hone their communication skills, and build confidence in their abilities.
AAAI registered participants will be offered a special training webinar to prepare materials that are accessible for outreach to K-12 students and a nontechnical audience. The training helps them to isolate interesting strands of a problem that can be shared with authenticity with young students and have them walk away with a basic understanding of the open questions scientists are trying to solve. A selected group of participants will be invited to attend the interactive sessions with K-12 students at the AAAI Connections event, learn about the tools being demonstrated, and the impact of outreach activities that they then can bring back to their own classroom or community.
AAAI-17 Call for Papers
Special Track on Cognitive Systems
Special Track on Computational Sustainability
Special Track on Integrated Systems
EAAI Symposium Call
IAAI-17 Call for Papers
Tutorial Forum Call
Student Abstract Call
DC Call for Applications
Senior Member Track Call