Intelligent Design from Physical Principles: Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
Brian Williams and Leo Joskowicz, Cochairs
Design is a complex human activity that requires an understanding of the surrounding environment and a way to reason about that environment and the behavior of devices within that environment. This symposium concentrates on the use and representation of skills of mathematics, physics and engineering towards the design of physical artifacts and processes. The objective of the symposium is to bring together researchers from a diverse set of areas with a common interest in design from physical principles. These areas include, among others, modeling, dynamics, qualitative, temporal, geometric and terminological reasoning, as well as planning, diagnosis, learning, automated deduction, and traditional engineering design. Design provides these researchers a common focus to communicate their ideas, to combine their techniques, and to evaluate their progress.
The symposium aims to create the appropriate synergy by providing a focused forum for cross-communication. The design community will be served by exposing it to the sophisticated set of reasoning techniques and mathematical tools currently available. The core reasoning communities will be served by providing them with a task which allows them to focus and evaluate their efforts, as well as to provide them with an infusion of new problems, representations and reasoning skills related to design.