AAAI 2008 Spring Symposia Reports

  • Marcello Balduccini Eastman Kodak Company
  • Chitta Baral Arizona State University
  • Boyan Brodaric Geological Survey of Canada
  • Simon Colton Imperial College, London
  • Peter Fox National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • David Gutelius SRI International
  • Knut Hinkelmann University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • Ian Horswill Northwestern University
  • Bernardo Huberman HP Labs
  • Eva Hudlicka Psychometrix Associates
  • Kristina Lerman USC Information Sciences Institute
  • Christine Lisetti Florida International University
  • Deborah L. McGuinness Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Mary Lou Maher National Science Foundation
  • Mark A. Musen Stanford University
  • Mehran Sahami Stanford University
  • Derek Sleeman University of Aberdeen
  • Barbara Thönssen University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
  • Juan D. Velasquez MIT CSAIL
  • Dan Ventura Brigham Young University


The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) was pleased to present the AAAI 2008 Spring Symposium Series, held Wednesday through Friday, March 26–28, 2008 at Stanford University, California. The titles of the eight symposia were as follows: (1) AI Meets Business Rules and Process Management, (2) Architectures for Intelligent Theory-Based Agents, (3) Creative Intelligent Systems, (4) Emotion, Personality, and Social Behavior, (5) Semantic Scientific Knowledge Integration, (6) Social Information Processing, (7) Symbiotic Relationships between Semantic Web and Knowledge Engineering, (8) Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science The goal of the AI Meets Business Rules and Process Management AAAI symposium was to investigate the various approaches and standards to represent business rules, business process management and the semantic web with respect to expressiveness and reasoning capabilities. The focus of the Architectures for Intelligent Theory-Based Agents AAAI symposium was the definition of architectures for intelligent theory-based agents, comprising languages, knowledge representation methodologies, reasoning algorithms, and control loops. The Creative Intelligent Systems Symposium included five major discussion sessions and a general poster session (in which all contributing papers were presented). The purpose of this symposium was to explore the synergies between creative cognition and intelligent systems. The goal of the Emotion, Personality, and Social Behavior symposium was to examine fundamental issues in affect and personality in both biological and artificial agents, focusing on the roles of these factors in mediating social behavior. The Semantic Scientific Knowledge Symposium was interested in bringing together the semantic technologies community with the scientific information technology community in an effort to build the general semantic science information community. The Social Information Processing's goal was to investigate computational and analytic approaches that will enable users to harness the efforts of large numbers of other users to solve a variety of information processing problems, from discovering high-quality content to managing common resources. The goal of the Symbiotic Relationships between the Semantic Web and Software Engineering symposium was to explore how the lessons learned by the knowledge-engineering community over the past three decades could be applied to the bold research agenda of current workers in semantic web technologies. The purpose of the Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science symposium was to identify ways that topics in AI may be used to motivate greater student participation in computer science by highlighting fun, engaging, and intellectually challenging developments in AI-related curriculum at a number of educational levels. Technical reports of the symposia were published by AAAI Press.

Author Biographies

Marcello Balduccini, Eastman Kodak Company
Research LaboratoriesResearch Scientist
Chitta Baral, Arizona State University

Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Boyan Brodaric, Geological Survey of Canada
Geological Survey of Canada
Simon Colton, Imperial College, London
Department of ComputingSenior Lecturer
Peter Fox, National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Center for Atmospheric Research
David Gutelius, SRI International
Artificial Intelligence CenterResearch Staff
Knut Hinkelmann, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
Ian Horswill, Northwestern University

 Computer Science Department

Associate Professor 

Bernardo Huberman, HP Labs
Social Computing LabSenior HP Fellow and Director
Eva Hudlicka, Psychometrix Associates
Principal Scientist
Kristina Lerman, USC Information Sciences Institute
Computer Science DepartmentProject leader and research assistant professor
Christine Lisetti, Florida International University

School of Computing and Information Sciences

Associate Professor 

Deborah L. McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Department of Computer Science


Mary Lou Maher, National Science Foundation
Information and Intelligent Systems Division, National Science FoundationProgram Director
Mark A. Musen, Stanford University

Biomedical Informatics Research and Computer Science

Professor of Medicine  

Mehran Sahami, Stanford University
Computer Science DepartmentAssociate Professor and Associate Chair for Education
Derek Sleeman, University of Aberdeen

Computing Science


Barbara Thönssen, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
Research Staff
Juan D. Velasquez, MIT CSAIL


Research Staff 

Dan Ventura, Brigham Young University
Department of Computer ScienceAssociate Professor
How to Cite
Balduccini, M., Baral, C., Brodaric, B., Colton, S., Fox, P., Gutelius, D., Hinkelmann, K., Horswill, I., Huberman, B., Hudlicka, E., Lerman, K., Lisetti, C., McGuinness, D. L., Maher, M. L., Musen, M. A., Sahami, M., Sleeman, D., Thönssen, B., Velasquez, J. D., & Ventura, D. (2008). AAAI 2008 Spring Symposia Reports. AI Magazine, 29(3), 107.
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