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AISB Quarterly Submissions and Suggestions


Click here to go straight to submissions guidelines.

There are several ways that you can contribute to the Quarterly:

  • Send us ideas of general topic areas that you think should be covered and (if possible) the names of people in these areas who could join our Editorial Board. Feel free to volunteer yourself: see the job description below.
  • If there are features or columns that you'd like to see, but that don't fit the existing format, please let the Editor know what you have in mind.
  • If you are aware of particular projects that should be covered, or particular people who would write good articles, please let the Editor know. (We just need a name and affiliation/e-mail address or URL).
  • If you would like to write an article about your own work, please get in touch. If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit according to the deadlines and submissions guidelines below
  • If you would like to write a book review, or plan to submit a conference report, please check out our special guidelines.



The AISBQ is issued in the first week of the quarter (January, April, July, October). Whatever you would like to contribute, the list below explains roughly when we need your input for a particular edition.

For the exact dates, please contact the Editor.

Editorial Board and feature suggestions

Deadline: 16 weeks from issue.

Author/project suggestions

Deadline: 12 weeks from issue.

Article submission deadline

Deadline: 7 weeks in from issue.


Editorial Board Member: Job Description

To join our board, simply check to see that no-one in the Editorial Board is currently covering your topic area, and then contact the Editor. What we will ask you to do is as follows:

  • Every time you go to a conference, send us the details of at least one good paper that you think would interest the general AISB audience.
  • Every time you are asked (once a quarter) send at least one suggestion of an author/group/project who should be covered in the newsletter.
  • As they occur to you (could be never!) send ideas for new features, suggest areas that are not covered sufficiently, submit names of potential Editorial Board members.

NB: You can do the job for as long or as short a period as you like. However, if you fail to submit a suggestion for two quarters in a row you will be taken off the list.


Submissions Guidelines: Checklist

  1. Send both an electronic version and hardcopy to the Editor.
  2. Make sure to keep text and figures in separate files: and figures should never be inside Word documents.
  3. Don't send a LaTeX file unless the codes are stripped out
  4. If you're sending ASCII text, make sure you've used our codes for special characters.
  5. Don't e-mail large (more than 1 or 2Mb) files without checking first.
  6. Make sure your references are in the right style.
  7. Keep formatting to a minimum.
  8. Send colour figures only if a) you think colour is really important and you want them in colour in the electronic version of the Quarterly and b) you have checked that they look OK in black and white!



Your article should be aimed at people within Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behavior but who are not  in your particular discipline. Bear in mind that this includes a very disparate collection of people: some will have computer science backgrounds, some electrical and electronic engineering, others cognitive science, psychology or medicine. The article should:

  • Explain the application and context of your work in the wider sense (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Focus on it's position within your general discipline (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Explain the actual project in general terms (2-3 paragraphs)
  • Describe the results and conclude (2-3 paragraphs).

This is based on the ideal 100 word paragraph.

As you see, we don't want much, just about 800 words including figure captions and references. The article should be accompanied by one or two figures that help explain your work, and for which you hold copyright.

You should submit text both electronically (by e-mail) in the format described in the next section, and as either hard copy (by snail-mail to the Editor) or as a .pdf file with fonts included. This way everything can be double-checked. Before sending anything, however, please make sure that your files are in the correct electronic format.



Essentially unformatted text is required: please don't bother to try to make it look pretty (no centered titles,  complicated margins/tabs, justified text etc). It's going to appear in a completely different form, so the main thing is just to get the data across.

If your text file is in any standard wordprocessing (like Word, Wordperfect, Rich Text Format etc.) format, it should be easy to convert. But  please keep things simple by doing the following:

  • If you have to specify a font in the document, use Times 14 pt if you can (or another standard laserwriter font if you can't).
  • Don't put the text and figures in the same file, or show us where to place the figures. Just provide "callouts" (such as "see Figure 1") in the text, and put captions at the end.  With the caption, please include the figure file name as follows:

Figure 1: {bainsfig1.jpeg} Shown is the set-up for the real time camera system...

  • Use real numbers (not Word relative numbering) for the references (and follow the reference guidelines).



Non-standard elements often get lost when they are converted, so give us a text conversion key to avoid embarrassing errors (such as microseconds being turned into milliseconds). This way, we can figure out what you meant if the characters change en route, and we can see if there is a problem with characters going missing.

  • At the top of the document, list any non-standard characters you have used in the text (use the actual character), and then spell them out  surrounded by a single set of curly brackets. For instance:

$ = {dollar sign}

lower-case lambda = {lambda)

upper-case delta = {DELTA}

e-grave = {e grave}

Sorry, by definition real special characters don't show up properly in html. (The dollar sign is only included to show the form required.)

If you cannot supply text in one of the wordprocessing formats listed above (ask if you're not sure whether your format will work), please supply a raw ASCII file. ASCII-users must take care of special characters by encoding them as {DELTA}, etc., throughout the text. In addition, ASCII-users must make sure that super and subscripts are correctly labelled.

  • Use double curly brackets around characters which should be subscript. Eg. TEM{{00}} and LiNbO{{3}}.
  • Use triple curly brackets around characters which should be superscript. Eg. 10{{{-12}}} or {psi}{{{*}}}.

If you are having trouble precisely specifying mathematical symbols, looking at the relevant Unicode charts may help. Just specify which character you need in which table of which chart.

LaTeX users: if you can avoid it, don't use LaTeX. If you absolutely have to, please make sure to strip out all codes except those referring to text features and foreign characters such as those listed above. LaTeX conventions for italic, subscript etc. are OK.



In the text they should be represented as superscript, with the number after any comma or period that happens to appear at the same place. In the listing at the end they should be written as follows:

For a paper:

1. C. C. Wu, J. C. Sturm, R. A. Register and M. E. Thompson, Integrated three-colour organic light-emitting devices,  Appl. Phys. Lett. 69 (21), p 3117, 18 November 1996.

For a book:

1. J. Astola and P. Kuosmanen, Fundamentals of Nonlinear Digital Filtering, CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, 1997.

Note, in the examples given there are no quote marks anywhere and the commas are italic or emboldened with the text that precedes them. Also, only include the details of the place/date of a conference if you have no proceedings or volume number. Book editors should also be omitted for proceedings (not for ordinary books) where the correct volume information is supplied.



Do not send figures as part of a wordprocessing (especially Word) file: this almost never works well. Send each figure as an separate file, preferably with your name in the filename (such as bainsfig1.tiff). Also, we cannot directly work with figures composed in Word: you will have to convert them, with sufficient resolution, yourself.

Make sure the figures are black and white. If they start as colour, save them as greylevel images so that: (a)  you can see what they look like without colour, and (b) they will be smaller and therefore easier to send.

If you really want colour, provide a b/w figure for the newsletter and put a colour version of the figure on the web. Then, simply include the appropriate URL in the figure caption.

For electronic submissions, EPS format is preferred, although JPEG, PICT, and TIFF files are also usable (documents must be importable to PageMaker). Ask if there is something else you'd like to use. The ideal figure is greylevel with of the order of 400-1000 pixels on a side (but readable at 30% scale), and 200-500k in size. If it's more than 500k, you should ask yourself why!

Thanks for reading the guidelines!


AISB Quarterly Conference Reports and Book Reviews

If you plan to write a book review or conference report for us, please first contact the editor to make sure that the subject matter is of sufficient general interest. Before you write, make sure you know about deadlines, read the guidance below for the particular type of report you have in mind, and make sure to look at submissions guidelines so that you send things in the right format.

Writing Conference Reports

You may be asked to write a conference report in order to receive a travel award, or you may simply wish to write one. Either way, it is crucial that you contact the Editor as far in advance of the actual meeting as possible (up to three months before) to aid planning. It is also crucial that you are especially aware of deadlines, and negotiate new ones if necessary. Our goal is to print conference reports (ie. for them to appear in an issue that is actually published) within four months of the meeting, which means that we may have to stretch deadlines at certain times of year.

In addition you should consider the following:

  • Your report must be 900 words or less.
  • You should do one of the following with your report:

Describe the three most interesting projects you were introduced to at the meeting (you will have to get copies of the papers for this) and explain why you found them compelling. These projects should not only be interesting from the perspective of your particular sub-discipline, but should be set in a slightly wider context. You may need to fill in this context yourself.

Describe a research trend that became apparent through attending the conference. Explain what it was and describe how various papers (say 6-8) supported this trend.

Describe a new topic that has emerged recently, giving details of three papers in the meeting you attended as examples of this topic.

If you have another idea for the report, feel free to discuss it with the Editor.

Make sure to start the article explaining the content (essentially, this is a newswriting sytle). First lines might include "[This] research trend emerged...", "[Three interesting projects] were presented...", "[This] new area of research is emerging...". The details of the where and when of the conference are less important, and should go towards the end of the first paragraph or later.

Please note that the reader is not generally interested in issues relating to the atmosphere, the hard work of the organizers, the beauty of the location, the way the structure of the meeting worked, and so forth. Unless you feel that your meeting was an exceptional case for some reason (contact he Editor in advance if this applies), you should mention these issues in passing, if at all.

What is most useful is information about the work, research trends and ideas.

Writing Book Reviews

There are several things to keep in mind when writing a book review:

We only plan to run one page of book reviews per issue, so any review should either be no more than 900 words long (full page), or about 400 words long (half page). Let the Editor know in advance before you write anything, both to save space for a particular issue and to allow planning of a second book review where appropriate.

Book reviews should fall into one of two categories:

a) Quite positive reviews of  good books published in the last year or two. (The more recent the better). These can be on any topic, including sub-disciplines, but must be at a level that,say, an entry-level postgraduate student could understand. If you're not sure, ask the Editor.

b) Reviews (whether positive or negative) of books recent books that can't be ignored. Such books are likely to be more general in nature. The idea is that it is not productive to run negative reviews of obscure books.

In addition, all reviews must be signed, with a short bio and URL of the author supplied.

The AISB is sent books to review, which we make available first to the Editorial Board, then to the membership. A list is available here.

Books Available for Review


If you wish to review one of the books below, please contact the Editors by sending an email to aisbqXX at aisb dot org dot uk where XX are the last two digits in the year.

Importantly: Only AISB members will be sent books for review. If you subsequently decided that you cannot review the book, either because of time constraints or because you are otherwise prevented from doing it according to the guidelines, then you must let the Editors know as soon as possible. It will then go back on the list to be reviewed. If someone else wishes to review it, you will be expected to send the book to them directly. In addition to reading the guidelines before starting your review, make sure you know about deadlines, types of reports and formats.



AISB Quarterly Archive

Issue 146: April 2017

Features/Reviews: Pat Forthergill: Early worker in robotics; Untimed and misrepresented.

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 145: February 2017

Features/Reviews: In Memoriam (Hugh Loebner); A letter from past Loebner Prize winners; Consciousness-inspired AI systems; LBM to LPM: An investigation into computational music; Scope for a unified metaphor theory in social research.

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 144: November 2016

Features/Reviews: Loebner Prize finals 2016 at Bletchley Park; A conversation with Mitsuku; Conference report: GCAI 2nd Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence; Symposia for the 2017 annual convention of the AISB; Calls for papers.

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 143: June 2016

Features/Reviews: A brief encounter between attachment theory and 4e cognition; Can depression be grey? Book review: In Our Own Image; book review: Intelligence Emerging; Book review: Developmental Robotics; conference report: Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing; Letter from your AISB committee secretary.

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 142: Autumn 2015

Features/Reviews: SAFEBOTS: The Humanitarian Appliance of Swarm Robotics Science; Event: International Conference on Signal Processing; Event: 1st International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience; AISB Members Workshop: 1st Figurative Language: its Patterns and Meanings in Domain-specific Discourse.

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 141: Summer 2015

Features/Reviews: An Anarchy of Methods: Current Trends in How Intelligence is Abstracted in AI; Book review: Logic In Games (van Benthem, 2014); Event: Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems; Event: 2nd International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction.

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 140: Winter 2015

Features/Reviews: It should look like a robot: Mental models of anthropomorphic features; The 24th Loebner Prize Finals 2014 at Bletchley Park; Event: Foundations of Digital Games 2013; Event: eNTERFACE’13 International Summer Workshop; AISB Workshop: Modelling Organisational Behaviour and Social Agency.

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 139: Summer 2014

Features/Reviews: Happy birthday, AISB!; AISB50: Artificial Intelligence at a new branch point; Book review: Radicalizing Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content (Hutto & Myin, 2012); Event: Emergence of Consciousness; Event: 14th International Conference on Computer Vision.

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 138: Spring 2014

Features/Reviews: Algorithm Selection in Practice; The Seemingly Contradictory Philosophical Legacy of Computability and Information Theory; A system for the discovery of novel, surprising (and valuable?) English language sonnets; Event: Social Media: an informal data source for healthcare intervention; Book review: The Machine Question: Critical perspectives on AI, robots, and ethics.

Mission Statement – AISB Chair elect by Dr Berndt ‘Bertie’ Müller

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 137: Autumn 2013

Features/Reviews: Lethal Autonomous Systems and the Plight of the Non-combatant; Automatic Concept Addition to Ontologies Aided by Semantics; Book review: The Voice in the Machine; Book review: Scaling up Machine Learning: Parallel and Distributed Approaches; Event: International conference on Neural Information Processing; Event: Distributed Thinking Symposium V; Event: Sensory Substitution and Augmentation

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 136: Spring 2013

Features/Reviews: The Sigma Cognitive Architecture and System; Wishful Mnemonics and Autonomous Killing Machines; Agent-based models Inspired by Bowlby-Ainsworth Attachment Theory; Book review: Metareasoning: Thinking About Thinking

Society Announcements

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 135: Autumn 2012

Features/Reviews: The Neural Engineering Framework; Second Life as a Simulation Platform; The Use of AI Technology in E-commerce Spend Analysis; Quo Vadis, AI? Book review: Why Red Doesn’t Sound Like a Bell; Event: Foundations of Enactive Cognitive Science; Event: Intuition and Ingenuity – Alan Turing Centenary Exhibition; Event: First AISB Members’ Workshop – Sensorimotor Theory

Society: CfP: AISB Workshop Hyper-Heuristics, Past, Present and Future.

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 134: Summer 2012

Features/Reviews: The Soar Cognitive Architecture; CernoCAMAL: A Bayesian-BDI Cognitive Architecture; Cognitive Science is Not Computer Science; Information Exchange in Population-Based Algorithms; Book Review: The Philosophy of Information;  Book Review: Principles of Synthetic Intelligence; Event Report: Roger Needham Lecture;  Event Report: Inaugural Lecture - "Radical Post-Cognitivism: New Approaches to Intelligence and the Mind";  In Memoriam: David Waltz.

Society: all for Participation: AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012.

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 133: Spring 2012

Features/Reviews: Artificial Intelligence and Cognitve Systems; Musical Acts: Communication for Musical Multi-Agent Systems; John McCarthy - Some Reminiscences; Conference Report: AISB Convention. York, 4-7 April, 2011; Conference Report: IJCAI. Barcelona, 16-22 July, 2011: The Making of the EPSRC Principles of Robotics.

Society: AISB Committee membership 2012.

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 132: Autumn 2011

Features/Reviews: Representations and Architectures to Support Diagrammatic Reasoning; A New COST Action: Autonomic Road Transport Support (ARTS) Systems; Précis of The Organisation of Mind; Book review: Embodiment and the Inner Life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds; Book review: Computer Models of Computer Creativity; Book review: Randomness through Computation: Some Answers, More Questions; Conference report: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems; Conference report: 2nd International Computational Creativity Conference; Conference report: 2nd Postgraduate Conference for Computing: Applications and Theory

Society: Details of the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 in honour of Alan Turing

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 131: Spring 2011

Features/Reviews: Integration of neural networks with production rules; Artificial Intelligence and the Frontiers of Genetics Research; Simulating Human Multitasking with a Cognitive Architecture; Modeling Dynamics of Multimodal Cues for Spontaneous Agreement and Disagreement Recognition; Conference Report: IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence 2010; Report on AISB 09’s “New frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction” Symposium

Society: Details of the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 130: Spring 2010

Features: Mark Bishop on the Turing Test; Fehmida Hussain on Modelling the Performance of Children on the Attentional Network Test; Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie and Mark Bishop on the Mining Game;

Society: Details of the AISB Convention 2011

Reviews/Previews: Conference Report: New Frontiers in Human-Robot Interaction; Conference Report: International Conference on Cognitive Modelling; Conference Report: Agents and MultiAgent Systems

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 129: Summer 2009

Features: Faisal Mustafa on Web Services Coordination; Huma Shah and Kevin Warwick on 18th Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligenc

Society: Details of the AISB Convention 2010

Reviews/Previews: Workshop on Matching and Meaning; AISB’08; Human-Robot Interaction; 18th International Conference on Logic Programming

Father Hacker: Dear Aloysius!


Issue 128: Autumn 2009

Features: Justine Cassell, Andrea Tartaro and Miri Arie on With a Little Help from our (Virtual) Friends; Sazalinsyah Razali, Qinggang Meng and Shuang-Hua Yang on Multi-Robot Cooperation Inspired by Immune Systems; Beatriz Mencía, Alvaro Trapote and David Pardo on “What was that you said?”; Maria Dobrska on Learning to Rank Order and its Applications

Society: Details of the AISB Convention

Reviews/Previews: Fourth Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology; European Conference on Computing and Philosophy

Father Hacker: Immense International Impact.


Issue 127: Spring 2008

Features: Olivier Georgeon on analysing traces of activity for modelling cognitive schemes of operators; Harry Halpin on philosophy of collective intelligence; Sarah N. Lim, Choi Keung and Nathan Griffiths on using recency and relevance to assess trust and reputation; Simon Colton on theorem proving.

Society: Details of the AISB Symposium on the Turing Test

Reviews/Previews: Conference reports on the 9th European Conference on Artificial Life; the third International Conference on Cognitive Science; and ASSC-12.

Father Hacker: REF Special.


Issue 126: Spring 2008

Features: Peter Wallis on doing conversation with machines; Rafael Bordini on programming and verifying complex systems; Simon Colton on computational creativity.

Society: AISB Members Only Area; Recent Committee Changes; Olympics 2012.

Reviews/Previews: Conference reports on ICANN'07; 13th Portuguese AI Conf; and WCECS. Father Hacker: Four Seasons of AI.


Issue 125: Summer/Autumn 2007

Features: Darren Myatt and Slawomir Nasuto on reconstruction of neurons; Nicholas Jennings on control of complex systems; Austin Tate on planning and doing.

Society: Details of the 2008 AISB Symposia

Reviews/Previews: Conference report on Cooperative Information Agents

Father Hacker: Computational Theology


Issue 124: Winter/Spring 2007

Features: John Barden on the olympics; Julia Handl and Joshua Knowles on clustering; Mark Jago on resource-bounded agents; Marco Montes de Oca on particle swarms; Colin Johnson on genetic programming

Society: Welcome from the editor, and details of AISB Symposia

Reviews/Previews: Conference report from GECCO 2006

Father Hacker: Accelerating Intellect


Issue 123: Winter/Spring 2006

Features: Humphries and Prescott search for the neural basis of action-selection; Sunny Bains on why intelligence is more than 1s and 0s; Heiko Hoffman on bio-inspired vision for robotic grasping; Myra Wilson on BIRO-net; Frisch and Miguel on the automated solving of combinatorial problems; Peter Smith on AI and stylometric analysis; Schlessinger and Lotto on Mosaic World; < u>Liz Stillwaggon on a-life and the mind-body problem; and Paul Vogt on emergence of compositionality.

Society: Editorial announcing the appointment of a new editor.

Reviews/Previews: Colin Johnson on ‘Selfish Routing and the Price of Anarchy’ by Tim Roughgarden.

Father Hacker: The Formative Years


Issue 122: Autumn 2005

Features: Maja Pantic on a fully-automated system for facial muscle action. Roman Belakin on a test for irrational thinking; Jose Carmena on brain-machine interfaces; James Marshall on ant decision making; Stafford et. al on an artificial rocky-shore community; Eduardo Miranda on music from artificial life; and Blackwell and Young on live algorithms.

Society: Secratary and Webmaster's report.

Reviews/Previews: Igor Aleksander on the new ‘Sweet Dreams’ book by Dan Dennett.

Father Hacker: The Early Years.


Issue 121: Summer 2005

Features: Stafford and Rind on a crash-prevention system for cars inspired by locust vision; Yorick Wilks on companion agents on the web; Sellers and Paul on tyrannosaur speed; Giorgio Metta on the RobotCub approach to cognition; Aaron Sloman on altricial systems; and James Anderson on Perspex Machine IV.

Reviews/previews: Johnson on essential books on bio-inspired computing; and Web on ‘Mechanical Bodies, Computational Minds’ collection.

Society: Chair's report.

Obituary: Robert W. Milne, University of Edinburgh.

Father Hacker: How to edit a journal.


Issue 120: Spring 2005

Features: Paul Newman on robust navigation in unknown environments; David Randall on logic, logicism, and logic-based AI; Morse/Chrisley on the Seer project; Mark Cohen on teaching agent programming; Leslie Smith on auditory what and where tasks; and Lola Cañamero on working towards emotionally-competent systems.

Reviews/previews: Reifers on Tom Sgouros’ play; Johnson on emotion book by Evans and Cruse; and Shanahan on essential books about consciousness.

Society: Membership report

Father Hacker: How to be creative


Issue 119: Winter 2005

Features: Owen Holland on implementing machine consciousness; Hamilton/Evans on undersea inspection using a pilotless vehicle; Dirk Van Rooy on modelling socially-shared cognition; Daughtry/Ritter on CaCaDis 2.1; Roman Belavkin on entropy and information in learning behaviour; and Mark Bishop on whether humans can computers feel.

Reviews/previews: Witkowski on TAROS 2004; AISB 2005 symposium details; and Gary Jones on the new Amos Tversky collection

Community: Mark Steedman's obituary of Christopher Longuet-Higgins

Father Hacker: How to argue


Issue 118: Autumn 2004

Features: Paulo Santos on looking for logic in perceptual observations;  Susan Blackmore on the rise of the meme machines; Moshe Sipper on building blocks in evolutionary algorithms; Leech and Mareschal on a connectionist model of analogical completion; Tony Veale on analogy and lexical ontologies; Julie McCann on the new Intelligent Media Institute; and Robert Zimmer on Goldsmiths art and AI projects.

Reviews: Roelofsen on ECAI 2004 and Webb on a new book in memory of Herb Simon.

Society News: Secretary’s and Chair’s reports.

Father Hacker: How to organise a conference.


Issue 117: Summer 2004

Features: Joanna Bryson on the role of emotions in modular intelligent control; Russell Beale on models for mobile context awareness; Mathieu Capcarrere on cellularity, development and self-repair; Beale and Jones on situated interaction and mobile awareness; and Wolfgang Schoppek on exemplar vs structural knowledge in system control.

Previews: Polani on RoboCup.

Reviews: Gobet on Glimcher’s ‘Neuroeconomics’ book and Johnson on ‘Imitation in Animals and Artifacts’.

Society News: Webmaster’s and Treasurer’s reports

Father Hacker: How to be a Consultant.


Issue 116: Spring 2004

Features: Andrew Davison on Real-time camera-based localisation and mapping; Manfred Kerber on living with paradoxes; Kerstin Dautenhahn on robots and autistic children; John Zeleznikow on modelling legal knowledge; Anthony Pipe on the Whiskerbot project; and Hu and Calderon on robot learning through imitation.

Reviews: Gary Jones on Shultz’ ‘Computational Developmental Psychology’ and Penny Noy on ‘Engineering Societies in the Agents World’.

Society news: Membership report.

Father Hacker: How to write papers.


Issue 115: Winter 2004

Features: Uwe Aickelin on danger theory; Cox and Young on exploratory learning; Potter, Tate and Dalton on collaborative task support; Anderson and McOwan on affective computing; Angelo Cangelosi on grounding language; Luc Berthouze on models of motor development; Niels Taatgen on production compilation; and Sandy Louchart on empathic characters.

Reviews: David Young on "Computational Vision: Information Processing in Perception and Visual Behaviour"; Carlos Bento on "Creative Systems", part of IJCAI ’03.

Father Hacker: How to be a Research Leader.


Issue 114:Autumn 2003

Features: Vadera on family resemblance, Bayesian networks and exemplars; Gartland-Jones on the IndagoSonus composer; Jamnik on informal maths reasoning; Diller on evaluating assertions; Koza on using GAs to invent; Nemzow on Robots and chaos; Lane/Gobet on the CHREST perceptual model; Gobet on implicitly learning chess; van Remortel on phenotypes in evolution.

Reviews: Boden on "Cognitive Modeling," Webb on "The Analogical Mind."

Father Hacker: How to give presentation


Issue 113: Summer 2003

Features: Anderson/McOwan on exploiting the stealth technique of the hoverfly, Marom on robot learning through human interactions, Garvie on evolving circuits, Blackwell on swarms and self-organized music, Bugmann on instructing robots, Evans et al. on optimistic agents

Reviews: Roeckel on "Time Warps, String Edits, and Macromolecules: The Theory and Practice of Sequence Comparison," edited by David Sankoff and Joseph Kruskal; Demiris on "Imitation in animals and artifacts," part of AISB '03.

Father Hacker: How to write a computing programme

Society: Treasurer’s report


Issue 112: Spring 2003

Features: Croker on a cognitive model of language acquisition, Adamansky on Liquid Brains, Fisher on Rational Agents, Sloman on Building Minds (corrected version), Roberts on Bird Navigation Strategies, Hinde on Uncertainty

Review: Boden on the Dartnell creativity collection

Father Hacker: How to gain an international reputation

Society: Chair’s message, Editorial, News


Issue 111: Winter 2002/3

Constitutional changes, Father Hacker.


Issue 110:Autumn 2002

Special Report - Warchalking, Reviews - A Mind so Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness and Knowledge-Based Vision-Guided Robots, Father Hacker


Issue 109: Summer 2002

Conference Reports - AI in Creativity, Arts and Science and Mind, Language and Metaphor, Reviews - The Mating Mind and Interaction Design: Beyond Human Computer Interaction, Father Hacker


Issue 108: Spring 2002

Viewpoint - Two Notes on Agents by Eduardo Alonso, The Calculemus Project by Simon Colton, Maggie Boden responds to the Steve Grand on Kyran Dale debate, Conference Report by Alison Pease, Father Hacker


Issue 107: Winter 2001

Kyran Dale responds to Steve Grand, Reviews - Thoughts on The Battle of the Robots’ and Thinks, Father Hacker


Issue 106: Autumn 2001

Letter from Steve Grand, Review - AI, Father Hacker


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Issue 102

Summer/Autumn 1999

AISB99: Creativity in the arts and Sciences, Papers on creativity and perception in music, visual art, language and science


Issue 101

Winter/Spring 1999

Artificial Intelligence in The Real World: The UK AI Industry, interviews by Blay Whitby.


Issue 100

Summer 1998

Alison Adam and Frances Grundy guest edit Woman in Artificial Intelligence and Computing.


Issue 99

Winter/Spring 1998

Steve Torrance guest edits Consciousness and Computation in the first refereed issue. Inman Harvey on the 'doom and gloom' prediction of intelligent machines and mankind.


Issue 98

Summer/Autumn 1997

AISB97: The Third Tutorial and Workshop Series. Report on Chris Burton's team Rebuilding the Manchester Mark I. ECAL97 Report


Issue 97

Spring 1997

Terry Dartnall on Artificial Intelligence in Australia - Janet Wiles & Devin McAuley on Functional Components of Artificial Neural Networks


Issue 96

Winter 1996

Inman Harvey et al. on The Representation Debate


Issue 95

Summer 1996

AISB96: The Second Tutorial and Workshop Series


Issue 94

Winter 1995

Linda C van der Gaag guest edits Bayesian Belief Networks


Issue 93

Autumn 1995

Jon Spragg guest edits Artificial Intelligence and Simulation


Issue 92

Summer 1995

Paul McKevitt & Rob Gaizauskas on AISB95: The 10th Biennial Conference on AI and Cognitive Science


Issue 91

Spring 1995

F.E Ritter & N.P Major on Useful Mechanisms for Developing Simulations for Cognitive Models - C Le Pape et al. on Time-Versus-Capacity Compromises in Project Scheduling - R Murray Jones on Revisiting the Outspoken King


Issue 90

Winter 1994

Farath Arshad guest edits on Applications of AI in Social Sciences and Humanities - J McMahon & FJ Smith on Structural Tags, Annealing and Automatic Word Classification


Issue 89

Autumn 1994

Terry Fogarty on Evolutionary Computing - PMD Gray on Very Large Scale Knowledge Bases And Knowledge Re-Use.


Issue 88

Summer 1994

Ann Blandford & Hyacinth S Nwana organise AISB94: 1st Biennial Workshop Series - B Gorayska & J Marsh on Mutual Knowledge, Metapuzzles, and Wisemen.


Issue 87

Spring 1994

Dave Cliff guest edits AI and Artificial Life - Marvin Minsky on Language and Its Expression


Issue 86

Winter 1993

Nicholas Andrews & John Brown on A High-Speed Natural Language Parser - R Murray Jones & Rolf George on Why Must the King Speak Out? - Linda Van der Gaag & Maria Wessels on Selective Evidence Gathering for Diagnostic Belief Networks - Andy Holyer on Wandering the WWW


Issue 85

Autumn 1993

Terry Dartnall guest edits AI and Creativity


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