AISB 2000: Time for AI and Society


Old Announcement (AISB'00)

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) is pleased to announce its forthcoming 2000 Convention.

Dates: Monday 17 April to Thursday 20 April 2000
Location: University of Birmingham, England
Format: Seven parallel symposia
Four invited plenary lectures

Note that the events are open to all paying registrants and are not restricted to those presenting papers.

AISB'00 Symposia Convention Timetable & Location Invited Speakers Registration Information Accommodation Information Pre-Proceedings & Instructions to Authors

The title alludes to the present time of change in society at large, as symbolised by the new millennium. It is timely for AI to contribute further to society, including its work environments and leisure worlds; it is timely for AI to intensify its study of society (e.g. in the form of societies of artificial agents, and societal aspects of cognition); and it is timely for AI to make further advances in dealing with issues of time and change themselves (for instance, in the way they arise in multi-agent and learning scenarios).

The convention will consist of seven partially-parallel symposia and 4 invited plenary lectures, following the model of the successful AISB-99 Convention in Edinburgh.

Invited Plenary Lectures by :

Local organisation and oversight of the programme will be by Professor John A. Barnden and Dr. Mark Lee of the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham. The symposia will have their own separate organisers and programme committees.

The University and City

The University of Birmingham is a major civic university founded in 1900 with about 18,000 students of whom about 25% are postgraduates. It is both research-led and research-leading.

The university is located on a pleasant and spacious campus, in a leafy area a few miles south of the recently redeveloped City Centre and yet only a short drive away from beautiful countryside. The campus has a small railway station adjacent to it, connecting to the city centre and to towns south of Birmingham. The city is well placed for access to all parts of the UK, and is two hours by rail from London. It has an international airport.

The city boasts excellent programmes of classical music, ballet and theatre. Also, Stratford-upon-Avon with its world-renowned theatrical productions is only a 40-minute drive from the campus. The University also offers high-quality artistic, theatrical and musical venues.

Further information on the City of Birmingham and its attractions is available at Birmingham Convention and Visitor Bureau


We have booked a University Hall of Residence during the conference. Single rooms cost £ 27.91 per night with breakfast included. However numbers are limited and preference will be given to students. Information on booking a room for the period of the conference is available

Alternative accommodation can be booked via the Birmingham Convention and Visitor Bureau (tel: 0121-780-4321, fax: 0121-780-4260, email: Please mention AISB'00 and the University of Birmingham in any correspondence.

The Bureau has arranged limited numbers of rooms at reduced prices at a broad range of hotels for participants at University of Birmingham events during 2000. For a booking form containing a list of the hotels and reduced prices please contact us or the Bureau. Bookings at the reduced prices can be made using that form, using the Bureau's standard booking form on their website, or by fax or phone to the Bureau. Please specify that you wish to have the special University of Birmingham hotel rates. Note: the reduced prices can not be obtained by booking direct with the hotels.

We regret that we cannot ourselves handle hotel bookings. But please tell us if you cannot find a hotel room at a suitable rate -- we may be able to offer advice.

Particpants should note that it would be convenient to stay at hotels near the city centre because of the train line from New Street station to the campus station (which is just called "University"). The journey takes only a few minutes and there are trains every 15 minutes for most of the day.

Contact Information:
Dr. Mark Lee,
School of Computer Science,
University of Birmingham,
B15 2TT.

last modified 13th February 2001

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