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Report on the Twenty-Second International FLAIRS Conference.

Continuing a long tradition, the Twenty-Second International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference took place 19-21 May 2009 at the Sundial Beach and Golf Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA. Contributions to the conference, in the form of papers and posters, came from 32 countries. Most of them originated in the USA, but there was also a strong presence of papers and posters from Germany, Canada, France, Japan, and Poland. The call for papers attracted 158 paper submissions, 40 to the general conference and 118 to the 10 special tracks. The international program committees of FLAIRS-22 and its tracks finally accepted 85 papers (21 from the general conference and 64 from the special tracks) that appeared in the proceedings published by AAAI Press. On top of that, they accepted 29 submissions as poster papers (6 from the general conference and 23 from the special tracks), which were presented during a special poster session on the first day of the conference. The best paper award went to William Eberle and Lawrence Holder for "Discovering Anomalies to Multiple Normative Patterns in Structural and Numeric Data," the best student paper to Zsolt Kira for "Mapping Grounded Object Properties across Perceptually Heterogeneous Embodiments," and the best poster award to Rene Alejandro Venegas for "Towards a Method for Assessing Summaries in Spanish Using LSA."

In addition to the diverse assortment of papers submitted to the conference, FLAIRS featured an excellent set of keynote speakers: Eugene Freuder of the University College Cork, presented a talk on "The Ubiquity of Constraints," Arthur Graesser of the University of Memphis spoke on "AutoTutor and the World of Pedagogical Agents: Intelligent Tutoring Systems with Natural Language Dialogue," and Jan Wiebe of the University of Pittsburgh presented a talk called "Subjectivity Analysis." Several of the special tracks also featured invited talks from distinguished researchers in the track areas: James Pustejovsky of Brandeis University, with a talk on "Linguistic Ontologies for Time and Space," Vincent Aleven of Carnegie Mellon University, with a talk on "CTAT: Efficiently Building Real-world Intelligent Tutoring Systems through Programming by Demonstration," and Ashok K. Goel of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a talk on "Multimodal Case-Based Reasoning."


Overall the program shows that FLAIRS continues to be a major forum for the presentation of research results in artificial intelligence, primarily for U.S.-based researchers but also for researchers abroad. The Twenty-Third International FLAIRS Conference (FLAIRS-23) will be held 19-21 May 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. Information about FLAIRS-23, including the call for papers, is available online at

Hans W. Guesgen is a professor of computer science at the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology of Massey University in New Zealand. His research areas include ambient intelligence, smart environments, and spatiotemporal reasoning. He holds doctorates from the University of Kaiserslautern (1988) and the University of Hamburg (1993) in Germany.

H. Chad Lane is a research scientist at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. He conducts research in the areas of intelligent tutoring systems, cognitive science, serious games, and the learning sciences with a particular focus on the use of virtual humans for learning in ill-defined domains. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004.
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Title Annotation:Reports; Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference
Author:Guesgen, Hans W.; Lane, H. Chad
Publication:AI Magazine
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:Dec 22, 2009
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