Artificial Intelligence
Scientific Symposium about the beginnings, the present and the future of AI-research on the occasion of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bibel's 80th birthday

How can computers reason, learn and act? How can computers learn with less help from us and data? How can intelligent machines and robots cooperate and interact with us in the loop?

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bibel has founded the research area Artificial Intelligence at the former TH in Darmstadt in 1988. Since then, he has been working constantly to foster and enlarge it. Now, 2018, he celebrates his 80th birthday and Artifical Intelligence has become one of the most important topics in science.

The Department of Computer Science regards Prof. Bibel‘s jubilee as an opportunity to higlight the history as well as the current AI research and thereby paying tribute to a pioneer’s lifetime achievement.

On the occasion of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bibel’s 80th birthday, the alumni of his research group and CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe) discussed the beginnings, the present and the future of AI-research during the scientific symposium.

Symposium on Friday, 23 November 2018 in Darmstadt

9:30 – 10:15 Registration and reception

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome and introduction

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Katzenbeisser, Departmental Chairperson, Department of Computer Science, TU Darmstadt
  • Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting, Research Group Machine Learning | Head of TU Darmstadt's AIDA-Initiative
  • Prof. Dr. Holger Hoos, Research Group Machine Learning, University Leiden, NL | Co-Initiator CLAIRE

10:30 – 11:00 Laudatio

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster, Director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and Professor of Computer Science at Saarland University

11:00 – 12:15 Talks about the beginnings of AI-research

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Furbach, Universität Koblenz:
    Artificial Intelligence and Prof. Bibel's scientific career in Munich (in German)
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Siekmann, Universität Saarland:
    „Deduction in AI“ – in honour of Prof Bibel`s 80th birthday
  • Dr. Jens Otten, University of Oslo, Norway
    Bibel's Connection Method -- A General Framework for Automated Reasoning

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch break

1:30 – 3:00 Talks about current AI-research

  • Prof. Constantin A. Rothkopf, Ph.D., TU Darmstadt:
    Normative models of human behavior in cognitive science
  • Prof. Dr. Oskar von Stryk, TU Darmstadt:
    Intelligence Needs a Body
  • Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting, AI.DA, TU Darmstadt:
    Systems AI: Computational modeling of complex AI systems that learn and think
  • Dr. Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, Université de Bruxelles:
    Swarm Intelligence

3:00 – 3:45 Coffee break

4:00 – 4:20 Talk about the future of AI research

  • Prof. Dr. Holger Hoos, Universiteit Leiden, NL:
    Human in the Centre: The Future of AI in Europe and the CLAIRE Initiative

4:20 – 5:10 Panel discussion: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

  • Host: Alexander Armbruster, Senior Business and Finance Editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bibel
  • Prof. Dr. Holger Hoos
  • Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster

5:10 – 5:30 Closing words

Last changed: 20.11. 2018

Wolfgang Bibel is Professor emeritus for Intellectics at the Department of Computer Science of the Technische Universität Darmstadt. He also maintains an affiliation with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada as an Adjunct Professor. Before moving to Darmstadt in 1988, he was a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He also worked as a senior researcher at the Technical University in Munich and held visiting professorships at several universities (Rome, Duke, Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken, Wayne State a.o.).

Wolfgang Bibel received his PhD with a thesis in Mathematical Logic in 1968 and his Diploma in Mathematics in 1964 from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. His research history includes 200 publications as well as about 20 books and cover a variety of topics in Artificial Intelligence / Intellectics, such as automated deduction, architecture of deductive systems, knowledge representation and inference, planning, learning, program synthesis and aspects of applications of AI in disciplines like psychology, sociology, education and politics.

Professor Bibel served for many years on more than a dozen boards of journals and book series, for instance as Section Editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal. In the years 1992 through 1998, he coordinated the national program on Automated Deduction in Germany. He was heavily involved in the foundation of Artificial Intelligence research and organization in Germany and Europe, for instance from 1982-1986 as founding president of ECCAI, the European AI organization and in 1987-1989, he served as President of IJCAII, the International Joint Conferences for Artificial Intelligence Inc.

Source: Intellektik