About AAAI: Founded in 1979, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI aims to promote research in, and responsible use of, artificial intelligence. More details can be found at http://aaai.org/.
AAAI India Chapter:AI has been growing at an enormous pace and has been touching several aspects of life in the recent years with tremendous interest being showed both by academia and industry. India too needs focused effort in this direction if it has to sustain as a key contributor. India offers unique challenges and opportunities to AI researchers and AI-based industry, with its many languages, diverse population, and economic opportunities. The Kohli Centre on Intelligent Systems (KCIS) — established in 2015 at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad with a significant endowment from the Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) Foundation — initiated an effort to establish a AAAI chapter for India. Indian institutions have sizable research strength in areas like Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Robotics, Speech Processing, as well as in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Information Extraction.
The AAAI India chapter plans to promote activities such as monthly talks, technical workshops, summer/winter schools for researchers, courses on AI for K-12 students, etc. These will be held at different places in the country by volunteers from everywhere. The chapter aims to initiate several activities to foster AI research in India as well as its adoption by start ups and other industry. Please join the mailing list and be a part of the chapter's activities! The chapter is looking for volunteers from all parts of the country and all walks of the profession.
There is no separate membership fee for AAAI India chapter. If you are a AAAI member and are based in India you are a AAAI India chapter member! Please enter your details in this form to enroll in the chapter mailing list. If you are not yet a AAAI member, follow the link to become one immediately! The AAAI yearly membership fees is USD 20 (Twenty dollars) for regular and USD 18 for students from India.
Inauguration of the chapter: The AAAI India chapter was inaugurated on 2nd June, 2017 at the KCIS auditorium in the IIIT Hyderabad campus. Prof Subbarao Kambhampati (Rao), the current president of AAAI, delivered a talk on "The Rise of Artificial Intelligence & the Challenges of Human-Aware AI Systems" wherein he placed the recent progress and heightened expectations of AI in a broader perspective. He also focused on the challenges in designing human-aware AI systems, including intent-recognition, proactive support, explainable behaviors and the ability to provide cogent explanations. Prof. P. J. Narayanan, Director of IIIT Hyderabad and Prof. Kamal Karlapalem, President of AAAI India chapter also spoke on the occasion.
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