The first day of the conference comprises a range of workshops, to be held on Monday 10th December. Delegates will find these events to be especially valuable where there is a current need to consider the introduction of new AI technologies into their own organisations.
There will be four half-day workshops plus an all-day workshop (the Twelfth UK CBR Workshop). Delegates are free to choose any combination of morning and afternoon sessions to attend. The programme of workshops is shown below. Note that the morning session starts at 11 a.m. (later than in some previous years) to reduce the need for delegates to stay in Cambridge on Sunday night. There is a lunch break from 12.30-13.15 and there are refreshment breaks from 14.45-15.15 and from 16.45-17.00.
Stream 1 - Morning (11.00-12.30 and 13.15-14.45 Music Room)
Type-2 Fuzzy Logic and the Modelling of Uncertainty
Chairs: Prof. Bob John and Dr Francisco Chiclana, Centre for Computational Intelligence, De Montfort University
Fuzzy logic is a well established technique for modelling uncertainty with a wide variety of applications. However, these applications lie mainly in control. The view presented in this workshop is that type-1 fuzzy logic is not good at modelling some uncertainties when trying to ape human decision making. This workshop introduces the notion of type-2 fuzzy logic which allows us to tackle higher order uncertainties. It firstly provides an overview of (type-1) fuzzy logic describing the notion of a fuzzy set, fuzzy operations and fuzzy systems. The second half will provide the definitions and mathematics required to develop type-2 fuzzy logic systems and will discuss some successful applications.
Stream 1 - Afternoon (15.15-16.45 and 17.00-18.30 Music Room)
Chairs: Prof. David Brown and Dr Lindsay Evett, Nottingham Trent University
There is conflicting evidence regarding the effectiveness of video and computer games in education. When games are designed specifically for educational purposes (serious games) there is a growing body of evidence that such approaches can have beneficial effects. This workshop will explore various approaches to the design and application of serious games that are demonstrating success; including serious games for the education and engagement of offenders, message framing in games for sexual health education of young people, games based learning approaches for people with severe learning disabilities and constructivist games based learning approaches for young people. The workshop will involve interactive demonstrations of these projects and group discussion of other potential applications and the role of artificial intelligence.
Stream 2 - Morning (11.00-12.30 and 13.15-14.45 Upper Hall)
Artificial Intelligence in Education
Chairs: Dr Maria Fasli, University of Essex and Dr Colin Price, University of Worcester
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been incorporated into the curriculum of Computer Science degree schemes for a number of years now at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Despite the fact that the underlying research areas have developed over the years, teaching artificial intelligence and related topics presents a number of problems such as a heavy influence of one's own research expertise and specialization in deciding the content of such courses and a lack of standard methodologies and tools that practitioners can employ for teaching topics in this area. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners that are interested in the teaching aspect of the field. The workshop will address issues specific to teaching AI including innovative approaches to learning and teaching AI, approaches for improving the students' learning experience, the integration of theory and practice and tools for supporting teaching and learning. The workshop will be a mixture of presentations and open discussions of the attendees.
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Stream 2 - Afternoon (15.15-16.45 and 17.00-18.30 Upper Hall)
Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management
Chairs: Dr Bob Berry, University of Nottingham and Professor Edward Tsang, University of Essex
The idea that intelligent systems have the potential to support the activities of managers in organisations has been around for a long time, and at first sight there is considerable evidence of that potential being realised. However, closer examination suggests that the engagement of intelligent systems researchers and practitioners with managers and management researchers is very limited. Examination of the intelligent systems literature suggests that many papers demonstrate the ability of a technique to handle a problem without considering either the importance of the problem or the issue of whether the technique adds value in any sense. Examination of the management journals and discussion with managers strongly suggests that intelligent systems are not relevant; they simply don't feature. The workshop aims to identify the important management problems and the intelligent systems approaches most likely to add value. The aim is to create a research agenda which will lead to the integration of intelligent systems into the practice of management and management research.
Stream 3 - All Day (11.00-12.30, 13.15-14.45, 15.15-16.45 and 17.00-18.30 Peterhouse Lecture Theatre)
Twelfth UK Case-Based Reasoning Workshop
Chair: Dr. Miltos Petridis, University of Greenwich, UK