SICSA Artificial Intelligence Research Theme Meet-Up

Date(s) - 09/12/2016
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Edinburgh Napier University

The first general meet-up of the new SICSA Artificial Intelligence Research Theme will take place on Friday 9 December at Edinburgh Napier University.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a broad area: it covers reasoning, planning, knowledge representation, sensory perception, language understanding, learning, optimisation and other related areas, and has been approached in a variety of ways, ranging from biologically inspired ideas (including neural networks), to logic (of various sorts), to emulation of experts.

The aim of this, and future theme meetings are:

  • Strengthen research collaborations between SICSA members working in AI and related disciplines, leading to long-lasting interdisciplinary research partnerships;
  • Stimulate improved collaboration between the various research sub-groups to identify new and emerging research areas;
  • Share  knowledge, expertise and tools to enhance AI research

The schedule for the day is:  

0930-1000: Arrival and coffee

1000-1010: Welcome address from Principal of Napier University

1010-1030: Introduction to the day: aim of the meeting, and outline of the day: LSS and EH

1030-1115: Research Snapshots Session 1 (PechaKucha[1])

1115-1140: Coffee

1140-1225: Research Snapshots session 2 (PechaKucha)

1225-1250: Collation of Delegates Research Topics (Well-sorted[2])

1250-1400: Lunch

1400-1415: Research Topics: Grouping (Well-sorted stage 2)

1415-1500: Research Snapshots session 3 (Pecha-Kucha)

1500-1505: Research Topic Groups revealed (Well-sorted stage 3)

1505-1600: Coffee and Group discussions

1600-1640: Feedback from groups

1640-1700: Summing up, and discussion of next stage for AI Theme

1700 onwards: delegates retire to nearby hostelry to continue discussions.

[1] For information of PekkaKucha, see

[2] For more information on Well sorted, see

The Research Theme Leaders for Artificial Intelligence are Professor Emma Hart  ( and Professor Leslie Smith (

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