RLAI Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence (RLAI)
Debate announcement

The ambition of this web page is to reproduce the email announcement that was widely distributed prior to the debate.

Next in the iCORE Lectures:
 An Alberta-wide interactive debate
 where the audience is invited to participate.
 Everyone welcome!




 Should artificially intelligent robots
 have the same rights as people?

 Wednesday October 13, 2004 at 4 pm
 in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge

 Jonathan Schaeffer

 Tom Keenan
 Michael Stingl
 Rich Sutton

 Audience participation invited

 Interactive Locations
 Edmonton:  ETLC 2-001, University of Alberta
Calgary:  Biosciences 587, University of Calgary
Lethbridge:  PE 256, University of Lethbridge

 Reception to follow at all locations
Jonathan Schaeffer, iCORE Chair, High Performance Artificial Intelligence Systems, University of Alberta

 Dr Schaeffer is recognized as a world authority in artificial intelligence applied to computer games. He developed Chinook, the first program to win a human world championship in any game, an accomplishment that is noted in the Guinness Book of World Records. He also received an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie fellowship in 1997 for his influential games-related research. He is one of seven Canadians ever named a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and in Canada contributes substantially to the development of information technology both in Alberta and nationally. He has designed numerous algorithms that have achieved widespread use, and has published widely, including almost 100 refereed publications, a book, and two edited volumes.

Rich Sutton, iCORE Chair in Reinforcement Learning and Artificial Intelligence, University of Alberta

Dr Richard S. Sutton was born in Toledo, Ohio, and grew up in Oak Brook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He received a BA degree in psychology from Stanford University in 1978, and MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Massachusetts in 1980 and 1984. He worked for nine years at GTE Laboratories in Waltham as principal investigator of their connectionist machine-learning project, and for three years at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst as a research scientist in the computer science department. In 1998-2002 Dr Sutton worked at AT&T Labs in Florham Park, New Jersey. He is the author of the original paper on temporal-difference learning and, with Andrew Barto, of the textbook Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction. He is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Tom Keenan, University Professor, Continuing Education, University of Calgary

Tom Keenan has parallel careers as a university professor and journalist. He is an award winning teacher and broadcaster and serves as Technology Correspondent for CBC Radio and Television. At the University of Calgary, he teaches courses in Computer Security and the Social Implications of Technology, and has pioneered delivery of graduate level courses via the Internet. A computer scientist by training, he was educated at Columbia University, receiving B.A., M.Sc., M.A. and Ed.D. degrees, and did additional study at Harvard University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at both the University of Calgary and the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.

Michael Stingl, Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Lethbridge

Michael Stingl received an Honors BA in Philosophy and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, and his MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. His research interests include evolution and ethics; euthanasia and other end of life issues; and the just allocation of health resources. He teaches ethics and applied ethics, including evolutionary approaches to ethics, biomedical ethics, feminist ethics, and environmental ethics; women's studies; and liberal education.

 Mary Anne Moser
 Director of Communications
 Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE)
 tel (403) 949-3306
 fax (403) 949-3320
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