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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2017

IPFW Hosts Conference on Modern Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will host the 28th Modern Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (MAICS) Conference April 28–29 in the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center, located at 1528 E. California Road on the west side of the IPFW campus.

The conference will begin on Friday with registration at 1:30 p.m., and end on Saturday with the final presentation at 6 p.m. Event details and the full schedule can be found at the MAICS website.

The theme of the event is Hybrid Human/Machine Reasoning. There will be two keynote speakers at the conference. Selmer Bringsjord, chair of the cognitive science department and director of the Rensselaer AI and Reasoning Lab, will present Inaugurating the Formal Science of Darwin’s Mistake. Bringsjord will discuss Darwin’s idea that humans and animals share cognitive abilities like reasoning and the debate that surrounds this idea. He recasts the debate in the language of the formal sciences.

John Hummel, professor of psychology and director of the Relational Reasoning Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, will present What Happened to the Human Brain? Hummel will discuss what happened during evolution that made it possible for the human brain to reason about relations, and how the resulting algorithms account for aspects of human thinking.

The conference is also set to provide a forum for students, faculty, and researchers to test ideas, report results, and learn what other people are doing in related fields.

The conference comes to IPFW thanks to John Licato and Aleshia Hayes, assistant professors of computer science, who received the first national conference funding sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Institute for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors.

Seating is limited. Those interested in attending should email MAICS@ipfw.edu.  

For additional information, call John Licato, assistant professor of computer science, at 260-481-6343 or licatoj@ipfw.edu, or Aleshia Hayes, assistant professor of computer science, 260-481-6867, hayesa@ipfw.edu.  

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