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Gonzaga Hosts Artificial Intelligence Conference April 26

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Artificial intelligence researchers from Spokane and as far away as Japan will convene at Gonzaga University on April 26 for the 25th annual Modern Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference. Registration for the event, sponsored by OMRON Global and Next It, is $50 (students with a registered participant register for free).

The international conference at Gonzaga’s School of Engineering and Applied Science will feature several presentations via Skype, a student paper competition and a presentation about intelligent robots with a live demonstration of a humanoid robot. View the full program online.

Paul De Palma, professor of computer science at Gonzaga, and conference co-chair, said the purpose of the event is to promote artificial intelligence for the next generation of researchers and students.

“This is an academic conference but it is also for people who have a general interest in artificial intelligence, which encompasses technologies as varied as automatic speech recognition such as Siri, the computer-generated voice on Apple’s iPhone, Google’s self-driving car, and robotics.  It includes all manner of things at the cutting edge of what, in computing, falls under this very large umbrella called artificial intelligence,” De Palma said.

The symposium will include talks by experts from Asia and throughout the United States, including presenters from Spokane-based Next It, a company involved in commercial applications of speech and language processing.

“The conference has historically been held in the Midwest,” De Palma said. “This time around, we hope to generate interest locally and throughout the Inland Northwest.”

Atsushi Inoue, professor of management information systems at Eastern Washington University, is program chair. Professor Paul Schimpf, chair of the EWU computer science department, is publicity chair.

For more information, please contact Paul De Palma at (509) 313-3908 or via email.

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