GCS Agile's Chief Data Scientist Dickson Lukose recently served as the General Co-Chair, and attended, PRICAI 2016 in Phuket, Thailand from August 22-26. Dickson worked in coordination with his co-chair Professor Thanaruk Theeramunkong (Thammasat University, Thailand) to organise the conference and also served as a member of the steering committee, which is responsible for the strategic direction of PRICAI activities in the Asia Pacific region
PRICAI is a series of biennial international conferences which concentrate on AI theories, technologies and their application in the areas of social and economic importance for countries in the Pacific Rim. The conference series has been hosted throughout the Pacific Rim over the past 28 years at numerous venues, including Australian based conferences in Cairns (1996), Melbourne (2000) and the Gold Coast (2014).
The series aims to strengthen the AI research community, which includes researchers, educators, practitioners, and users, by providing a stage to exchange ideas and research results, as well as provide opportunities to collaborate among several parties in artificial intelligence research.
This year, there were 53 technical papers presented from 25 countries. The conference was also accompanied by 7 workshops and 4 tutorials. We had 5 keynote address: “Global Data Warming for AI Spring” by Sheng-Chuan Wu (Franz Inc., Silicon Valley, USA); “From AdaBoost to Optimal Margin Distribution Machines” by Zhi-Hua Zhou (Nanjing University, China); “Agent-based Modelling and Simulation for Cooperative Traffic and Transport” by Joerg P. Mueller (Clausthal University of Technology, Germany); “Intercultural Collaboration: Human Aware Research on Multiagent Systems” by Toru Ishida (Kyoto University, Japan); “Argumentation for Practical Reasoning by Phan Minh Dung (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand).