Proceedings Abstracts of the Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Subbarao Kambhampati, Gerhard Brewka

IJCAI-2016 is different from earlier conferences in the IJCAI series in various respects. It is the first conference of its kind taking place one year after the last IJCAI (and the first-ever leap year one!). In our view one of the major roles of the flagship AI conference is to provide a forum for reintegrating diverse subfields of AI. For this reason we decided not to have vertical special tracks this year: that is, special tracks divided along specific subtopics such as knowledge representation, machine learning, planning and the like. We did introduce a horizontal special track, though, namely the AI and Web track. This track was chaired by Evgeniy Gabrilovich and Mausam and represents one of the most exciting current application areas for a broad range of AI techniques.