Conference Program Highlights

Conference Program Description

The IJCAI-01 Conference is composed of various complementary Programs:

Collocated Events

IJCAI-01 Official Opening

Ceremony and Reception

The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center on Monday, August 6, at 5:00 pm. The reception will be at the Museum of Flight, from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. The Opening Ceremony will be chaired by Hector Levesque, the Conference Chair of IJCAI-01. The reception will be hosted by The Boeing Company and Microsoft Corporation.

Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight captures the story of flight from the dawn of aviation to the Space Age and houses 54 of the world’s most historic airplanes — authentic and in mint condition. Dozens of full-size aircraft are suspended from the ceiling of the steel and glass Great Gallery and appear to fly overhead in formation. At ground level visitors can examine up close such intriguing airplanes as the Blackbird spy plane and America’s first presidential jet — the original Air Force One. The magnificently restored “Red Barn,” the birthplace of The

Boeing Company, is an 80 year-old step back in history. Yet, from the hands-on air traffic control tower exhibit, which overlooks Boeing Field, today’s prop planes and jumbo jets can be viewed coming and going.


IJCAI-01 Conference Banquet

Wednesday, August 8, 6:15-10:30 pm
Tillicum Village
Cost: $75 per person

The journey to Tillicum Village begins at Piers 55/56 on Seattle’s Grand Central Waterfront, where attendees will board a charter vessel to Blake Island at 6:15 pm. The cruise on Puget Sound out to the island arrives at about7:15 pm. Visitors will be greeted by a Native American drummer, and then enter the great cedar longhouse for an award-winning salmon feast. Tillicum Village salmon is cooked over an open fire on cedar stakes in the ancient Northwest Coast Native American fashion. Following dinner, banquet attendees will enjoy “Dance on the Wind,” a magnificent stage presentation that highlights some of the traditional dances, myths, and legends of the Northwest Coast in a magical and unforgettable setting. After “Dance on the Wind”, the natural riches of Blake Island State Park can be enjoyed on its beautiful beaches and trails.

The Tillicum Village facility, which is a traditionally styled Northwest Coast Native American cedar longhouse, has many artifacts on display. The Gift Gallery in the longhouse has items that represent several different tribes, as well as many unique items crafted by Tillicum Village staff members. At 9:30 pm attendees will board the chartered vessel at Blake Island marina for the return trip to Seattle and Piers 55/56, arriving back in Seattle at about 10:30 pm. The return trip offers magnificent views of the Seattle skyline from the beautiful waters of Elliott Bay.


Keynote Address

Bill Gates,

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Microsoft Corporation

AI in the Computing Experience: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, August 7 • 11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Bill Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its investment of more than $3 billion on research and development in the current fiscal year. Under Gates’ leadership, Microsoft’s mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology and to make it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers.


IJCAII Business Meeting

Thursday, August 9, 12:45-1:15 p.m.

The IJCAII Business Meeting is held at each IJCAI Conference to allow all conference registrants to share in the ongoing operation of IJCAI, Inc. Please join us for an update on the state of IJCAII and to express your views about the organization, as well as the future of IJCAI Conferences.


IJCAI-01 Special Meetings and Events

Thursday, August2
  4:00 p.m. Student Volunteer Meeting
  6:00 p.m. RoboCup Opening Reception
Sunday, August 5
  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. IJCAII Trustees Meeting
  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. AAAI Executive Council Meeting
Monday, August 6
12:45 -   2:00 p.m. AI Magazine Editorial Board Meeting
  5:45 -   6:00 p.m. IJCAI-01 Opening Ceremony
  6:30 -   9:00 p.m. IJCAI Opening Reception
Tuesday, August 7
12:45 -   2:00 p.m. AIJ Editorial Board Meeting
  5:45 -   6:45 p.m. IJCAI-01 Computers and Thought Lecture
  5:30 -   7:00 p.m. RoboCup Poster Session/Reception
  7:30 - 10:00 p.m. AAAI Fellows Dinner
Wednesday, August 8
  7:00 -  8:30 a.m. ECCAI Board Meeting
11:40 -  6:00 p.m. CP-2001 Program Committee Meeting
12:45 -  1:15 p.m. AAAI Annual Business Meeting
12:45 -  2:00 p.m. IJCAI Program Committee Lunch
  2:00 -  4:00 p.m. IJCAI Executive Committee Meeting
  6:15 -  6:45 p.m. IJCAI-01 Banquet
Thursday, August 9
  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon IJCAII Trustees Meeting (continuation)
12:45 -  1:15 p.m. IJCAII Annual Business Meeting
  5:45 -  6:45 p.m. IJCAI-01 Research Excellence Lecture
  6:00 -10:00 p.m. Robocup Farewell Dinner