- January 24, 2015

Artificial Intelligence Open House Monday


Soccer-playing robots, tour-guiding robots, the Jeopardy-champion-beating AI system IBM Watson, and Cepheus the poker-playing robot are among the stars of the robotics world who Austin residents can see and interact with at an Artificial Intelligence Open House happening all day Monday.

Every year the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence holds its international conference for experts in robotics and smart machines, but this year, conference organizers decided to try something new with a free public event for high school students, families and the public at large. In conjunction with the conference this week in Austin, AI experts will be on hand to answer questions and conduct demos at the event on Barton Springs Road.

Demos and exhibits include:

  • The Austin Villa UT Austin Robocop Soccer Champions
  • Game-playing program offerings, including Angry Birds and Go & Hex
  • Eye-Motion Sensors
  • Virtual agent exhibits, including a crowd-powered interactive narrative generation
  • Search and rescue robots that helped in disasters such as Hurricane Katrina
  • At 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., keynote speakers from the University of California, Berkeley and Rice University will respond to critiques of artificial intelligence, including comments from public figures like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk about what advances in artificial intelligence could mean for the human race. 

The Artificial Intelligence Open House runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is requested here.

Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs
Austin, Texas, USA, 78704