In June 1st, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) held a workshop to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Portuguese Chapter.Entitled “Artificial Intelligence in the 21st century: What are the new challenges?”, the event was organized by Ana Madureira (IEEE Portugal Section Chair) and Prof. João Calado (CIS Portuguese Chapter Chair). It began with two presentations about the past and present of AI given by Prof. José Carlos Quadrado (ISEP Vice-President and founder of the CIS Portuguese Chapter) and Prof. Inês Dutra (Faculty of Science, University of Porto). The two presentations were followed by a discussion regarding the workshop’s main topic.
The panel’s members included several leading figures of the Portuguese Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientific community namely Prof. Alípio M. Jorge (Faculty of Science, University of Porto / LIAAD), Prof. Ernesto Costa (Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra), Prof. Miguel Calejo (Minho University /APPIA), Prof. Pavel Brazdil (Faculty of Economy, University of Porto) and Prof. Vladimiro Miranda (Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto/INESC TEC).
During the debate, there were several different perspectives concerning the role of AI and Computational Intelligence such as human reasoning and bio-inspired technologies.
The debate shifted to the question of whether the AI is in fact present in our daily lives, and if so to what extent. New challenges inherent to AI were presented. The need for legal regulation of AI activities was also raised, particularly regarding Big Data analysis. Other challenges were pointed out like Multi-agent cooperative scenarios and signal processing integration.
The event involved more than 50 people, among which IEEE members, guests and students, and it ended with a get-together lunch between the speakers.