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INVENTING THE FUTURE: AI and CS in the 21st Century
A Symposium in Honor of Raj Reddy's 60th Birthday

AI and Computer Science have had a profound impact on society during the last four decades. Carnegie Mellon hosted this symposium to coincide with and in honor of Raj Reddy's "Over the Hill" 60th Birthday. Raj has been an influential figure in the Computer Science Community at Carnegie Mellon and on the national scene. We used this occasion for reviewing the past successes and future challenges in AI and Computer Science.

The selection of topics for the symposium were limited to areas in which Raj has had substantial influence. The symposium used past successes and failures as a prologue for future opportunities in the 21st century in the areas of Speech, Vision, Language, Robotics, Digital Libraries, Computer Systems and AI Grand Challenges. The list of speakers included experts in these areas, who Raj has had an opportunity to interact with during the past 30 years.

Session 1: AI Grand Challenges
Session Chair: James Morris, Carnegie Mellon University

Edward Feigenbaum, Stanford University
Future of Information Technology
Ed Fredkin
The Long Range Future of Computation: Possibilities and Limitations
Herbert A. Simon, Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics' Growing Role in Cognitive Science
4 June 1998

Session 2: Speech Technologies
Session Chair: Roni Rosenfeld, Carnegie Mellon University

James Baker, Dragon Systems
Speech Recogntion: Where Do We Go From Here?
Victor Lesser, University of Massachusetts
Evolution of Hearsay-II (Blackboards) as an Architecture for
Interpretation Problems
Xuedong Huang, Microsoft Corporation
Can We Handle Unrestricted Dialogs?
4 June 1998

Luncheon Presentation
Introduction: William Scherlis, Carnegie Mellon University

Robert Kahn, Corporation for National Research Initiatives
The Evolution of High Speed Networking
4 June 1998

Session 3: Language Technologies
Session Chair: Richard Stern, Carnegie Mellon University

Victor Zue, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wreck a Nice Beach in Four Decades
Jaime Carbonell, Carnegie Mellon University
Cybernauts and Synthetic Documents: A Glimpse Beyond the Web
Wayne Ward, Carnegie Mellon University
Conversational Animated Agents: Interface to the Electronic World
4 June 1998

Session 4: Computer Vision
Session Chair: Chuck Thorpe, Carnegie Mellon University

Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University
The 3D Dome: Digitizing a 3D Time-Varying Events into a Computer
Katsushi Ikeuchi, University of Tokyo
Modeling from Reality
David McKeown, Carnegie Mellon University
Image Processing to Image Understanding, Signal to Symbol to
4 June 1998

Session 5: Digital Libraries
Session Chair: Mary Shaw, Carnegie Mellon University

Howard Wactlar, Carnegie Mellon University
Informedia Immortality-on-Demand: Searchable Video as a Form of
Personal Memory
Michael Shamos, Carnegie Mellon University
The Universal Information Resource: All the World's Knowledge
Robert H. Thibadeau, Carnegie Mellon University
Experiments with 100,000,000 People
4 June 1998

Panel Discussion
Session Chair: Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University
4 June 1998

Dinner Presentation

Introduction: Duane Adams, Carnegie Mellon University
Michael Dertourzos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
What Will Be...for Techies
4 June 1998

Session 6: Computer Systems
Session Chair: Daniel Siewiorek, Carnegie Mellon University

Roberto Bisiani, University of Milan
Parallel and Distributed Processing: Mere Routine or Exciting Future?
George Robertson, Microsoft Corporation
Leveraging Human Capabilities
Andreas Nowatzyk, Digital Equipment Corporation
1 Mouse = 17,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes: Computational Challenges
in High-Throughput Microscopy
5 June 1998

Session 7: Robotics
Session Chair: Pradeep Khosla, Carnegie Mellon University

Paul Wright, University of California at Berkeley
CyberCut: A Networked Manufacturing Service
Dean Pomerleau, Carnegie Mellon University
Life in the Fast Lane: Progress Towards Self Driving Cars
Mark Fox, University of Toronto
5 June 1998

Luncheon Presentation

Introduction: Angel Jordan, Carnegie Mellon University
Tom Murrin, Duquesne University
World Class Manufacturing and Global Leadership
5 June 1998

Concluding Thoughts
Raj Reddy, Carnegie Mellon University
5 June 1998

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