AAAI 2008


AI Education Colloquium

Welcome to the home page for the AAAI 2008 AI Education Colloquium.

This meeting explored resources and curricula that effectively engage
a wide range of audiences with artificial intelligence in all of its forms.

Thank you!

for making the workshop on July 13, 2008 a success!
This page will serve as a hub for the resources from that workshop.
If you would like to add anything, please just email me at

Discussion summaries

This link contains an outline of ideas from our discussions
as well as survey results from our break-out session.


Thanks! to Prof. Hong Jiang of Benedict College for taking and posting
these images from our colloquium and AAAI in general.

Talks, Posters, and Links

AAAI allows authors to post papers on personal web pages, but not in a repository such as this site.
We link those personal web pages, slides, and material related to each talk here.
Feel free to email Zach Dodds at if you'd like something added.

AI Colloquium ~ Sunday July 13, 2008

9:00am - 10:30am: Session


AI colloquium welcome and introductions

Event Organizers, Kiri Wagstaff, Zach Dodds, and Haym Hirsh


AIspace: Interactive Tools for Learning Artificial Intelligence

Byron Knoll, Jacek Kisynski, Giuseppe Carenini, Cristina Conati, Alan Mackworth, David Poole, University of British Columbia   slides   poster   paper


Leveraging the Singularity: Introducing AI to Liberal Arts Students

Jim Marshall, Sarah Lawrence College


Emotional Computation in Artificial Intelligence Education

Sara Sood, Pomona College   materials


Break-out discussion: The challenges of teaching AI: which can we mitigate and which are inevitable?

10:30am - 11:00am: Coffee break

11:00am - 12:30pm: Session


Web Crawling as an AI Project

Christopher H. Brooks, University of San Fransisco


Teaching Forward-Chaining Planning with JAVAFF

Andrew Coles, Maria Fox, Derek Long, Amanda Smith, University of Strathclyde


Low-Cost Localization for Educational Robotic Platforms via an External Fixed-Position Camera

Drew Housten, William Regli, Drexel University   slides


Just Add Wheels: Leveraging Commodity Laptop Hardware for Robotics and AI Education

Jonathan Kelly, Jonathan Binney, Arvind Pereira, Omair Khan, Gaurav S. Sukhatme, University of Southern California   slides


Discussion: Big projects vs. smaller assignments: either, neither, or both?

12:40pm - 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Quick Talks - followed by the demo/poster session


Using surveyor robots to motivate CS1 students

John Cummins, M. Q. Azhar, Elizabeth Sklar, City University of New York Brooklyn College   slides


Making Nifty Assignments Niftier and Not So Nifty Assignments Nifty with Online Technologies

Susan Imberman, City University of New York, Staten Island   slides


A Cyber-Infrastructure for Supporting K-12 Engineering Education thorough Robotics

William Mongan, William Regli, Drexel University   slides


A Pedagogical Framework for Modeling and Simulating Intelligent Agents and Control Systems

Dan Tappan, Idaho State University   slides


Making Intelligent Walking Robots Accessible to Educators: A Brain and Sensor Pack for Legged Mobile Robots

Jerry Weinberg, William Yu, Kim Wheeler-Smith, Robin Knight, Ross Mead, Ian Bernstein, Jeff Croxell, Doug Webster, of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Road Narrows Robotics, LLC   slides


Teaching Artificial Intelligence Playfully

Michael Zyda, Sven Koenig, University of Southern California


Making Research Tools Accessible for All AI Students

Zach Dodds, Christine Alvarado, Harvey Mudd College, and Sara Sood, Pomona College   slides


Teaching Forward-Chaining Planning with JAVAFF

Andrew Coles, University of Strathclyde


AIspace: Interactive Tools for Learning Artificial Intelligence

Alan Mackworth, University of British Columbia

2:45pm - 3:30pm: Demonstrations and Poster presentations

3:30pm - 4:00pm: Coffee break

4:00pm - 5:30pm: Session


Gridworld Search and Rescue: A Project Framework for a Course in Artificial Intelligence

Eric Eaton, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Developing a text-based MMORPG to motivate students in CS1

Richard Barnes, Maria Gini, University of Minnesota   slides


A Multi-Agent Team Formation Framework for Classroom Instruction

Adam Anthony, Marie desJardins, Steve Martin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Discussion: What should be the future of AI education - and what's the first step?

Older AI Colloquium Materials

Call for papers    html version    pdf version

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 7, 2008
Acceptance notification: April 21, 2008
Final versions due: May 5, 2008

Online Resources

AI Education Colloquium home:
AAAI 2008 workshop program:
AAAI 2008:

Call for papers

We invite submissions to AAAI 2008's AI Education colloquium.

The colloquium on AI Education creates a forum where teaching techniques, curricular resources, and innovations in teaching AI are shared broadly, with an overarching goal of improving AI education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. To this end, the colloquium welcomes paper submissions on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to the following:

Submission Guidelines

Papers between 2-6 pages should be submitted by April 7, 2008.
Please email submissions in .pdf or .doc format to

Although initial submissions need not follow a particular style, final versions of accepted papers (due May 5, 2008) must follow AAAI formatting guidelines for publication, available at . AAAI will publish the AI Education colloquium proceedings as a technical report. In addition, selected topics from the colloquium may be presented within a panel session or as posters at AAAI 2008.

The AI Teaching Forum

This colloquium is a centerpiece of the AAAI 2008 Teaching Forum, a series of AAAI events that create a "teaching track" through the conference. Four events constitute the Teaching Forum: this colloquium, a video session track, a panel in the main technical program, and a subset of the conference's poster presentations.

Please address any questions, concerns, or comments to

Zachary Dodds (
Haym Hirsh (
Kiri Wagstaff (
   co-chairs, AAAI Education Colloquium, 2008