Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that aims to create intelligent machines. In its practical manifestation it impacts through smart appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, ovens, industrial robots etc), web search, online businesses such as Amazon.com, friendly avatars, games and toys. Recall the chess-playing program Deep Blue developed by IBM that beat the world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. One of the remarkable advances in AI is the machine's ability to learn from a huge amount of data to do tasks such as human language translation, face recognition, financial forecasting, road traffic control, medical decision making, etc.
In the School of Computing, our AI group is actively involved in various aspects of AI research, particularly with respect to making machines learn to find interesting patterns, insightful knowledge, and support decision making and as well as planning strategies using information obtained from a host of sources. Our AI research is grouped into the following five main areas: