About IFIP TC12


TC12 “Artificial Intelligence” is one of the thirteen Technical Committees of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). IFIP was founded by UNESCO in 1960 to be an international, apolitical, independent organisation for information processing. TC12 was founded in 1989 and now contains seven working groups — see links on the left. A complete list of the other IFIP Technical Committees is on the IFIP site — see link on left.

Contacts

Chair

   Professor Ulrich Furbach [University of Koblenz, Germany] [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Vice-Chair

   Professor Max Bramer [University of Portsmouth, UK] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Vice-Chair

   Prof. Nenad Stefanovic [University of Kragujevac, Serbia] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary

   Prof. Elize Ehlers [University of Johannesburg, SAR] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Brief History

TC12 was established in 1989, at that point Artificial Intelligence was already a well established and vital field, with its own journals, conferences and transnational organizations. The original aim of TC12 (which was revised in 1991) was to promote research in Artificial Intelligence and the interdisciplinary exchange between Artificial Intelligence and other fields of information processing. TC12 held its first meeting in Bruges, Belgium, May 31 – June 1, 1991. A primary objective for TC12 has since then been to build workable relationships with the existing organizations and to make clear that IFIP represents added value to Artificial Intelligence. The first chairman of TC12 was Robert A Meersman (Belgium) and he actively contributed to creating and shaping of the original five Working Groups:  

  • WG 12.1 (Knowledge Representation — established in 1990)
  • WG 12.2 (Machine Learning — established in 1990)  
  • WG 12.3 (Reasoning Techniques — established in 1990)   
  • WG 12.4 (Natural Language Processing — established in 1990, revised in 1992)  
  • WG 12.5 (Knowledge Development of Application — established in 1993)

In 2003 Professor Max Bramer redesigned the working groups:

  • WG 12.1 (Knowledge Representation and Reasoning)
  • WG 12.2 (Machine Learning and Data Mining)   
  • WG 12.3 (Intelligent Agents)   
  • WG 12.4 (Semantic Web)   
  • WG 12.5 (Artificial Intelligence Applications)  
  • WG 12.6 (Knowledge Management)   
  • WG 12.7 (Computer Vision)

In 2008 Professor Max Bramer reduced the number of working groups:

  • WG 12.1 (Knowledge Representation and Reasoning)   
  • WG 12.2 (Machine Learning and Data Mining)  
  • WG 12.3 (Intelligent Agents)   
  • WG 12.4 (Semantic Web)   
  • WG 12.5 (Artificial Intelligence Applications)  
  • WG 12.6 (Knowledge Management)

In 2010 Professor Tharam Dillon redesigned the working groups as follows

  • WG 12.1 (Knowledge Representation and Reasoning)
  • WG 12.2 (Machine Learning and Data Mining)
  • WG 12.3 (Intelligent Agents)
  • WG 12.4 (Semantic Web)
  • WG 12.5 (Artificial Intelligence Applications)
  • WG 12.6 (Knowledge Management)
  • WG 12.7 (Social Networking Semantics and Collective Intelligence)
  • WG 12.8 (Intelligent Bioinformatics and Biomedical Systems)
  • WG 12.9 (Computational Intelligence)

Key Dates

1989
    TC12 Committee established
1989 – 1995
    Chair: Prof. Dr. Robert A. Meersman
1991
    Aims and scope for TC12 revised
1995 – 1997
    Chair: Professor Luigia Carlucci Aiello
1996 – 2002
    Webmaster: Dan O'Leary
1997 – 2003
    Chair: Professor Dr. Bernd Neumann
2003 – 2009
    Chair: Professor Max Bramer
2009 –
    Chair: Professor Tharam Dillon

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