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My research interests include:

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    Agent Programming

  • Intelligent Health-Care Support
  • Modelling of Biological Systems and Processes
  • Resource and Location Concepts in Logics
  • Concurrency Theory
  • (Object) Petri Nets
  • Formal Methods

I am Chair of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).

Associate Editor of the international journal Connection Science published by Taylor and Francis.

I organised an international workshop series on Logics, Agents, and Mobility (LAM):

Following four successful LAM workshops at Hamburg in 2008, Los Angeles in 2009, Edinburgh in 2010, Aachen in 2011, for the fifth edition LAM returned to Hamburg  as a satellite workshop of Petri Nets 2012. The last of the series, LAM’13, was a by-invitation-only symposium.

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Press Release on the House of Lords Select Committee Report on AI

PRESS RELEASE

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) welcomes the comprehensive report by the House of Lords Select Committee on AI published on 16 April 2018 following a consultation process in the autumn of 2017 to which AISB submitted written evidence. AISB fully supports the key messages conveyed by the principles for an AI Code postulated therein and agrees that AI should be used for the common good and benefit of humanity (Principle 1). AISB would like to emphasise Principle 2 requiring explainable or intelligible AI be made compulsory for AI-based decision support in certain critical areas, as stated in #94 of the report. Principle 5, restricting AI’s autonomous power to hurt, destroy or deceive human beings also finds our full support.

However, some phrases in the principles published as #147 in the report ought to be modified to acknowledge that AI technologies are tools developed by humans. We don’t ‘work alongside AI’, we use AI to achieve certain goals or outcomes, just as with any other human-made tool. Granting AI an independent human-like existence, even through casual use of language, sets us on a dangerous course towards machines becoming moral patients; things to which we owe some moral duty. For example, Principle 2 should be amended to read ‘AI should be designed to operate on principles …’ to clarify that people are responsible for the design and operation of AI systems.

Also, Principles 3 and 4 warrant some comment:

AI cannot legally be used to diminish rights or privacy if applied according to existing or future data protection regulations and other legislation as long as there is human responsibility for the AI. We do not recommend granting any AI human rights (and responsibilities), not least since this will inevitably open up legal loopholes.

A right to education in the sense of Principle 4 needs to be aided by a counterpart stating certain restrictions to AI. A right for humans to receive the education to flourish economically without further explanation is not helpful, since often the use of AI is economically motivated. It is important that humans should use AI-based tools to tackle important problems as efficiently as possible while having been given the skills to enable them to remain economically sustainable individuals. It is important to point out that the possibilities of flourishing mentally, and emotionally refer to human attributes that should not be hindered by any AI tool, nor should education of humans be lessened by any constraints imposed by (the intent to use) artificial intelligence.

Dr Bertie Müller (AISB Chair), 16 April 2018

http://aisb.org.uk/news/174-lordsai

The Select-Committee report can be found here (HTML): Report of Session 2017-19 – AI in the UK: ready, willing and able? or as PDF: PDF version Report of Session 2017-19 – AI in the UK: ready, willing and able? ( PDF )

Panelist at TFM 2017

On 27 September I will be one of the panelists at the Technology for Marketing conference held at the Olympia in London. We will be discussing the role of AI in marketing. Here are the details the panel:

Panellists:

  • Jeremy Waite, Evangelist, IBM Watson
  • Parry Malm, CEO, Phrasee
  • Tom Smith, Senior Manager, Product Marketing EMEA, Salesforce
  • Berndt Müller, Chair, AISB (Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour)

Moderated by:

Roland van Breukelen, Director Customer Engagement & Commerce, SAP Hybris

Loebner Prize 2015

On 19 September the 25th annual Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence was held at Bletchley Park. Dr Bertie Müller, Senior Lecture in Computing at the University of South Wales and Chairman of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), organised this event with the help of further AISB-Committee members for the second time running. Bertie was interviewed by BBC News (broadcast live at 10:28 on 19 September) from Bletchley Park talking about the competition and how the Turing Test was relevant to us more than 60 years after its first publication. The interview and further BBC coverage was part of the week-long Intelligent Machines season across the BBC TV and radio channels. Throughout the day further coverage of the event was provided by the BBC News channel, Sky News, and CBS.
Some of the BBC coverage of the event is archived here and in related posts.

Furthermore, Bertie is quoted in the New Scientist article entitled “Forget the Turing test – there are better ways of judging AI” suggesting alternatives to the Turing Test as a measure of (machine) intelligence.

None of the chatbots managed to fool any of the judges. The prize for the most human-like machine went to Rose (developed by Bruce Wilcox).

Finalists

Steve Worswick
Brian Rigsby
Bruce Wilcox
Ken Hurturbise

Judges
Jacob Aaron – Physical sciences reporter for New Scientist
Rory Callan – Jones
Technology correspondent for the BBC
Brett Marty
 – Film Director and Photographer
Ariadne Tampion – Independent Writer and Thinker

Confederates
Paul Beesley
 – Software Engineer at ARM
Emily Jones
 – Admissions registrar at Moorlands School, Leeds
Paul Sobek
 – Software Engineer at Imagination Technologies
Chris Wignall – 
Senior Software Developer at Lotus F1 Team

Programming

What has happened to the perception of programming being a science, an engineering discipline, or even art? Today’s students seem to think programming is nothing but copying code snippets from some dodgy sources, renaming variables (if they can even be bothered with that) and hoping that by magic this conglomeration of code odds and ends will produce the desired result. This approach is certainly not science or engineering. One might see an artistic spirit in it, but to me it mostly resembles guessing, gambling, and hoping that the parser will highlight & correct some syntax errors … and when the code compiles it surely has to be correct. 

Collaboration anticipated with the HAW (University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg)

The Ambient Intelligence Laboratory at HAW, Germany has offered our research group  access to their smart home lab to further our research and test the current version of our agent development framework in an existing life-like situation.The UbiComp-Lab in Hamburg was designed and built to study ubiquitous computing. We are planning to conduct a preliminary visit to ascertain the lab’s capabilities and interfaces so that our current work can be adapted to operate within the lab with a second, longer visit to conduct experiments using our software in the lab.