Conferences, Books, and Funding
ACCOMPANYING THE TECHNICAL PROGRESS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DURING this period, new conferences and workshops were begun, textbooks were written, and financial support for basic research grew and then waned a bit.
The first large conference devoted exclusively to artificial intelligence was held in Washington, DC, in May 1969. Organized by Donald E. Walker (1928–1993) of the MITRE Corporation and Alistair Holden (1930–1999) of the University of Washington, it was called the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). It was sponsored by sixteen different technical societies (along with some of their subgroups) from the United States, Europe, and Japan. About 600 people attended the ...