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Cafe Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a forum for debating science issues and promoting public engagement with science. Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know".

Meetings generally start with a short talk from the speaker, who is usually a scientist or a writer on science, followed by a short break for drinks. This is followed by a session of about an hour for questions and answers and general discussion. Cafés are free although a voluntary contribution may be asked for to cover any expenses. (It does not pay fees to a speaker).

Meetings take place once a month on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm.

Next Meeting: Wednesday 8th October, 2014, 7.30pm

Place: The Old Bookroom, Hope Street Hotel

Title: Argumentation and Artificial Intelligence

Guest Speaker: Professor Paul Dunne of the Department of Computer Science

The study of argument and persuasion can be traced (at least) as far back as work of Aristotle. It has attracted significant interest within fields as varied as Linguistics, Philosophy, Law, Sociology, Politics, Logic and Psychology. Increasingly, over the last 25 years, Argumentation has become a central topic of activity within Artificial Intelligence (AI) offering new perspectives for handling classical problems in this domain. This talk presents an informal overview of the basic treatment of argumentation within AI and the challenges being addressed in current work at Liverpool.

Click here to go to the Cafe Scientifique website.

Please contact Michael Jackman,, if intending to attend as places may be limited.


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