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Symposium for Alan Bundy

July 13-14, 2008
CISA, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

A symposium to celebrate the 60th birthday of Alan Bundy.

The broad range of Alan Bundy's research interests will be reflected in the invited talks by top international researchers who have worked closely with Alan over the years. There will be a public lecture on the future of AI and many opportunities for informal conversation with some of the many people whose research has been influenced by Alan over the years.

This symposium honours Alan Bundy's contributions to Artificial Intelligence and aims to bring together leading researchers in the field. Alan Bundy, who is one of the world's foremost researchers in Artificial Intelligence, marked his 60th birthday in 2007, and our celebration of this event has been delayed to coincide with our occupation of the Informatics Forum.

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The event will take place as the first event of the new The Informatics Forum, Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE, Scotland, UK

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is a world class centre for Informatics research. It received the only 5*A rating in the 2001 RAE Computer Science unit of assessment, and is one of the world's largest schools in this area.


Registration for the programme, dinner and ceilidh has now closed.

Student Support

Student support has been provided by AISB and EPSRC.

Any questions about this can be sent to Sofi at:

To claim your expenses from AISB, you need to write a short article on your work (This can be of work in progress) for the AISB quarterly magazine. This is a good opportunity to have your work published in a widely distributed periodical.

Supporting the Event

If you would like to help support students at this event, you can contribute by making a donations to our bytesize student support fund. To help sponsor the event in other ways, please contact Sofi at


Sun 13 July

Mon 14 July

Invited Speakers

The invited speakers are:


By air

Edinburgh is served primarily by Edinburgh Airport. Two possible alternatives are Glasgow Airport and Prestwick Airport.

Edinburgh Airport is situated 13km to the west of the city. Travel from the airport into Edinburgh by taxi costs approximately £15 - £20, approximate journey time 30 mins (unless in rush-hour). For a less expensive, and very efficient, option we would suggest using the frequent Airlink bus from the Airport to the city center, operated by Lothian Region Transport, £3.30 single or £5 return, journey time 30 mins. Airlink buses run during the following times: From the Airlink bus stop in the city center, you can walk or take a taxi to your accommodation.

Glasgow airport is about one hour's drive from Edinburgh, with frequent rail and bus transfers.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport, served by Ryanair, is much closer to Prestwick than to Glasgow. Travel to Edinburgh by rail or bus takes around 2 hours.

By rail

National Express operate train services to Edinburgh from the south and east (the journey time from London to Edinburgh is 4-5 hours).

Virgin Trains operate train services from the south and west.

First ScotRail operate services from cities in Scotland and Northern England, and also run a sleeper service from London Euston.

By coach

National Express operate regular day and overnight coaches between Edinburgh St. Andrew Square bus station and London Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes 8 hours and 30 minutes.


Edinburgh has a wide range of Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and self catering flats. You can search for accommodation and get information from the Visit Scotland website. This site has a rather exhaustive list of places to stay. The following is a much smaller list of places people have enjoyed staying in previously:

We have a few rooms in Pollock Halls accomodation, which can be booked for free. Email Sofi at to book and find out more information.

Organisers: Sofia Freijeiro-Mato, Alan Smaill, Michael Fourman, Dave Robertson, Lucas Dixon, Fiona McNeill
Mathematical Reasoning Group, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB, Scotland
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