Previous Academic Professional Activities

See also my current activities.  No, just see my CV.  I can't keep these web pages up any longer.  Actually, I don't even keep the PCs up on my CV.  Does this matter?

Fellowships and Visiting Positions:


  • An Associate Editor for Adaptive Behavior, since 2002.
  • On the Editorial Board for AI & Society, Connection Science, The International Journal of Synthetic Emotions and the Journal of Mind Theory though that last hasn't done much recently.
  • Editorial Board of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems, 2002-2004. (login)
  • Special Issues:
  • Additional reviews for:  
  • Committees:

    Funding Agencies:

    Workshops or Conferences

    I'm not doing very well at updating these.

  • AISB 2017 was in Bath! 
  • Organizing Committee for 
  • The Machine Question:  AI, Ethics & Moral Responsibility.
  • Program Committee for
  • Senior (! it's the grey hair) PC: IJCAI-2017 Special Track on AI & Autonomy.
  • AAMAS 2017
  • AISB workshop Principles in Robotics (organising) deadline 29 February 2016, meeting 4 April.
  • Ethical and Moral Considerations in Nonhuman Agents; AAAI Spring Symposium Series 21-23 March 2016.
  • ALIFE XV, deadline late 2015, conference 4-8 July 2016 (Cancun).
  • Rights, Duties and Ethics of Autonomous Agents, deadline January 2015, conference 3 June 2015.
  • Advances in Cognitive Systems 29-31 May 2015.
  • Rights, Duties and Ethics of Autonomous Agents, 3 June 2015.
  • Love & Sex with Robots at AISB50 (who could say "no" to that?)
  • Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour 2014
  • Challenges and Visions track at AAMAS 2014
  • Workshop on Cultural Characters in games and learning CCGL 2013 at IVA 2013 (Edinburgh).
  • Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2013 (Oxford).
  • Social Computing 2011.
  • Artificial General Intelligence 2011.
  • The 2nd Symposium on Human Memory for Artificial Agents.
  • The Twenty-First International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2009), and IJCAI 2011.
  • Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics at the 2009 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation.
  • Evolution of Language 8.
  • Artificial Life XI (ALife 2008).
  • Learning and Adaptive Behavior in Robotic Systems (LAB-RS 2008)
  • Agent cognitive ability and orders of emergence (at AISB 2008)
  • Attention in Cognitive Systems at IJCAI 2007.
  • Intelligent Virtual Agents 20012003, 2005, 2006, 2007.
  • Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2005).
  • Socially Inspired Computing @ AISB 2005.
  • Motivational and Emotional Roots of Cognition and Action @ AISB 2005.
  • Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science @ Cognitive Science 2005.
  • Workshop on Modular Construction of Human-Like Intelligence @ AAAI 2005.
  • Intelligent Agent Technology 2003, 2004.
  •  Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB) 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010.
  • FLAIRS 2001 special track on Niche Autonomous Robots.
  • EMCSR 2000 symposium "Autonomy Control: Lessons from the Emotional"
  • Scientific committee for
  • The International Work-conference on the Interplay between Natural and Artificial Computation (IWINAC) Robotics and Neurobiology.
  • Reviews for
  • Biologically Inspired Machine Learning, Cognitive Science 2000, 2004-8, Cognitive Science 2009,, ICRA 2005,
  • Evolution of Language 7 (2008), Evolution of Language 8 (2010).
  • Plenary and other interesting talks (a random subsample): 
  • Organisation, Cooperation and Emergence in Social Learning Agents (2010); 
  • Autonomous activity in real-world environments (2011) (see the AmonI Video Page);
  • You, robot! What does it mean to regulate artificial intelligence? A public debate, 8 October 2015.
  • Women's Forum Global Meeting, 14-16 October 2015
  • Royal Society, London, with Brian Cox 10 January 2017.  Sold out, but you can watch the live stream!
  • Can I Trust My AI Therapist?  SXSW panel, 14 March 2017.
  • Keynote, Big Data: New Challenges for Law and Ethics, 22-23 May 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Keynote, The Future of Social Interaction with Agents – The Eighth International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems, 6-9 June 2017, Farmington PA.

  • Previous  Memberships

    Former or Near Affiliates or Collaborators

    At various points I've talked about, even applied for funding concerning projects with Julia Lehmann (Roehampton), Torben Dabelsteen (Copenhagen),  David Hogg of Leeds, Andrew Whiten of St. Andrews, Les Gasser of U. of Illinois,  David Sallach and Michael J. North of Argonne Labs and RePast, and many more.   Academic life is full of funding disappointments.

    More History

    I defended my PhD (in EECS from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab) on 30 April 2001. My adviser was Lynn Stein, and the rest of my committee was Bruce Blumberg, Gill Pratt, and Olin Shivers. I officially submitted my dissertation to EECS on 29 June, 2001.

    My MIT PhD officially took 4 years. 1.5 years from January 2000 to June 2001, and 2.5 years from September 1993 through December 1995.  I came in to MIT with an MSc from the Edinburgh Department of AI.  In 1996 and 1997 I did robotics and cognitive modelling research in the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience and Intelligent Systems in the Department of Psychology of The University of Edinburgh, under Brendan McGonigle. I submitted an MPhil dissertation in Psychology on this work in 1999, which I defended successfully on January 7, 2000. An MPhil is a 2-year British graduate research degree (in contrast to their 1-year MSc or 3-year PhD.)

    I spent most of 1998 working on humanoid agent architectures for a virtual reality project for LEGO, Denmark, with Kris Thórisson.  In 1999 I worked with Mark Steedman (well, not much really) and more with Johanna Moore. Originally I was helping them transition to Edinburgh, but soon I became a member of the Human Communication Research Centre Tutorial Dialogue Group, where I started working on using reactive planning for dialog.  I finally returned to MIT to finish my PhD when my partner got a postdoc with Dan Dennett.

    Joanna  Bryson
    Last updated 15 January 2016