All posts by Luis Sentis

Welcome Reception and Registration

A cozy and casual Welcome Reception will take place on Tuesday March 7 from 7-8:30pm at the Lone Star Court Hotel @ The Restaurant and Bar. Pitchers of lemonade and iced tea as well as brisket tacos and chicken southwest egg rolls will be provided.  Guests can go to the bar to purchase alcoholic drinks if you desire.

Registration will take place Wednesday through Friday at the Registration desk at Maggiano’s starting at 8am.

Venue Details

The ARSO 2017 workshop and banquet takes place at the restaurant and event center Maggiano’s located at The Domain, a high-density business, retail, and residential center located 12 miles north of Austin’s downtown and the University of Texas at Austin. For attending the workshop, live music, movies, upscale and casual dining, entertainment, and shopping, a car is not necessary as The Domain provides all is needed. The workshop event center, Maggiano’s, is located across the street (25 meters away) from the suggested workshop hotel, Lone Star Court.

Make your reservations at the Lone Star Court or nearby hotels around The Domain. Other hotels of interest include, Aloft at The Domain, The Westin at the Domain, Archer Hotel Austin, La Quinta Inn at The Domain, and Home2 Suites by Hilton at The Domain.

Robotic Tours at The University of Texas at Austin

On Friday afternoon, we will have a robotics tour to the labs at The University of Texas at Austin. UT Robotics is a comprehensive group performing cutting-edge research in robotics across aerospace, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Please, send me an email, for inquiries and to sign up for the tour.

Check Out the Entertainment Around the Venue

Having the venue inside The Domain offers a myriad of options within walking distance for enjoying after the workday:

  • Rock Rose District: 0.5 Mile Away. Uptown’s destination for up late – bringing the best of Austin. Featuring an art-infused streetscape surrounded by unexpected discoveries and bustling with visitors.
  • iPic Movie Theater: 0.2 Miles Away. Upscale cinema chain with plush seating, gourmet light bites & cocktails, plus in-theater service.
  • The Domain Shopping Center: 0 Mile Away. An outdoor gem consisting of a massive mall with many high end stores. It is also an eclectic and dynamic community.
  • Whole Foods Market: 0.7 Mile Away.  From great food to live music and special events, this store truly has something for everyone. Grab a cup of coffee or smoothie before work, pick up a quick lunch from Snap Kitchen or our chef-prepared selections, or enjoy a pint of craft beer from one of our two bars!
  • TopGolf: 0.7 Mile Away. The premier entertainment and event venue in Austin with fun point-scoring golf games for all skill levels, upscale bar food and drinks, music and more!

Presentation on The 100 Year Study in AI


Peter Stone

Talk Title: Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030

Date and Location: Thursday March 9, 4:30pm, Maggiano’s, The Domain, Austin

Abstract: The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, launched in the fall of 2014, is a long-term investigation of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its influences on people, their communities, and society. As its core activity, the Standing Committee that oversees the One Hundred Year Study forms a Study Panel every five years to assess the current state of AI. The first Study Panel report, published in September 2016, focusses on eight domains the panelists considered to be most salient: transportation; service robots; healthcare; education; low-resource communities; public safety and security; employment and workplace; and entertainment. In each of these domains, the report both reflects on progress in the past fifteen years and anticipates developments in the coming fifteen years. The report also includes recommendations concerning AI-related policy. This talk by the Study Panel Chair, will briefly describe the process of creating the report and summarize its contents. The floor will then be opened for questions and discussion Attendees are strongly encouraged to read at least the executive summary, overview, and callouts (in the margins) of the report before the session:

Letter Regarding Venue

Dear ARSO 2017 Contributors and Attendees,

As you may know, South by SouthWest (SXSW) has gotten bigger and bigger every year beyond our imagination. This year it is really hard to keep reasonable prices and hotel availability near the university. Instead we decided to relocate ARSO 2017 to The Domain, Austin, Texas. The Domain is a magnificent state-of-the-art mega entertainment, retail, and residential center that will delight everyone. Being at The Domain has many advantages over the University of Texas. The hotel is right next to the workshop venue. And hotel availability and pricing are better than downtown due to being further away from SXSW. We believe everyone will be delighted at The Domain. Since the final panel and semi-plenary talk finish on Friday March 10 at 10:30am, everyone can go downtown with Ride Austin (equivalent to Uber in Austin) or bus to attend SXSW. It will be super!

See you soon at The Domain!

Luis Sentis
General Chair ARSO 2017