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Loebner Prize Contest 2003

This year's Loebner Prize Contest will be held at the University of
Surrey UK on the afternoon of Saturday 18th October 2003. This
Contest, sponsored by Dr Hugh Loebner, has been running
annually since 1990. It is based on Turing's 1950 paper,
"Computing Machinery and Intelligence", which considered the
question "Can machines think?". Entries for this year's Contest
close on 30 June. Attendance is open to all and free of charge. For
more information, see http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dwrc/loebner/

The Contest has been arranged at the end of two days of events
(also open to all and free of charge). The timetable is as follows.

- On Friday 17th October, there will be a workshop - "Let's Talk"
focusing on the human and social aspects of natural language
interfaces. It will be multi-disciplinary, bringing together researchers
from a wide area of expertise: as well as those from HCI,
psychology, and computing, contributors are expected from
sociology, economics, anthropology, science and technology
studies, and innovation studies. For the call for papers and
registration form, please see: www.surrey.ac.uk/dwrc

- In the morning of Saturday 18th October, there will be a workshop
and panel discussion - Bots mean Business - with invited speakers
for a business audience: see
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dwrc/loebner/bots4biz.html

- And finally, in the afternoon of Saturday 18th October, the Loebner
Prize Contest will be held.