1st Workshop on Forgetting in Artificial Intelligence

WFAI 2017

Workshop Cancelled

Due to the low number of submissions there will be no workshop on forgetting in artificial intelligence in 2017

Workshop Topic

Though forgetting is usually a nuisance in everyday life, it is an important feature for human life. On the one hand, forgetting superfluous information facilitates the task at hand. On the other hand, it is an integral part of basic cognitive processes, like generalization, abstraction, and learning. In this context, forgetting is the deliberate act to abolish unnecessary knowledge possibly conserving knowledge on a higher level. Recently, the term "machine unlearning" has been coined for the first beneficial use described above. In this workshop the general topic of beneficial forgetting shall be explored from different viewpoints.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers from AI, Machine Learning, Cognitive Science, and other disciplines who are interested in understanding how artificial systems can profit from forgetting and how beneficial forgetting in humans can be influenced. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

The workshop will take place at the KI 2017 in Dortmund, Germany (September 25-29).


Michael Siebers

Cognitive Systems Group

Faculty Information Systems and Applied Computer Science

University of Bamberg

Christian Jilek

Smart Data & Knowledge Services Department

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH

Contact: michael.siebers (at) uni-bamberg.de