ALICE Pyramid Logo by Sage Greco

ALICE Anniversary and Colloquium on Conversation

Alan Turing statue at Surrey, Guildford, U.K.

Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey

COLLOQUIUM ON CONVERSATIONAL SYSTEMS and celebration of ALICE's first ten years online

Guildford, UK, 10am-6pm on 25 November 2005

An informal one-day meeting will be held at which invited speakers will give short presentations on aspects of conversational systems and participants will demonstrate their developed and experimental programs.

Conversational systems are intelligent computer interfaces that allow users to interact in plain English, either text or spoken. They represent an advance in human-computer interaction and have wide-ranging potential applications.

The leading open-source conversational system, ALICE, is now ten years old and has won the Loebner Prize three times. Dr Richard Wallace, creator of ALICE and its associated language AIML, will give a presentation and demonstrate the latest developments in this ongoing project.

The organizers have invited participants working in this field to bring working demonstrations, which will be demonstrated on their own hardware, and to take part in discussions of the current state of the art, known problems, and possible future directions.

The meeting is open to all and there will be no charge. However, numbers are limited, so if you wish to attend please contact to reserve a place, describing your interest and any proposed demonstration.


A final program may be found online in PDF form here:

Final list of speakers:

Cameo Wood (Imitation Game Organizer)

Vladimir Veselov (Loebner Prize finalist)

Rollo Carpenter (Loebner Prize winner)

Robby Garner (Loebner Prize double winner)

Dr David Hamill (Loebner Prize finalist)

Simon Laven (Chatterbot Historian)

Chris Ward (Emotional semantics researcher)

Dr Hugh Loebner (Loebner Prize founder)

Dr Richard Wallace (Loebner Prize triple winner)

5-6pm: Demonstrations and open discussions

6pm: Adjourn to bar for drinks (buy your own) and further discussions

Note: The details of this programme, and the list of speakers, may be subject to change.


One of the local speakers has recommended a new hotel, Travelodge Guildford Hotel
Woodbridge Meadows, Guildford
Guildford GU1 1BD

Tel: 0870 191 1795
Fax: 01483 450174

The Travelodge is said to be within 30 minute walking distance of the workshop site. You can make a reservation through

The University has a list of accommodation here:

A lot of the places it lists are well outside easy walking distance. The "map refs" it quotes are something nonstandard. The best way to find out exactly where they are is to use this website:

If you type the full postcode into the search box it'll come up with a map. The University is GU2 7XH. Most places with a GU2 postcode should be walkable. GU1 is Guildford town and there may be buses.

The colloquium is kindly sponsored by Crown Industries, Inc. ( and Hamill & Hamill Ltd (, Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey (

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass lived in Guildford and is buried in the Mount Cemetery.

Copyright © A.L.I.C.E. AI Foundation, Inc.