Artificial intelligence comes to Anton Chekhov's birthplace: Results of RCAI-2021


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photos from the opening ceremony by the Institute of Technology of the Southern Federal University

Remembering Chekhov

Somewhere in the conference hall somebody sneezed. Aleksandr Igorevich Panov frowned: no, he wasn't afraid of the virus, he just didn't like that there was a room for a sneeze this year. A number of his collegues didn't risk to come and desided to watch the conference online. He was ok with that, but empty seats still seem illogical to his structured mind. Like someone mercilessly pulled out healthy teeth out of a mouth of a giant — the mouth where they spent the past five days — and Aleksandr could feel the giant's pain…

Boris Arkadievich Kobrinsky, the chairman of RCAI-2021 and the host of the current Intelligent Technologies and Applied Intelligent Systems In Medicine section, smiled and shook his finger at him from behind the stand. Just the other day both of them returned from another conference at Sochi and immediately started preparations for RCAI-2021, missing dinner. Their other concern was the Cogress of the Russian Association for Artificial Intelligence which was held simultaniously; not only everything went beautifully, but they were elected into the Science Council along with Konstantin Sergeevich Yakovlev. And yet Boris Arkadievich didn't look a bit tired or nervous.

He opened and closed plenary sessions, he read presentations, he argued and made jokes. And between sessions he even defended a female reserch fellow from a hooligan who only studied humanities, yes! The rich atmosphere of this place made him even more energetic: everything, including the name of the street, reminded of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov who gave his whole life to medicine, just like Boris Arkadievich…

Suddenly the monitor switched on and revealed two familiar faces of Ivan Valentinovich Smirnoff and Maxim Alekseevich Stankevich who sneezed immediately and aplogised. Aleksandr Igorevich frowned once again, but Maxim Alekseevich has already started the lecture with a charade.

— Predicting different health and lifestyle behaviors of social media users… Ah, oh, I wonder, could you predict who of those two has more chances to live a long healthy life: an intelligent young man who reads groups like Culture and Science in his social media, or someone ignorant and irrisponsible who spends many pointless hours in groups like Humour and TV Shows? What do you think?

This was one of the final lectures, but the topic was of the great importance; in fact, it was already used in one of the key projects by the Russian Artificial Intelligence Research Institute. Simultaniously somewhere behind the wall Dmitry Alekseevich Devyatkin presented his research Methods for Recognition of Frustration-Derived Reactions on Social Media as part of the Intelligent Technologies and Applied Intelligent Systems In Production and Social Spheres. To make a long story short, it was about psycholinguistic analysis of texts used for detecting psycho-emotional state of communicating people, the institute's original research currently supported by Beeline.

Evening was falling, last sun rays touched academic faces. It was not the end, there was enough work ahead: closing ceremony and friendly banquet, video releases, publications of proceedings in scientific journals, and, even more importantly, our own Publications. The cozy Taganrog didn't want to let you go, but even Chekhov had to once in a while. "To Moscow, I beg you!", as he is famously quoted. And, by the way, the next meeting is planned for December 2022 in Moscow. We just wish that a bit of Taganrog's warmth would also come to the freezing capital of Russia. And better without sneezing.