This volume comprises the proceedings of the 20th Annual Irish Conference on Arti?cialIntelligenceandCognitiveScience (AICS 2009).AICS2009washosted by the Schoolof Computer Science and Informatics in University College Dublin on August 19–21, 2009. The AICS Conference is Ireland's primary meeting for those involved in the ?elds of arti?cial intelligence and cognitive science. The conference has taken place annually since 1988 and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the presentation of research conducted both in Ireland and worldwide. After a rigorous review process, 21 papers were selected for oral presen- tion, and a further seven for poster presentations. Six shorter submissions were accepted for presentation at a technology demo session. The program covered a largerange of topics, with submissions covering classi?cation techniques, biol- ically inspired computation, natural language processing, and applications of AI techniques for the social web and ?nancial markets. Although traditionally the majority of AICS submissions have come from the island of Ireland, AICS 2009 attracted a couple of submissions from farther a?eld—Mexico and Bulgaria. AICS 2009 continued the tradition of inviting high-pro?le speakers from the ?elds. We were delighted to have two high-pro?le speakers give keynote talks: David R. Millen, from the IBM Watson Research Center, in Cambridge, USA, gaveapaperentitled“UseofEnterpriseSocialSoftwaretoSupportOrganization and People Sensemaking”; and John Riedl, Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota, gave a talk on “Collective Intelligence in the Social Web.” We are most grateful to both speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules to come to Ireland and attend AICS.
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