The Final ESSENCE Conference, titled "International Conference on Computational Approaches to Diversity in Interaction and Meaning" took place in San Servolo, Venice, from 7th to 9th October 2017. The conference was a massive success, bringing together many European researchers from the multiagent systems, semantic web, knowledge representation, and natural language processing communities. Apart from the great invited talks and presentations by ESSENCE members, the conference was used to plan a host of future activities for people interested in diversity-aware AI.
We recently exhibited at IJCAI 2017, one of the largest and most high-profile international conferences in AI, which was held in Melbourne. The ESSENCE booth attracted a lot of interest, and this conference also included our Taboo Challenge Competition Workshop, where we presented the results of the ESSENCE Challenge!