(Rev 4/30/97)

1997 Loebner Prize Contest Results

The 1997 Loebner Prize Contest, the seventh annual Loebner Prize contest, was held:

11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 29, 1997
Salmagundi Club,
47 Fifth Ave,
New York NY 10003

The Loebner Prize Medal and a cash award is awarded annually to the designer of the computer system that best succeeds in passing a variant of the Turing Test.In 1997, $2,000 and a bronze medal was awarded to David Levy,designer of the Most Human Computer as rated by a panel of 5 judges.

The Loebner Prize Competition in Artificial Intelligence was established in 1990 by Hugh Loebner and the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Center for Behavioral Studies.

The 1997 contest was held under the supervision of
George Lowe, Ph.D.,Technical Director.

Results:

  1. David Levy
    Intelligent Research Ltd
    89, Constantine Road,
    London NW3 2LP, England.
    Telephone number: +44 171 485 9146
    Fax number: +44 171 482 0672
    DavidL@intrsrch.demon.co.uk

    Mr Levy is one of the organizers of the
    Mind Sports Olympiad


    Click for transcript of winning program Converse



  2. Jason Hutchens and Bruce Cooper
    The Centre for Intelligent Information Processing Systems
    Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    The University of Western Australia
    Nedlands, WA, AUSTRALIA 6907
    Telephone:+61 9 331 2340 (during US working hours)
    +61 9 380 3856 (out of US working hours)
    Facsimile:+61 9 380 1168
    hutch@ciips.ee.uwa.edu.au
    bruce@ciips.ee.uwa.edu.au

    Click for transcript of program SEPO



  3. Richard Gibbons
    E-GEMS (Electronic Games for Education in
    Mathematics and Science
    Computer Science Department
    2366 Main Mall
    Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4 Canada
    Telephone Number: (604) 822-5108
    Fax Number: (604) 822-5485
    gibbons@cs.ubc.ca, phoenix@cs.ubc.ca

    Click for transcript of program Julie



  4. Robby Glen Garner
    robitron@Fringeware.COM
    robitron@worldnet.att.net

    Click for transcript of program Barry Defacto



  5. Robert E. Medeksza
    Erie, PA 16506
    RMedeksza@aol.com
    Glam1@mail1.gannon.edu

    Click for transcript of program BOB OS



The third and fourth place entries were tied based upon the median of the rank scores assigned by the judges. Tie breaking was based on the mean of the ranks.


The human confederate, Ms. Janet Skinner, member of The Salmagundi Club,was recognized as human by all judges.

Click for transcript of human confederate


Ranking of Programs by Judges

 
 Terminal 1 Julie
 Terminal 2 Human
 Terminal 3 Barry Defacto
 Terminal 4 Bob OS
 Terminal 5 SEPO
 Terminal 6 CONVERSE
 Judge 1
5
1
4
6
3
 2
 Judge 2
4
1
3
6
2
5
Judge 3
4
1
5
6
2
3
Judge 4
4
1
5
6
3
2
Judge 5
3
1
4
6
5
2
Median
4
1
4
6
3
2
Mean
4
1
4.2
6
3
2.8



Judges for the 1997 Loebner Prize were:

  1. Clay Shirky, CTO, Sitespecific
  2. Nathan Goldfarb, Sculptor
  3. Tracy Quan, Columnist
  4. Elliott Werner, President, Millennium Systems
  5. Jurgen Scriba, Technical Editor, Der Spiegel Magazine


Support

The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and Dr. Loebner thank the following organizations for their gracious support of the 1997 contest.

The communications program for interaction between judges and confederate was programmed by Don Fricault.


Loebner Prize Home Page

Hugh Loebner's Home page


Last Update: 29-June-1998