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Submitted June 29, 2015
AAAI is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2015 IJCAI Awards!
IJCAI-15 Award for Research Excellence
The Research Excellence award is given to a scientist who has carried out a program of research of consistently high quality throughout an entire career yielding several substantial results. The winner of the 2015 Award for Research Excellence is Barbara Grosz, Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Harvard University. Professor Grosz is recognized for her pioneering research in natural language processing and in theories and applications of multiagent collaboration.
IJCAI-15 Computers and Thought Award
The Computers and Thought Award is presented at IJCAI conferences to outstanding young scientists in artificial intelligence. The winner of the 2015 IJCAI Computers and Thought Award is Ariel Procaccia, assistant professor at the Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Procaccia is recognized for his contributions to the fields of computational social choice and computational economics, and for efforts to make advanced fair division techniques more widely accessible.
IJCAI-15 John McCarthy Award
The Trustees of the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) are pleased to announce the John McCarthy research award. This award is intended to recognize established mid-career researchers that have built up a major track record of research excellence in artificial intelligence. Recipients of the award will have made significant contributions to the research agenda in their area and will have a first-rate profile of influential research results.
The award is named for John McCarthy (1927-2011), who is widely recognized as one of the founders of the field of artificial intelligence. As well as giving the discipline its name, McCarthy made fundamental contributions of lasting importance to computer science in general and artificial intelligence in particular, including time-sharing operating systems, the LISP programming languages, knowledge representation, common-sense reasoning, and the logicist paradigm in artificial intelligence. The award was established with the full support and encouragement of the McCarthy family.
The winner of the 2015 inaugural John McCarthy Award is Bart Selman, professor at the Department of Computer Science, Cornell University. Professor Selman is recognized for expanding our understanding of problem complexity and developing new algorithms for efficient inference.
Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award
The IJCAI Distinguished Service Award was established in 1979 by the IJCAI Trustees to honor senior scientists in AI for contributions and service to the field during their careers. At IJCAI-15, the Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award will be given to Anthony G. Cohn, professor of automated reasoning at the University of Leeds. As a pioneering researcher in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Professor Cohn is recognized for his substantial contributions, as well as his outstanding service to the international, European and UK AI communities, including terms as president of IJCAI, ECCAI, KR Inc., and AISB, and as editor-in-chief of the AI journal, where he made significant contributions to the success of the journal and to the wider dissemination of AI into the scientific community.
Submitted July 29, 2014
AAAI Congratulates the Incoming Officers and Councilors!
AAAI is pleased to announce and congratulate the incoming slate of officers and councilors for the AAAI Executive Council.
- President: Thomas G. Dietterich (Oregon State University, USA)
- Past President: Manuela Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
- President-Elect: Subbarao Kambhampati (Arizona State University, USA)
- Secretary-Treasurer: Ted Senator (Leidos, USA)
- Incoming Councilors (through 2017)
- Sonia Chernova (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
- Vincent Conitzer (Duke University, USA)
- Boi Faltings (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Suisse)
- Stephen Smith (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Submitted April 29, 2014
AAAI Congratulates Judea Pearl on his Election to NAS!
AAAI is delighted to announce that AAAI Fellow Judea Pearl, professor emeritus, Computer Science Department, University of California, Los Angeles has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Pearl is among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. For more information, please see the National Academy of Sciences website.