Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A conversation with Edward Feigenbaum, professor emeritus of computer science at Stanford, on artificial intelligence.


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Edward Feigenbaum is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he was also co-director of the Knowledge Systems Laboratory.

He received his PhD from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1960, working under the supervision of Herbert Simon and developing EPAM, "Elementary Perceiver and Memorizer."

He is considered one of the fathers of "expert systems" and has received many awards in recognition of his influential work.

In 1994, along with Raj Reddy, he was awarded the ACM Turing Award, the highest honor for a computer scientist. In 1997, he received the U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

In 2007, he was inducted as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. In 2011, he was inducted into the IEEE Intelligent Systems' "AI Hall of Fame." In 2012, he became a fellow of the Computer History Museum. Most recently, in 2013, he was awarded the IEEE Computer Society's Computer Pioneer Award for his work on AI.

Feigenbaum began teaching at Stanford in 1965 as one of the founding members of its computer science department. In the following years, he, Joshua Lederberg, and Carl Djerassi, among others, produced the world's first expert system through the DENDRAL project.

From 1994 to 1997, Feigenbaum was Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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