Tuesday, August 30, 2011
News Brief: Reddy, Feigenbaum Named to AI Hall of FameThe IEEE Computer Society's IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine has chosen Raj Reddy, the Mozah Bint Nasser Professor of Computer Science and Robotics; Edward Feigenbaum, Stanford University professor emeritus and Ph.D. alum of Carnegie Mellon, and eight other trailblazers in artificial intelligence research as inductees into the inaugural IEEE Intelligent Systems Hall of Fame.
The magazine's editorial and advisory boards launched the annual Hall of Fame contest to express appreciation and respect for the pioneers who have made significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems and to honor them for their notable impact and influence on the field and society.
"When we began our search for candidates, it quickly became clear that there was an immense number of amazing, talented individuals conducting relevant and innovative research in the AI and intelligent systems field across the globe," said Fei-Yue Wang, editor in chief. "The task of selecting from such an accomplished list was an extremely difficult process."
Reddy and Feigenbaum were joint recipients in 1994 of the A.M. Turing Award in recognition of their work designing and building large-scale AI systems and demonstrating the practical importance and potential commercial impact of AI technology.
Other inductees into the newly established Hall of Fame include Tim Berners-Lee, Noam Chomsky, Douglas Engelbart, John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, Nils J. Nilsson, Judea Pearl and Lotfi Zadeh.
Launched more than 25 years ago, IEEE Intelligent Systems was one of the first technical magazines that emerged to cover the then-new field of AI, which explores the design and development of intelligent machines. Today, AI techniques are used for data mining, medical diagnosis, and logistics; however, chess-playing computers, autonomous vehicles, and computer game-show contestants such as IBM's Watson are more successful at captivating the popular imagination.
"It is always exciting to see that there are people with such passion in a field, and we hope that our Hall of Fame will be a way to recognize and promote creative work and progress in AI and intelligent systems," Wang said.