Carnegie Mellon University

Raj Reddy

Raj Reddy

Mozah Bint Nasser University Professor, RI/CS/ISR, School of Computer Science


Dr. Raj Reddy is the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  From 1960-63, Dr. Reddy worked as an Applied Science Representative for IBM Corp. in Australia. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford from 1966-69. He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty as an Associate Professor of Computer Science in 1969. He became a Full Professor in 1973, and a University Professor in 1984. He served as the founding Director of the Robotics Institute from 1979 to 1991 and as the Dean of School of Computer Science from 1991 to 1999.

Dr. Reddy received a BE degree from the Guindy Engineering College of the University of Madras, India in 1958 and a MTech degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 1960. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1966.

Dr. Reddy's research interests include artificial intelligence and the study of human-computer interaction. His current research interests include: Technology in Service of Society, Cognition Amplifiers and Guardian Angels, Computational Political Science and Digital Democracy, Universal Digital Libraries, Voice Computing for the 3B semi-literate populations at the bottom of the pyramid, and Learning Science and Technologies.

His professional honors include: Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Member of the National Academy of Engineering and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Indian National Science Academy, and India National Academy of Engineering.  He was president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence from 1987 to 89. In 2011, he was inducted into inaugural IEEE Intelligent Systems' AI's Hall of Fame.

Dr. Reddy was awarded the Legion of Honor by President Mitterand of France in 1984 and Padma Bhushan by President of India in 2001. He was awarded the ACM Turing Award in 1994, the Okawa Prize in 2004, the Honda Prize in 2005, and the Vannevar Bush Award in 2006. He served as co-chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1999 to 2001.

He has been awarded honorary doctorates (Doctor Honoris Causa) from SV University, Universite Henri-Poincare, University of New South Wales, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, University of Massachusetts, University of Warwick, Anna University, Indian Institute for Information Technology (Allahabad), Andhra University, IIT Kharagpur and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  He was a founding member of the International Board of Governors of Peres Center for Peace in Israel.