Inside Artificial Intelligence!

Who invented Artificial Intelligence? On January 20, 2011 you can hear AI pioneer and Turing Award recipient Edward Feigenbaum talk about why, when, where and how AI originated and has developed over the past fifty years to become ubiquitous and pervasive today.

I will be conducting an interview/conversation with Ed at Adobe Systems in San Francisco at 6:00PM. This will be the inaugural event of a series titled Inside Stories! – conversations with distinguished Bay Area pioneers in science, business, technology, the arts and humanities.

Here are links to the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association newsletter page where you can sign up to attend and to the Facebook page which you might want to use to pass this announcement on to other interested friends.

Following is more detailed information on the event and a bio of Ed Feigenbaum.

Event Title: SF: CMU: Inside Stories
Professor Edward Feigenbaum (TPR ’56)
Date: Jan 20, 2011
Time: 6:00PM PT
Description: The Carnegie Mellon University Bay Area Alumni Association is pleased to present a new speaker series: CMU: Inside Stories!

This is a series of conversations with prominent Carnegie Mellon University alumni. Distinguished CMU graduates create and lead ground-breaking enterprises, originate new fields of knowledge, and pioneer the fields of Science, Business, Technology, the Arts and Humanities. Here is an opportunity to hear them talk about experiences that shaped their careers and ideas that formed their thinking. The purpose is to advance the discourse of ideas that matter.

This series is open to the public. The format is an informal conversation interview, followed by an open Q&A.

Our inaugural speaker is Stanford’s pioneer in Artificial Intelligence and an ACM Turing Award recipient, Professor Edward Feigenbaum (TPR ’56).

Feigenbaum (born 1936, New Jersey) is an interdisciplinary computer scientist who pioneered Expert Systems and knowledge-based approaches to artificial intelligence. He completed his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). In his PhD thesis, mentored by Herbert Simon, he developed EPAM (Elementary Perceiver and Memorizer), one of the first computer models of human learning.

At Stanford, he founded the Heuristic Programming Project (later, Knowledge Systems Laboratory), directed Stanford’s Computation Center, and chaired its Computer Science Department.

For his research, he received the 1994 ACM Turing Award, the most prestigious award in computer science, jointly with Raj Reddy, “for pioneering the design and construction of large scale artificial intelligence systems, demonstrating the practical importance and potential commercial impact of artificial intelligence technology”. He has been elected to both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The biennial Feigenbaum Prize, established in his honor by the International Conference on Expert Systems, is now administered by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

In 1994-97, he served as Chief Scientist of the Air Force, and received the U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

He was co-founder of three Silicon Valley start-ups, and also served as a Director of the Sperry Corporation. He wrote or edited several best sellers in Artificial Intelligence and computer technology, including Computers and ThoughtThe Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, and The Fifth Generation.

When:
Thursday, January 20, 2011
6:00 p.m. – Networking
6:45-9:00 p.m. – Speaker and Q&A

Where:
Adobe Systems Inc.
601 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Limited parking is available at the 650 King Street garage. Additional street parking is on Townsend St. and 7th St.

Cost:
$10 early bird registration (by Monday, December 6)
$15 alumni registration
$20 public registration

Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Questions?
Contact Merline Saintil at msaintil@alumni.cmu.edu.

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