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AIC Seminar Series

Adventures in Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Nils NilssonRobotics Lab., Dept. of Computer Science, Stanford University[Home Page]

Date:  2003-10-02 at 16:00

Location:  Enterprise Room  (Directions)

   Abstract

I'll reveal details about my three most exciting scientific-technical amorous adventures over the last forty years. Minos, a neural network at SRI, was my first date. Shakey the Robot was a more serious affair, and many prominent progeny resulted. My current infatuation is with Teleo-Reactive programs. This talk is a repeat of my lecture at the 2003 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence---given on the occasion of my receiving the IJCAI "Research Excellence award.

   Bio for Prof. Nils Nilsson

Nils J. Nilsson, Kumagai Professor of Engineering (Emeritus) in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1958. He spent twenty-three years at the Artificial Intelligence Center of SRI International working on statistical and neural-network approaches to pattern recognition, co-inventing the A* heuristic search algorithm and the STRIPS automatic planning system, directing work on the integrated mobile robot, SHAKEY, and collaborating in the development of the PROSPECTOR expert system. He has published five textbooks on artificial intelligence. Professor Nilsson returned to Stanford in 1985 as the Chairman of the Department of Computer Science, a position he held until August 1990. Besides teaching courses on artificial intelligence and on machine learning, he has conducted research on flexible robots that are able to react to dynamic worlds, plan courses of action, and learn from experience.

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