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  • 9 February 2004 11:20

A beautiful artificial mind – AI pioneer visits UTS

The computer science pioneer credited with coining the term "artificial intelligence", Professor John McCarthy, will kick off a workshop on progress towards replicating human reasoning on Wednesday (11 February) at the University of Technology, Sydney.

An emeritus professor at Stanford University in the US, Professor McCarthy is active in current research aimed at modelling what we call 'commonsense'.

The UTS workshop is bringing together researchers from Australia and overseas interested in furthering the frontiers of knowledge representation and reasoning.

Organiser Professor Mary-Anne Williams of the UTS Faculty of Information Technology said the work wasn't simply about the Holy Grail of the thinking computer.

"The field of knowledge representation and reasoning is a key driver of innovation in computer science," Professor Williams said. "It is important to all forms of problem solving and critical analysis in a wide range of domains from economics to engineering."

Professor McCarthy completed his PhD in Mathematics at Princeton where he was a graduate student with John Nash (of the movie "A Beautiful Mind" fame). He first used the term Artificial Intelligence in 1955 and in 1956 organised a now famous first workshop on artificial intelligence at Dartmouth.

He has made several groundbreaking discoveries and contribtions to the field of computer science during his career, including the concept of time-sharing computer systems and the programming language LISP. He also co-developed situation calculus, a key mathematical tool in the field of reasoning about actions.

Professor McCarthy is a Distinguished Visiting Professor to UTS funded by the university's Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, the Faculty of Information Technology and the Australian Research Council.

Note: Professor McCarthy has arrived in Sydney and will be available for interview prior to the workshop. The event is being hosted by the Innovation and Technology Research Laboratory in the Faculty of Information Technology.


Australian Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Conventicle Date: Wednesday 11 February 2004 Time: 9.20am - 5.30pm Location: UTS City campus, Building 10, Jones St, Ultimo, Level 4, Room 460


Further Information and interviews: Professor Mary-Anne Williams Ph 9514 1940 or 0439 439 942

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