Henry E. Kyburg, Jr., Burbank Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy and professor of computer science at the University of Rochester, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. The honor is awarded to association members who have made significant contributions to the field of artificial intelligence and are recognized as having unusual distinction in the profession.
A member of the University faculty since 1965, Kyburg is studying the relation between uncertain inference-the human process of reaching conclusions-and data mining, by which computers search for information in data or draw conclusions from it. His research will help contribute to developing ways that artificial intelligence embodied in computers can use information, including making inferences and decisions.
Last year, Kyburg was appointed a research scientist on artificial intelligence at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, which conducts interdisciplinary research for private and government organizations. He is the co-author of Uncertain Inference, which came out in August 2001, and co-editor of Probability is the Very Guide of Life, to be published this year. He has published more than 160 articles on topics ranging from inductive logic, statistical reasoning, and probability to epistemology and knowledge representation.
Kyburg is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the recipient of numerous National Science Foundation grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
The American Association for Artificial Intelligence, founded is 1979, promotes both scientific and public understanding of thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines.