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12/09/91

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Feigenbaum first recipient of World Expert Systems Congress medal

STANFORD -- Edward Feigenbaum, professor of computer science and co-director of the Stanford Knowledge Systems Laboratory, will be the first recipient of the Feigenbaum Medal of the World Congress on Expert Systems.

The medal will be awarded at the opening session of the first World Congress on Expert Systems, in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 16. Feigenbaum, who is one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence research and is often called "the father of expert systems," will give the keynote speech for the congress.

According to Knowledgebase, the newsletter of the International Association of Knowledge Engineers, congress officials named the medal for Feigenbaum and announced that it would be awarded at each congress "for outstanding achievement in expert systems technology and the technology transfer of expert systems worldwide."

Expert systems constitute the most important area of application of artificial intelligence research, and are now an important segment of the software industry. Expert systems are essentially computer models of human expertise in specialty areas, and they often solve such problems as diagnosis, analysis and design with the competence of human experts.

The concepts of expert systems and the technology for their programming were invented and initially developed at Stanford by Feigenbaum and his laboratory in the period 1965-80. Collaborating in this development were Profs. Bruce Buchanan, Joshua Lederberg, Carl Djerassi, Stanley Cohen and other Stanford faculty members.

The Heuristic Programming Project, in which this work was done, is now a part of the Knowledge Systems Laboratory, a multi-school research laboratory shared by Stanford's schools of Engineering and Medicine. It does advanced research on knowledge- based computer programs, with applications to engineering and medicine. Its work is supported primarily by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

Feigenbaum has been at Stanford for 27 years. He is co- editor of the four-volume encyclopedic Handbook of Artificial Intelligence; a popular treatment The Fifth Generation, and other important books in the field. Among his honors are memberships in the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at (415) 723-4878.

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