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Judea Pearl named 2008 Franklin Medal winner

by Dennis Wilen

April 28, 2008 | 2:38 pm

Philadelphia’s prestigious Franklin Institute has named JewishJournal.com contributor Judea Pearl as the 2008 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computers and Cognitive Science.

Dr. Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl and president of the foundation created in his memory, is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at UCLA.

The award has this “citation:”

The 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science is presented to Judea Pearl for creating the first general algorithms for computing and reasoning with uncertain evidence, allowing computers to uncover associations and causal connections hidden within millions of observations. His work has had a profound impact on artificial intelligence and statistics, and on the application of these fields to a wide range of problems in science and engineering.

The bio and old photos in this embedded Franklin Institute video are great. It also explains what he does and why he got the award in language a mortal might actually comprehend, which itself is amazing!

Mazal tov, Judea!

—The Web Guy

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