The Association for Computing Machinery
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ACM HONORS INNOVATORS WHO CHANGED
THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD
Haussler and Pearl Built
Bridges Beyond Computer Science
York, April 27, 2004
-- The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has recognized Dr. David Haussler and Dr. Judea Pearl for separate groundbreaking contributions that
have changed the scientific world beyond computer science and engineering. Dr. Haussler was cited as possibly the most
influential contributor to the field of computational biology. Dr. Pearl made seminal contributions to the field
of artificial intelligence that extend to philosophy, psychology, medicine,
statistics, econometrics, epidemiology and social science. As the recipients of the 2003 Allen Newell
Award, they demonstrate the remarkable influence that computer science and
artificial intelligence can have on other sciences, on practical tools, and on
human thought. The Allen Newell Award,
which is cosponsored by ACM and the American Association for Artificial
Intelligence (AAAI), comes with a cash prize of $10,000.
By focusing on scientific interactions between
computer scientists and molecular biologists, Dr. Haussler has played a leading
role in developing the new field of computational biology. His work laid the foundation for the modern probabilistic
approach to detecting and analyzing the biological components of the human
genome. His collaborations led to algorithms
to assemble the first public working draft of the human genome and posting it
on the World Wide Web. He also aided in
developing interactive web-based browsers that analyzed and annotated genome
sequences of human beings and other organisms.
These web-based tools are used extensively in biomedical research.
Dr. Pearl realized the overwhelming prevalence of
uncertain information in real-world systems, and developed a theoretical and
algorithmic foundation for artificial intelligence based on probability theory.
He forged links between computer science
and statistics, developing models that are used to describe everything from the
effects of diseases to the likely behavior of terrorists. Dr. Pearl’s ideas have revolutionized the
understanding of causality in statistics, psychology, medicine and the social
sciences. His book Probabilistic Reasoning in Intelligent Systems, is among the single most
influential works in shaping the theory and practice of knowledge-based
Dr. Haussler is an investigator for the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute and holds the University of California Presidential Chair at the Santa Cruz campus.
He directs the UCSC Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, and is
a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
and the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado, and an MS in Applied Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University. A graduate of Connecticut College with a BA in Mathematics, Dr. Haussler is a past chairman of the
Steering Committee for the Computational Learning Theory Conferences (COLT) and
Associate Editor for the Journal of Computational Biology.
is Professor of Computer Science at the University of California in Los Angeles, and Director of UCLA’s Cognitive Systems
Laboratory. He graduated from
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, where he earned a PhD in electrical engineering. He received an MS in Physics from Rutgers University and BS in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, in Haifa, Israel. A member
of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Pearl is a Fellow of AAAI and of
the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is President of the Board of Directors of
the Daniel Pearl Foundation (www.danielpearl.org),
and has asked that his share of the Allen Newell Award be donated to the
ACM will present the Allen Newell Award at the
annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 5, at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The
award was named for Allen Newell, a pioneer in artificial intelligence. It is presented to an individual selected for
career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge
computer science and other disciplines. This endowed award is supported by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence,
and by individual contributions.
ACM (www.acm.org) is widely recognized as the premier
organization for computing professionals, delivering resources that advance the
computing and IT disciplines, enable professional development, and promote
policies and research that benefit society.
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Computing Literature, and serves its global membership with journals and
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