Judea Pearl is Chancellor's professor of computer science and statistics at UCLA, and a distinguished visiting professor at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of UCLA in 1970, where he currently directs the Cognitive Systems Laboratory and conducts research in artificial intelligence, human cognition and philosophy of science.

Pearl has authored numerous scientific papers and three seminal books, Heuristics (1983), Probabilistic Reasoning (1988) and Causality (2000, 2009) which won of the London School of Economics Lakatos Award in 2002. A recent book, Causal Inference in Statistics (2016, with M. Glymour and N. Jewell) introduces causal analysis to undergraduate statistics education. His forthcoming "The Book of Why" (2018, with Dana Mackenzie) explains for the general public how the concept of cause and effect, the grand taboo in science, has been algorithmitized to serve in the interpretation of data.

Pearl is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society and a founding Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. In 2012, he won the Technion's Harvey Prize and the ACM Alan Turing Award for the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning.

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