June 23, 2000

Judea Pearl
Computer Science Department
University of California, Los Angeles
4532 Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, California 90024-1301

Dear Judea:

I am delighted to inform you that you have been selected as the recipient of the 2000 AAAI Classic Paper Award. This award was established in 1999 to honor the author(s) of paper(s) deemed most influential, chosen from a specific conference year. The 2000 award is being given to the most influential paper(s) from the Second National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, held in 1982 at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As the author of "Reverend Bayes on Inference Engines: A Distributed Hierarchical Approach," you are being honored for revolutionizing uncertain reasoning through the introduction of efficient Bayesian inference methods.

The award, which includes a $2,500 prize, will be presented at AAAI-2000 in Austin, Texas at 8:45 am on Tuesday, August 1, just prior to the presidential address.
I hope to see you in Austin so that I can personally congratulate you at that time.


David L. Waltz
AAAI Awards Committee Chair
Past President, AAAI