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Dean’s Lecture Series: Raj Reddy

November 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Raj Reddy is a University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics and Moza Bint Nasser Chair at Carnegie Mellon University. His talk, “AI: Background, History and Future Opportunities” will provide background and history of artificial intelligence in an attempt to clarify the sources of misinformation about AI in the media recently.

The Dean’s Lecture Series is the principal forum for eminent industry practitioners and government officials to bring their knowledge and perspectives to Carnegie Mellon, and to broaden students’ understanding of important issues.

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Full abstract:

This talk will provide Background and History of AI in an attempt to clarify the sources of misinformation about AI in the media recently.  Many of these predictions are based on flawed reasoning and incorrect extrapolations, and will not happen. Robots will not take over the world. In this talk, we will review tools, techniques and advances in AI over the past half century and explore what might be next.  We will present the architecture of two types of Intelligent Assistants. Cognition Amplifiers will enable humans to do many daily tasks faster and with less effort. Guardian Angels will provide humans with superhuman capabilities and enable humans to do tasks previously impossible.  We will discuss how these Intelligent Agents will lead to Knowledge as a Service Industry (KaaS) and create a Market Place for Apps that provide KaaS.


Raj Reddy is a University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, and Moza Bint Nasser Chair at Carnegie Mellon University.  He was an Assistant Professor at Stanford from 1966-69 and Faculty Member at Carnegie Mellon since 1969. He served as the founding Director of the Robotics Institute from 1979 to 1991 and the Dean of School of Computer Science from 1991 to 1999.

He has been active in AI research for over five decades in the areas of AI, Speech Understanding, Image Understanding, Robotics, Multi-sensor Fusion, and Intelligent Agents.

Dr. Reddy’s current research interests include: Technology in Service of Society, Voice Computing for the 3B semi-literate populations at the bottom of the pyramid, Digital Democracy, and Learning Science and Technologies.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1999 to 2001.  Dr. Reddy is the recipient of the Legion of Honor in 1984, the ACM Turing Award in 1994, the Padma Bhushan in 2001, the Honda Prize in 2005 and Vannevar Bush Award in 2006.


November 11, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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