Alan Mackworth

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Alan K. Mackworth
Born (1945-10-18) October 18, 1945 (age 68)
Cambridge, England
Residence Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Nationality Flag of Canada.svg Canadian
Institutions Flag of Canada.svg University of British Columbia
Alma mater Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University of Sussex
Flag of the United States.svg Harvard University
Flag of Canada.svg University of Toronto
Doctoral students

Pooyan Fazli, Jay Glicksman, William S. Havens, Alex Kean, Farzin Mokhtarian, Jan Mulder, Jane I. Mulligan, Bruno da Silva, Robert Jr. St-Aubin, Pooja Viswanathan,

Ying Zhang

Alan Mackworth is a Professor of Computer Science and Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. He is known as "The Founding Father" of RoboCup. He is a former President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Education[edit]

Alan Mackworth was educated at University of Toronto (B.A.Sc.), Harvard University (A.M.) and University of Sussex (D.Phil.).

Research[edit]

He works on constraint-based artificial intelligence with applications in vision, robotics, situated agents, assistive technology and sustainability. He is known as a pioneer in the areas of constraint satisfaction, robot soccer, hybrid systems and constraint-based agents. He has authored over 100 papers and co-authored two books: Computational Intelligence: A Logical Approach (1998) and Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents (2010).

RoboCup[edit]

Alan Mackworth proposed and built the world's first soccer-playing robots, which led to the development of robot soccer as the premier global platform for multi-agent robotic research through the International RoboCup Foundation, where he has been honoured as "The Founding Father". Robot soccer as a challenge problem has great scientific significance. It has now become a standard test environment for cross-testing research ideas: a forum for evolving theories of multi-agent systems. Through regular international RoboCup tournaments many research teams of students and professors compete and cooperate in the development, testing and evolution of new theories and new algorithms.

Career[edit]

He served as the founding Director of the UBC Laboratory for Computational Intelligence. He was President and Trustee of International Joint Conferences on AI (IJCAI) Inc.; he is on the IJCAI Executive Committee.[1] He has served on many editorial boards and program committees. He was VP and President of the Canadian Society for Computational Studies of Intelligence (CSCSI). He served as President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Awards[edit]

Alan Mackworth has received the ITAC/NSERC Award for Academic Excellence, the Killam Research Prize, the CSCSI Distinguished Service Award, the AAAI Distinguished Service Award, the Association for Constraint Programming Award for Research Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian AI Association (CAIAC). He is a Fellow of AAAI,[2] the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Royal Society of Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IJCAI trustees/officers, retrieved 2010-01-25.
  2. ^ AAAI Fellows, retrieved 2010-01-25.

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