Edward Feigenbaum

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Edward Albert Feigenbaum
27. Dr. Edward A. Feigenbaum 1994-1997.jpg
Born (1936-01-20) January 20, 1936 (age 78)
Weehawken, New Jersey
Nationality American
Fields Computer Science
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Doctoral advisor Herbert A. Simon
Notable awards Turing Award (1994)
Computer Pioneer Award (2013)

Edward Albert Feigenbaum (born January 20, 1936) is a computer scientist working in the field of artificial intelligence. He is often called the "father of expert systems."


Feigenbaum was born in New Jersey in 1936 to a culturally Jewish family.[1] Feigenbaum completed his undergraduate degree (1956), and a Ph.D. (1960),[2][3] at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). In his Ph.D thesis, carried out under the supervision of Herbert A. Simon, he developed EPAM, one of the first computer models of how people learn.[4]

He received the ACM Turing Award, the most prestigious award in computer science, jointly with Raj Reddy in 1994 "For pioneering the design and construction of large scale artificial intelligence systems, demonstrating the practical importance and potential commercial impact of artificial intelligence technology". A former chief scientist of the Air Force, he received the U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 1997. In 1984 he was selected as one the initial fellows of the ACMI and in 2007 was inducted as a Fellow of the ACM. In 2011, Feigenbaum was inducted into IEEE Intelligent Systems' AI's Hall of Fame for the "significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems".[5][6]

He founded the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University.

He was co-founder of several start-ups, such as IntelliCorp and Teknowledge.

In 2012, he was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum "for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence and expert systems."[7]

In 2013, Feigenbaum was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award for "pioneering work in Artificial Intelligence, including development of the basic principles and methods of knowledge-based systems and their practical applications."

Articles by Edward Feigenbaum[edit]


  1. ^ Len Shustek. "An Interview with Ed Feigenbaum". Communications of the ACM. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Edward Albert Feigenbaum at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "ProQuest Document ID 301899261". ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (ProQuest). Retrieved September 19, 2011 
  4. ^ "Guide to the Edward A. Feigenbaum Papers". Stanford University. 2010. p. 2. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "AI's Hall of Fame". IEEE Intelligent Systems (IEEE Computer Society) 26 (4): 5–15. 2011. doi:10.1109/MIS.2011.64.  edit
  6. ^ "IEEE Computer Society Magazine Honors Artificial Intelligence Leaders". DigitalJournal.com. August 24, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011.  Press release source: PRWeb (Vocus).
  7. ^ "Edward Feigenbaum". Computer History Museum. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 

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