Patrick Henry Winston is an American computer scientist, and is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Winston was director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1972 to 1997, succeeding Marvin Minsky, who left to help found the MIT Media Lab and succeeded by Rodney Brooks. Brooks assisted with merging the lab with the MIT Lab for Computer Science, to form the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Winston's thesis work with Marvin Minsky concerned the difficulty of learning; he concluded it was only possible to learn something one nearly already knows. He is active in research and interested in machine learning and human intelligence. Winston is known within the MIT community for his strong commitment to supporting MIT undergraduate culture.
Winston currently[when?] teaches 6.034: Artificial Intelligence and 6.803/6.833: Human Intelligence Enterprise. Winston is also an author of a number of CS and AI textbooks, including:
- Artificial Intelligence 0201533774
- The Psychology of Computer Vision 0070710481
- Lisp (with Berthold K. P. Horn) 0201083191
- On to C 020158042X
- On to C++ 0201580438
- On to Java (with Sundar Narasimhan) 0201725932
- On to Smalltalk 0201498278
He is also an alumnus of the Mass Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta.
- Personal homepage
- Works by or about Patrick Winston in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Oral History with Patrick H. Winston, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
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