Boris Katz

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Boris Katz
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BornOctober 5th, 1947
Alma materMoscow State University
Known forSTART
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science

Boris Katz, (born October 5, 1947, Chișinău, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union, (now Chișinău, Moldova)) is a principal American research scientist (computer scientist) at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and head of the Laboratory's InfoLab Group.[1][2] His research interests include natural language processing and understanding, machine learning and intelligent information access. His brother Victor Kac is a mathematician at MIT.

He was able to get out of the USSR with the help of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, before the end of the cold war.[3][4][5][6]

Over the last several decades,[7] Boris Katz has been developing the START natural language system that allows the user to access various types of information using English.


Boris Katz was born on October 5, 1947, in Chișinău in the family of Hersh Katz (died 1976) and Hayki (Klara) Landman (born 1921, Lipcani, Briceni District - died 2006, Cambridge, Middlesex County), who moved from Lipcani, a town located in the northern Bessarabian to Chișinău before the war. He graduated from Moscow State University and in November 1978, he left for the United States thanks to the personal intervention of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.[8] He defended his thesis as a candidate of physical and mathematical sciences in 1975 under the supervision of Evgenii M. Landis.

He currently lives in Boston and heads the InfoLabresearch team at the Laboratory of Informatics and Artificial Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Boris Katz is the creator of the START information processing system (since 1993 - on the Internet), the author of several works in the field of processing, generation and perception of natural languages, machine learning, and accelerated access to multimedia information.[9]


Brothers - Victor Gershevich Katz, American mathematician, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Mikhail Gershevich Katz, Israeli mathematician, graduate of Harvard and Columbia (Ph.D., 1984) universities, professor at Bar-Ilan University, author of the monograph "Systolic Geometry and Topology" (Mathematical Surveys and Monographs, vol. 137. American Mathematical Society: Providence, 2007).[10]

Daughter - Luba Katz, a bioinformatics scientist (her husband is Alan Jasanoff, a neuroimaging scientist, a professor at MIT, the son of Harvard University professors Jay Jasanoff and Sheila Jasanoff[11]).[12][13]

Past works[edit]


  1. ^ Boris Katz
  2. ^ The Brains Behind Watson
  3. ^ Clara Katz; Soviet émigré saved ailing granddaughter
  4. ^ Клара (Хайка) Ландман-Кац (1921—2006), некролог в The Boston Globe
  5. ^ Littlest refusenik on Kennedy: He saved my life Archived 2012-09-25 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Soviet Family Coming to U.S. (Beaver County Times)
  7. ^ "The START Natural Language Question Answering System". Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  8. ^ Katz Family Re-United After 3 Years
  9. ^ Библиография Б. Г. Каца
  10. ^ Mikhail или Michal Katz
  11. ^ Его сестра Майя — историк, профессор Йельского университета.
  12. ^ Luba Katz, PhD
  13. ^ It Runs in the Family
  14. ^ "A Knowledge Entry System for Subject Matter Experts". Artificial Intelligence Center. SRI International. Retrieved 2013-06-13.

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