Jon Oberlander

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Jon Oberlander at the launch of the Take Tea With Turing digital anthology

Jon Reid Oberlander FRSE (16 June 1962 – 19 December 2017) was Professor of Epistemics at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. He received a BA in Philosophy from Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1983 and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1987.[1] [2]


Oberlander described three main strands in his research:[3] intelligent labelling; affect in communication (e.g., in research on personality types in emails with Alastair Gill); and multimodal reasoning and communication (e.g., in research with Keith Stenning on diagrammatic reasoning).


In March 2016 Oberlander was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy for science and letters, where he served as a member of their Young People's committee.[4][5]


  1. ^ Wade, Mike (21 December 2017). "Artificial intelligence pioneer Jon Oberlander dies at 55". The Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. ^ Quigley, Aaron (Spring 2018). "Obituary: Jon Oberlander". ACM. Retrieved 18 December 2018 – via
  3. ^ See his web page.
  4. ^ "Fellows - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". 21 June 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
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