Michael Loren Mauldin

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Michael Loren "Fuzzy" Mauldin (/ˈmɔːldən/) (born March 23, 1959) is the founder and chief scientist of the Lycos Internet search engine company.[1][2] He developed the Lycos Search Engine while working on the Informedia Digital Library project at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also director of Conversive, Inc. an Artificial Intelligence Software company based in Malibu, California.

Education and research[edit]

He was born on March 23, 1959 in Dallas, Texas to Jimmie Alton Mauldin and Marilyn Jean Taylor. He received his bachelor's degree from Rice University in 1981. From Carnegie Mellon University, he received his master's degree in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1989. His Ph.D. advisor was Jaime Carbonell.

Dr. Mauldin has written two books, ten refereed papers and several technical reports on natural language, autonomous information agents, information retrieval and expert systems. He is also one of the authors of Rog-O-Matic and Julia (a Turing test competitor in the Loebner Prize).

The Verbot program is based on Dr. Mauldin's early work in natural language processing and Chatterbots.

He is an active competitor in the Robot Fighting League and has been involved with Robot Combat for over a decade.

In August 2015, he returned back to Lycos as an Independent Director[3]


  1. ^ Shachtman, Noah (19 September 2002). "A Stab at Celebrity Glamour Fails to Save TV's 'BattleBots'". New York Times. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Press, Hoover's Business (February 1999). Hoover's Handbook of Emerging Companies. Hoover's, Incorporated. p. 204. ISBN 978-1-57311-046-4. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.livemint.com/Companies/FDv7h75dUzSQiyqQp7G3rN/Lycos-founder-Mauldin-returns-to-company-after-17-years.html

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