Patrick Winston

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Patrick Henry Winston
Nationality American
Fields Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science
Alma mater MIT (BS 1965, MS 1967, PhD 1970) [1]
Thesis Learning Structural Descriptions from Examples (1970)
Doctoral advisor Marvin Minsky
Doctoral students David Waltz
Peter Andreae
Richard Doyle
Richard Lathrop
Gary Borchardt
Jintae Lee
Barbara Bryant
Kirsten Moore
Michael de la Maza
Satyajit Rao
Deniz Yuret
Philip Greenspun
Timothy Chklovski
Keith Bonawitz
Jennifer Roberts
Mark Finlayson
Notable awards IJCAI Computers and Thought Award
Personal homepage

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.[citation needed]

As of December 2013, Winston 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:

He is also an alumnus of the Mass Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta.[citation needed]


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