Patrick Winston

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Patrick Henry Winston
Nationality American
Alma mater MIT (BS 1965, MS 1967, PhD 1970) [1]
Awards IJCAI Computers and Thought Award
Scientific career
Fields Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science
Thesis Learning Structural Descriptions from Examples (1970)
Doctoral advisor Marvin Minsky
Doctoral students David Waltz
Philip Greenspun
Website 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 computer science and AI textbooks, including:

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


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