Tim Finin

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Tim Finin
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Born (1949-08-04) August 4, 1949 (age 69)
ResidenceMaryland, United States
Alma materMIT
University of Illinois
Known forKQML[1]
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence
Semantic web
Natural language processing
Social media[3]
Mobile computing[4]
University of Pennsylvania
ThesisThe Semantic Interpretation of Compound Nominals (1980)
Doctoral advisorDavid Waltz[5]

Timothy Wilking Finin (born 1949 in Walworth, Wisconsin) is the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Chair in Engineering and is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His research has focused on the applications of artificial intelligence to problems in information systems and has included contributions to natural language processing, expert systems, the theory and applications of multiagent systems, the semantic web, and mobile computing.[4][6][7]


Finin earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1971 and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1980.


Prior to joining the UMBC, he held positions at the Unisys Paoli Research Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Since 2007 he has been an affiliate faculty member at the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of more than 450 refereed publications and has received research grants and contracts from a variety of sources.

He has been an organizer of several major conferences, including the IEEE Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Applications, ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, ACM Autonomous Agents conference, ACM Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, International Semantic Web Conference and IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics. He served as an editor in chief of the Journal of Web Semantics from 2005 to 2016, is currently a co-editor of the Viewpoints section of Communications of the ACM and is on the editorial board of several other journals. Finin is a former AAAI councilor and board member of the Computing Research Association.


In 1997 he was selected as a fellow of the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents for his work on agent communication languages. The IEEE Computer Society gave him a Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering contributions to distributed intelligent systems"[8] in 2009. In 2012 he was selected as UMBC's Presidential Research Professor for the three year term 2012-2015. In 2013 he was named a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence for "significant contributions to the theory and practice of knowledge sharing in multiagent systems and on the Web, and for sustained service to the AI community".

In 2018, the Association for Computing Machinery named him an ACM Fellow for his contributions to the theory and practice of knowledge sharing in distributed systems and the World Wide Web.[9]


  1. ^ Finin, T.; Fritzson, R.; McKay, D.; McEntire, R. (1994). "KQML as an agent communication language". Proceedings of the third international conference on Information and knowledge management - CIKM '94. p. 456. doi:10.1145/191246.191322. ISBN 0897916743.
  2. ^ Ding, L.; Finin, T.; Joshi, A.; Pan, R.; Cost, R. S.; Peng, Y.; Reddivari, P.; Doshi, V.; Sachs, J. (2004). "Swoogle". Proceedings of the Thirteenth ACM conference on Information and knowledge management - CIKM '04. p. 652. doi:10.1145/1031171.1031289. ISBN 1581138741.
  3. ^ Java, Akshay; Song, Xiaodon; Finin, Tim; Tseng, Belle (2007). "Why we twitter". Proceedings of the 9th WebKDD and 1st SNA-KDD 2007 workshop on Web mining and social network analysis - WebKDD/SNA-KDD '07 (PDF). p. 56. doi:10.1145/1348549.1348556. ISBN 9781595938480.
  4. ^ a b Tim Finin publications indexed by Google Scholar
  5. ^ Tim Finin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Timothy W. Finin at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  8. ^ 2009 Technical Achievement Award, retrieved 2010-04-03.
  9. ^ "2018 ACM Fellows Honored for Pivotal Achievements that Underpin the Digital Age". Association for Computing Machinery. Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 5 December 2018.