Raymond Reiter Lecture

Professor Emeritus Jack Minker has been invited to present a lecture in honor of Raymond Reiter at the 2010 International Conference on Nonmonotonic Reasoning in Toronto, Canada, in mid-May 2010. The lecture is historical in nature, but is oriented towards those familiar with nonmonotonic reasoning, a subfield of artificial intelligence. Professor Minker will present his lecture at the University of Maryland. Preceding his lecture, he will briefly discuss nonmonotonic reasoning so those unfamiliar with the field will be able to follow the lecture. An abstract of the talk he will present at 2010 NMR follows.

  • Title: Raymond Reiter and Nonmonotonic Reasoning
  • Date: April 28, 2010
  • Time: 1:30-3pm
  • Location: AV Williams Bldg., ISR Conf.Room 1146

Ray Reiter, was one of the leading researchers in the field of artificial intelligence at the time of his untimely death, September 16, 2002, at the age of 63. He received many awards for his seminal contributions: Fellow of the ACM, the AAAI, the Royal Society of Canada and 1993 IJCAI Outstanding Contribution Award. Ray was a principal founder of nonmonotonic reasoning, generally considered to have started in 1980. Thirty years later, in 2010, in the city of his birth, Toronto, we appropriately celebrate Ray at the International Conference on Nonmonotonic Reasoning. In this talk, I discuss Ray, the person, his major contributions to artificial intelligence in data and knowledge bases, default reasoning, cognitive robotics and other topics related to nonmonotonic reasoning. I also discuss work spawned by his contributions. It is a tribute to Ray that his seminal research is still as vibrant and cited today as it was 30 years ago.

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