NMR10 Keynote lecture: Prof Emeritus Jack Minker

Professor Emeritus Jack Minker will give a keynote lecture at the 2010 Nonmonotonic Research Workshop (NMR10) in Toronto, Canada on May 14, 2010. The lecture is in honor of the 30th anniversary of the late Raymond Reiter's 1980 paper, "A Logic for Default Reasoning". Reiter was a Principal Founder of the field of Nonmonotonic Reasoning.

Ray Reiter, was one of the leading researchers in the field of artificial intelligence at the time of his 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 2010 Nonmonotonic Reasoning Workshop. In this talk, I discuss Ray, the person, his major contributions to artificial intelligence in data and knowledge bases, default reasoning, cognitive robotics, dynamic systems 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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