Educational Technology

March 24, 2011

Artificial intelligence researcher from Harvard wins Turing Award, considered the Nobel of computing

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by Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

A Harvard University professor whose artificial intelligence work has helped the advent of “thinking machines” has won what is regarded in computing circles as the equivalent of the Nobel prize for technology research. Leslie G. Valiant, who teaches computer science and applied mathematics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is the 2010 recipient of the A.M. Turing Award from the Assn. for Computing Machinery. His work has helped speed along machines such as Watson, the IBM computer that dominated two “Jeopardy” game show champions last month. The $250,000 prize is funded by Intel Corp. and Google Inc. It is named for British mathematician Alan M. Turing

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