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CMU’s Reddy, Feigenbaum named to AI Hall of Fame

The IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine has chosen Carnegie Mellon computer science and robotics professor Raj Reddy, Stanford University professor emeritus and Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. alumnus Edward Feigenbaum, and eight others involved in artificial intelligence research as inductees into the inaugural IEEE Intelligent Systems Hall of Fame.

Launched more than 25 years ago, IEEE Intelligent Systems was one of the first technical magazines that emerged to cover the growing field of artificial intelligence.

Just last year, the magazine’s editorial and advisory boards decided to start an annual Hall of Fame contest as an expression of their appreciation and respect for pioneers from all over the world who have made significant contributions to the study and development of intelligent systems.

“It is always exciting to see that there are people with such passion in a field, and we hope that our Hall of Fame will be a way to recognize and promote creative work and progress in AI and intelligent systems,” said Fei-Yue Wang, editor-in-chief of the magazine, in a press release.

Other inductees into the newly established Hall of Fame include Tim Berners-Lee, Noam Chomsky, Douglas Engelbart, John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, Nils J. Nilsson, Judea Pearl, and Lotfi Zadeh.

English professor releases his new book, Trigger Man

Jim Ray Daniels, the Thomas Stockham Baker professor of English at Carnegie Mellon and a writer well known for his accurate portrayals of the gritty spirit of urban America, has more tales to tell of the streets of Detroit in his new collection of short stories, Trigger Man.

“The characters are a little older than in Detroit Tales, my previous book of stories about Detroit,” Daniels said in a press release. “The stories are a little darker and less coming of age. A number of these are family stories — families that are fractured and broken — and how they re-form out of the fragments.”

Stories in Trigger Man include “Candy Necklace,” a sad story from the point of view of a young girl, and “Clown, Drown,” a paper for a community college composition class with typos and grammatical errors included to preserve its authenticity.

In spite of the challenging situations they face, Daniels’ characters stand resiliently, ready to tackle whatever tragedies befall them next. “They are people coming to term with their lives,” he said in the press release.
Trigger Man is Daniels’ fourth book of short stories. He also has published 12 books of poetry, most recently Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Daniels has also written three films.