Benjamin Kuipers Named AAAS Fellow

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Prof. Benjamin Kuipers

Prof. Benjamin Kuipers has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his “distinguished contributions to artificial intelligence and robotics, particularly on the representation and effective use of incomplete knowledge of space and of dynamic physical mechanisms.”

Prof. Kuipers investigates the representation of commonsense and expert knowledge, with particular emphasis on the effective use of incomplete knowledge. His research accomplishments include developing the TOUR model of spatial knowledge in the cognitive map, the QSIM algorithm for qualitative simulation, the Algernon system for knowledge representation, and the Spatial Semantic Hierarchy model of knowledge for robot exploration and mapping.

Prof. Kuipers joined the University of Michigan in January 2009 as Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Prior to that, he held an endowed Professorship in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also served as Department Chair. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D. from MIT. He is a Fellow of AAAI and IEEE.

About AAAS and the AAAS Fellows Program

Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Is the world’s largest general scientific society. It serves some 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

The AAAS Fellows Program dates back to 1874, with fellows elected by peer AAAS members and chosen because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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