Harvard's Valiant Wins Turing Award

Wednesday Mar 9th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

The professor conducted much of the foundational work on artificial intelligence that made machines like IBM's Watson possible.

SDTimes: The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has presented its annual Turing Award to Harvard University's Leslie G. Valiant for his “fundamental contributions to the development of computational learning theory and to the broader theory of computer science.”

Valiant did much of the foundational work into artificial intelligence that made computers like IBM's Watson a possibility. “Valiant’s accomplishments over the last 30 years have provided the theoretical basis for progress in artificial intelligence and led to extraordinary achievements in machine learning," said ACM president Alain Chesnais. "His work has produced modeling that offers computationally inspired answers on fundamental questions like how the brain ‘computes.’ ”

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