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Judea Pearl to Receive Inaugural Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling

Judea Pearl, who received the ACM AAAI Allen Newell Award for 2003, and the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 2011.

The American Mathematical Society has named ACM A.M. Turing laureate Judea Pearl to receive the 2018 Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling.

Credit: Society for Epidemiologic Research

Judea Pearl will receive the 2018 Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling for the invention of a model-based approach to probabilistic and causal reasoning, for the discovery of innovative tools for inferring these models from observations, and for the development of novel computational methods for the practical applications of these models. (Photo: UCLA Engineering.)

Ulf Grenander sought to develop general tools for constructing realistic models of patterns in natural and man-made systems. He believed in the power of rigorous mathematics and abstraction for the analysis of complex models, statistical theory for efficient model inference, and the importance of computation for bridging theory and practice. Judea Pearl has relied on these very same principles, bringing to it an energy and creativity that is remarkably reminiscent of the scientific life of Ulf Grenander.

Pearl has had a sweeping impact on the theory and practice of statistics and machine learning, and his ideas continue to engage mathematicians, statisticians, and many other scientists with challenging analytic and algorithmic problems that are at the heart of modern AI.


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