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AI Pioneer Judea Pearl Receives BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

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Judea Pearl.

The award citation also highlighted the impact of Pearl's work on a broad range of fields, such as health and medicine, statistics, and the social sciences.

Credit: UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

Judea Pearl at the University of California, Los Angeles has received Spain's 2021 Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the information and communication technologies category "for laying the foundations of modern artificial intelligence, so computer systems can process uncertainty and relate causes to effects."

Pearl, a recipient of ACM's A.M. Turing Award, invented Bayesian networks, which enable computers to account for uncertainty, as well as a causation calculus that allows empirical scientists to measure and extract cause-and-effect relationships from statistical data and auxiliary knowledge.

"Beyond its broader impact across science and engineering, this formulation is playing a critical role in current research in fairness in machine learning algorithms," the BBVA Foundation said.

From UCLA Samueli School of Engineering
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