Computer Science Department Welcomes Jim Hendler as Distinguished Lecturer

The Department of Computer Science welcomes Jim Hendler, the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web, and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for its Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, April 7 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in Stuart Building, Room 113. All are welcome.

Hendler, an artificial intelligence researcher, will speak on “AI and the Cognitive Computer: Watson, Go, and What Comes Next.” He will explore the strengths of the new AI technologies and some of the barriers that remain for researchers in deploying these techniques more widely.

Hendler is the director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications. He also is director of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust. He has authored more than 350 technical papers in the areas of Semantic Web (which he helped to originate), AI, agent-based computing and high performance processing. Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship and is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the IEEE and the Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the former chief scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. In 2015, Hendler was appointed a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee.