Turing Prize for Leslie Valian - one of the creators of Watson
March 14th, 2011 - 11:19 am ET by D. T.
One of the conceivers of IBM’s Watson super computer has been awarded the Turing prize.
In February, IBM’s Watson super computer participated in television game Jeopardy, coming out as the winner. One of the people who participated in its conception, Leslie Valian, has now been awarded the Turing prize - the IT industries equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
British and around fifty years of age, this professor of theoretical computing and applied mathematics teaches at the prestigious Harvard University in the United States has now been rewarded for his "contribution to the evolution of cognitive computing theory and more generally computing theory".
According to Alain Chesnais, president of the Association for Computing Machinery - an American non-for-profit organisation that supports scientific research and IT innovation, the awarding of the Turing prize is for:
"Leslie 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. His work has produced modelling that offers computationally inspired answers on fundamental questions like how the brain 'computes.(…) His profound vision in computer science, mathematics, and cognitive theory have been combined with other techniques to build modern forms of machine learning and communication, like IBM's [Jeopardy! champion] 'Watson' computing system."