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BigML Advisor Prof. Dr. Ramon López de Mántaras receives IJCAI Award

by on September 5, 2017

We’re proud to share that long-time BigML Advisor Ramon López de Mántaras, Ph.D., has been awarded the Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award at the 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-17) recently held in Melbourne, Australia.

Prof. Dr. Ramon Lopez de Mantaras

Ramon López de Mántaras, Ph.D. in Physics University of Toulouse III 1974, is the developer of one the first expert systems in Spain and one of the earliest in Europe. He is currently serving as Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CISC) and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA). Previously, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Intelligence Communications and President of the Board of Trustees of the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence. Additionally, he was the first European receiving the AAAI Robert S. Engelmore Award in 2011. Thanks to his deep perspective of the field of Machine Learning, his contributions have been material in shaping BigML’s overall vision and the evolution of our platform roadmap since the early years of our journey.

The IJCAI Distinguished Service Award was presented to Professor López de Mántaras by Michael Woolridge, President of the IJCAI Board of Trustees, for his substantial contributions and service to the field of Artificial Intelligence throughout his career. This award was established in 1979 by the IJCAI Trustees to honor senior scientists in AI for contributions and service to the field during their careers. Dr. López de Mantaras joins a very remarkable field of past winners in: Bernard Meltzer (1979), Arthur Samuel (1983), Donald Walker (1989), Woodrow Bledsoe (1991), Daniel G. Bobrow (1993), Wolfgang Bibel (1999), Barbara Grosz (2001), Alan Bundy (2003), Raj Reddy (2005), Ronald J. Brachman (2007), Luigia Carlucci Aiello (2009), Raymond C. Perrault (2011), Wolfgang Wahlster (2013), Anthony G. Cohn (2015), and Erik Sandewall (2016).

We look forward to further strengthening our collaboration with this source of world-changing innovation, and wish him continued success in his academic endeavors!

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