Ron Brachman

Guest Speaker


Ron Brachman is the Director of the Information Processing Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Brachman was a Research Vice President at AT&T Labs and previously, at Bell Labs. His laboratory performed research in IP communications services and supporting technologies, including secure systems, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Bell Labs in 1985, Dr. Brachman was instrumental in the design and implementation of several wellknown knowledge representation systems and his work formed the basis for an entire subfield of research in AI (Description Logics). He received the B.S.E.E. degree from Princeton University (1971), and S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University (1972, 1977).

Dr. Brachman is currently President of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He has been Program Chair of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, is the co-editor of several books, and with Hector Levesque and Ray Reiter in 1989 founded a series of International Conferences on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, which continue to this day. He served as Secretary-Treasurer for the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence from 1993 to 2002. He has published numerous technical papers, has won a Best Paper award, and is about to finish a textbook on knowledge representation and reasoning. He is a Founding Fellow of AAAI, and was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 1999.