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Patrick Henry Winston
|Alma mater||MIT (BS 1965, MS 1967, PhD 1970) |
|Awards||IJCAI Computers and Thought Award|
|Fields||Artificial Intelligence |
|Thesis||Learning Structural Descriptions from Examples (1970)|
|Doctoral advisor||Marvin Minsky|
|Doctoral students||David Waltz|
Patrick Henry Winston is an American computer scientist, and is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Winston was director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1972 to 1997, succeeding Marvin Minsky, who left to help found the MIT Media Lab and succeeded by Rodney Brooks. Brooks assisted with merging the lab with the MIT Lab for Computer Science, to form the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Winston received his undergraduate degree from MIT in 1965, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and went on to complete his Masters and PhD there as well, finalizing his PhD in 1970. Winston's thesis work with Marvin Minsky concerned the difficulty of learning; he concluded it was only possible to learn something one nearly already knows. He is active in research and interested in machine learning and human intelligence. Winston is known within the MIT community for his strong commitment to supporting MIT undergraduate culture.
As of December 2013, Winston teaches 6.034: Artificial Intelligence and 6.803/6.833: Human Intelligence Enterprise. Winston is also an author of a number of computer science and AI textbooks, including:
He is also an alumnus of the Mass Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta.
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