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Edward Feigenbaum [1]

Edward Albert Feigenbaum,
an American electrical engineer, computer scientist, professor emeritus of computer science at Stanford University, and pioneer in developing expert systems in artificial intelligence, notably the Dendral project [2]. He received his Ph.D., 1960, in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University under supervision of Herbert Simon, describing an Elementary Perceiver and Memorizer, dubbed EPAM, one of the first computer models on how to learn [3], influential in formalizing the concept of a chunk, as for instance in Fernand Gobet's CHREST (Chunk Hierarchy and REtrieval STructures) architecture.

In 1960 Feigenbaum went to the University of California, Berkeley, to teach in the School of Business Administration. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1965 where he was chairman of the CS Department from 1976 to 1981. As professor emeritus at Stanford, Feigenbaum has focused interest, as a Board of Trustees member of The Computer History Museum, on preserving the history of computer science, and with the Stanford Libraries on software for building and using digital archives [4].

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In 2006, a group of scientists, colleagues, and friends gathered at Stanford University for a 70th birthday symposium to celebrate the contributions of Edward A. Feigenbaum, an interdisciplinary computer scientist known as the father of Expert Systems and knowledge-based approaches to artificial intelligence...


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