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Judea Pearl,
an Israeli American computer scientist and pioneer in artificial intelligence, professor of computer science at the Cognitive Systems Laboratory of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Judea Pearl is known for developing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and for the formalization of causal reasoning [2] .


In 1980 Judea Pearl researched on search algorithms and introduced the concept of Null Window Alpha-Beta search with the boolean ­procedure TEST of the Scout Algorithm, which was the foundation of NegaScout, Principal Variation Search, NegaC* and MTD(f).


Quote from the Franklin Institute [3] :

Pearl was born in 1936 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Technion in Haifa, Israel in 1960 and went on to earn a masters degree in physics from Rutgers University in 1965 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering the same year from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He worked at RCA Research Laboratories [4] in Princeton until 1970 and has been at the University of California, Los Angeles ever since. 


Judea Pearl's numerous scientific honors include the IJCAI Research Excellence Award in 1999, the Lakatos Award in the philosophy of science in 2001, the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award in 2003, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computers and Cognitive Science in 2008. In 2011, Judea Pearl received the ACM Turing Award for fundamental contributions to artificial intelligence through the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning [5].

Daniel Pearl

In 2002, Judea Pearl's son Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, leading Judea and the other members of the family and friends to create the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

Selected Publications

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see also Richard Korf, Dana Nau and Stuart Russell

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