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February 11, 2022
Judea Pearl, chancellor’s professor of computer science at the UCLA Samueli
School of Engineering, and CS Distinguished Visiting Professor, has received the
2021 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the information and
communication technologies category “for laying the foundations of modern
artificial intelligence, so computer systems can process uncertainty and relate
causes to effects."
Pearl’s research has paved the way for AI tech, such as driverless cars and
voice recognition software. Through his invention of Bayesian networks, which
enables computers to reason with uncertainty, Pearl became a giant in the field
of artificial intelligence. He is also credited with developing a calculus of
causation that allows empirical scientists to quantify and discover
cause-and-effect relationships from statistical data and auxiliary knowledge.