David L. Waltz, who died on March 22nd 2012, was a pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, and made seminal contributions towards solving many of its problems. His career, though cut short by cancer, touched the lives of many others in the field. This event is to celebrate, honor, and remember him, primarily for his Massachusetts family of graduate students and colleagues from academic institutions (MIT, Illinois, Brandeis, and Columbia), as well as his startup company Thinking Machines.
The full day event on Sunday September 23rd 2012 will revisit six phases of his career in AI, and consist of both Keynote lectures and "Memory Panels", comprised of students and colleagues from that period in his life to remember what it was like to work with Dr. Waltz.
8:00 AM Registration opens [BAGELS & PASTRY]
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15-10:30AM MIT AI Lab period, 1961-1972 Keynote: Patrick Winston, introduced by Rodney Brooks
11-12:15 PM Illinois Period, 1973-1984 Keynote: Narendra Ahuja, introduced by Pengyu Hong
1:25 PM Special Guest: Marvin Minsky, CANCELLED due to health issue.
1:45-2:45 PM Brandeis Period: 1984-2002 Keynote: James Pustejovsky, Introduced by Scott Waterman
2:45-3:45 PM Thinking Machines Period, 1984-1993 Keynote: Jill Mesirov, introduced by Xiru Zhang
4-5 PM Columbia CLS Period 2003-2012 Keynote: Rebecca Passonneau, introduced by Kathy McKeown
5-5:30PM AAAI President, 1997-1999 Presidential Memoirs: Barbara Grosz, Tom Mitchell, Bruce Buchanan, Randall Davis, moderated by Manuela Veloso.
5:30 PM Dessert Reception sponsored by Ab Initio