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
Core memory: Gerald Sussman, Eugene Charniak, Andee Rubin, Drew McDermott, Eugene Freuder, moderated by Edwina Rissland.


11-12:15 PM Illinois Period, 1973-1984 Keynote: Narendra Ahuja, introduced by Pengyu Hong
Illiac Drum Memory: Tony Maddox, Ray Mooney, Tim Finin, Dick Gabriel, moderated by Gerald DeJong

12:15-1:25PM LUNCH

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
Memory Based Panel: Xiru Zhang, Ron Sun, Evangelos Simoudis, Patrick Tufts, moderated by Rick Alterman.

2:45-3:45 PM Thinking Machines Period, 1984-1993 Keynote: Jill Mesirov, introduced by Xiru Zhang
Parallel Memory Array: Craig Stanfill, Jena Jordahl, Kurt Thearling, Stephen Smith, moderated by Brij Masand.


4-5 PM Columbia CLS Period 2003-2012 Keynote: Rebecca Passonneau, introduced by Kathy McKeown
Memory Boosting: Cynthia Rudin, Vladimir Vapnik, Albert Boulanger, Claire Monteleoni, moderated by Douglas Riecken.

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