The 2015 Lynford Lecture
- Science & Technology
- Pfizer Auditorium: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York NY
Featuring Dr. Judea Pearl '65
NYU-Poly alumnus and winner of the 2011 ACM Turing Award, the highest distinction in computer science, "for fundamental contributions to artificial intelligence through the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning." Pearl is currently a professor of computer science and statistics and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at UCLA.
Each year, NYU-Poly’s Lynford Lecture features a prominent thinker who explains complex information and important ideas with clarity and concision. The series is made possible by Tondra and Jeffrey Lynford and NYU-Poly’s Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing (IMAS). Mr. Lynford is Vice Chairman of the NYU-Poly Board of Trustees, Trustee of New York University, Director of the Trust for Governors Island, a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and President of Educational Housing Services. The Lynfords were instrumental in bringing IMAS Co-Directors Drs. David and Gregory Chudnovsky to NYU-Poly.
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is a comprehensive school of engineering, applied sciences, technology and research, and is rooted in a 158-year tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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