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Dr. David Poole

Citation for Dr. David Poole (CAIAC Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 2013)

The Lifetime Achievement award is presented to an individual to recognize a lifetime of scientific excellence and outstanding contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence. We are delighted this year to present this award to Dr. David Poole. 

David received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from Flinders University of South Australia in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Australian National University in 1984. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Waterloo from 1983 to 1985, and was appointed there as an Assistant Professor in 1985. David moved to the University of British Columbia in 1988, where he has been a Professor of Computer Science since 1998.

David is one of Canada's and, indeed, the world's foremost experts on Artificial Intelligence; he is particularly well known for his work on assumption-based reasoning, combining logic and probability and automatic inference algorithms, including probabilistic Horn abduction, independent choice logic, and the well-known variable elimination algorithm for probabilistic inference. David has also made key contributions to lifted probabilistic inference. More recently, he has worked on the probability of existence and identity and on combining probabilities with ontologies, and currently, his research is focused on semantic science: the idea that data and theories can be published referring to formal ontologies, which allows probabilistic theories to be tested on all available data and used on prediction on new cases. 

David's work has been published in over 90 research papers, predominantly in the most prestigious venues our field has to offer. He has also co-authored two widely used text books and one of the originators of AIspace, a prominent set of online tools for learning and exploring concepts in AI. David's work has had a large and transformational impact on the field, witnessed, for example, by the JAIR-IJCAI Best Paper Prize he was awarded in 2009 for his work on CP networks. David has served in numerous leadership position in the international AI community, including as associate editor of the two most prestigious journals in our field, JAIR and AIJ, and as program chair for AAAI and UAI. David held an appointment as a Scholar at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research from 1992 to 1995 and received the C.A. McDowell Medal for Excellence in Research at U.B.C. in 1994. For his contributions in abductive inference and in default and probabilistic reasoning, with applications to diagnosis and decision-making, David has been elected a AAAI Fellow in 2000.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to AI, and to the Canadian AI community in particular, it is our great pleasure to present the CAIAC Lifetime Achievement award to Dr. David Poole.

As all recipients of this award, David is also inducted as a CAIAC Fellow. CAIAC Fellows are eminent members of the Canadian AI community, whose contributions and impact have established them as leaders in any area of AI the Canadian AI community. CAIAC Fellows are appointed for life; they occasionally advise the CAIAC Executive on issues such as adjudication of awards, selection of conference chairs and special initiatives of the association.