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Obituary: Nicholas Joseph (Nick) Cercone

CAIAC is deeply saddened to inform the Canadian AI community that Dr. Nicholas Joseph (Nick) Cercone has passed away on Sunday, Dec 6, 2015.

Professor Nick Cercone served CAIAC as its  President in 1982-1984 and was bestowed with CAIAC's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Dr. Cercone was widely recognized as a pioneer, a technical visionary and a world leader in the areas of Natural Language Processing, Big Data and Data Mining.  Dr. Cercone's publications have been cited nearly 6000 times and have an h-index of 35. His research has resulted in over $20 million in research funding.  Dr. Cercone had a great record of sustained excellence in teaching and supervision including supervision/co-supervision of 16 Post-Doctoral Fellows, 78 Ph.D. and M.Sc. students; his former students currently hold titles of Canada Research Chair Tier I and 21 university professors (11 at Canadian universities).

Nicholas Joseph Cercone was  born 18 December 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  and obtained his Ph.D. in 1975 at the University of Alberta.  His career in  Canada started in 1976, with Assistant Professorship at Simon Fraser University.  After many years of stellar work in academia,  Dr. Cercone was appointed Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, York University.  Nick Cercone leaves behind his wife Thanyalak and many friends around the world.

CAIAC expresses its deep condolences to Dr. Cercone's  family.  As a part of the global AI  community,  we all are affected by this loss.

Additional Information: York University News

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