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Benjamin Kuipers

Benjamin Kuipers
Born (1949-04-07)7 April 1949
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Nationality United States
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Swarthmore College
Occupation Computer Scientist, Professor
Employer University of Michigan
Title Fellow of the AAAI and the AAAS

Benjamin Kuipers is an American computer scientist at the University of Michigan.[1]

Educational background

Kuipers graduated from Swarthmore College in 1970 with a B.A. in Mathematics. He then did two years of alternate service as a conscientious objector to military service, working in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. He began his doctoral studies in pure mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2] He soon discovered the field of Artificial Intelligence, and spent most of his time at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, where his advisor was Marvin Minsky. He received his PhD in Mathematics from MIT in 1977. He spent a post-doctoral year as a Research Associate at the MIT Division for Study and Research in Education, funded by a DARPA grant to support collaborative research with BBN psychologist Albert Stevens.

Research and career

Kuipers is known for his research in qualitative simulation.[3] Prior to his professorship at the University of Michigan, he was the Computer Science Department Chair at the University of Texas, Austin. Prof. Kuipers is an elected fellow of the AAAI and the AAAS.[4][5]

Personal stance on military funding

Kuipers is also well known for his personal stance against accepting military funding for his research. As he explains in his essay, "Why don't I take military funding?", during a DARPA-funded post-doctoral year he discovered that the primary interest in his early work on cognitive maps came from military agencies with the goal of building intelligent cruise missiles. As explained in his essay, he felt that he did not want his life's work to contribute to war.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Benjamin Kuipers' home page". Benjamin Kuipers. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Benjamin Kuipers' Bio". Benjamin Kuipers. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Qualitative Simulation". Artificial Intelligence 29: 289–338. 2001.  
  4. ^ "Current AAAI Fellows". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "AAAS - 2012 Fellows". American Association for the Advancement of Science. November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Why don't I take military funding?s". Benjamin Kuipers. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
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