Leeds Professor receives major artificial intelligence award

Professor Anthony Cohn from the School of Computing has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Professor Cohn is the first person outside North America to receive this major award. It is also the first time the award will not be presented to an ex-President of the Association, which is one of the largest artificial intelligence membership organisations in the world.

The award recognizes his extraordinary contribution to the discipline of artificial intelligence through sustained service in professional societies, conferences, journals, and funding agencies around the world.

As part of a recently funded collaborative EU project worth €8m, Professor Cohn has obtained a €30k robot for his research in the School. The robot will be designed to understand not just its environment but also the human activities and interactions in that environment.