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Professor Shlomo Zilberstein Selected to Receive AAAI Distinguished Service Award

Shlomo Zilberstein

Professor Shlomo Zilberstein has been chosen to receive the 2019 Distinguished Service Award by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a nonprofit society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines.

Zilberstein will receive the award during the 33rd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Honolulu, HI for his "sustained and conscientious service and leadership, both to AAAI as a councilor and conference committee chair, and to the broader AI community, as the president of ICAPS."

His research in artificial intelligence focuses on reasoning techniques that allow intelligent systems to operate autonomously while coping with uncertainty and limited resources, as well as recognize their limitations and obtain human assistance. In collaboration with industry, he has applied his research to developing service robots and self-driving cars.

Zilberstein is the Associate Dean of Research and Engagement for the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), UMass Amherst. He joined CICS as assistant professor in 1993, and is currently Professor and Director of the Resource-Bounded Reasoning Lab. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993.

A fellow of AAAI, he is a recipient of NSF CAREER award and six best paper awards. A former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR), he serves on the editorial boards of the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ), the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (JAAMAS), and Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (AMAI).