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Princeton Resident Honored for Distinguished Service to the Artificial Intelligence Community

Sep 6, 2011

PRINCETON, N.J. -- After four decades as a leading academic, private industry researcher, and adviser to agencies such as NASA and the Army Research Lab, David L. Waltz was chosen to receive the Distinguished Service Award at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

In August, when the conference opened in San Francisco, he wasn't about to let 2,500 miles - or a hospital stay - keep him from making an appearance.

So with the help of the information technology (IT) staff at University Medical Center at Princeton, Dr. Waltz managed a virtual visit to San Francisco to accept the Distinguished Service Award and participate in a panel discussion about the history of Artificial Intelligence, a major focus of his life's work.

Dr. Waltz thanked the hospital, in particular Boyle Liu, Manager of IT Services, for making it possible. Mr. Liu arranged temporary access to the hospital's wireless network, established contact to the conference via Skype, and then worked with technicians on the other end to troubleshoot the connection and ensure the conference attendees could see and hear Dr. Waltz.

"It was imperative for me to be there, if at all possible," Dr. Waltz said. "As past president of AAAI, I consider the Distinguished Service Award a rare honor. It was humbling and gratifying to be considered, because the award is from peer experts."

An 18-year Princeton resident, Dr. Waltz is a former president of the NEC Research Institute in Princeton and the Founding Director of the Center for Computational Learning Systems at Columbia University, which was created in 2003. To read more about Dr. Waltz's award, click here.