Margaret A. Boden

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ACM AAAI Allen Newell Award

United Kingdom - 2017


For contributions to the philosophy and historiography of cognitive science and artificial intelligence, particularly in the study of human creativity.

Prof. Margaret A. Boden has been contributing to the philosophy of AI and cognitive science from the 1960s up to the present day. She has an unusually interdisciplinary background with degrees in medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology, and she integrates these disciplines with AI in her research. Her main contributions include seminal work to define and nurture the area of computational creativity and creative cognition, as well as her work on the history of cognitive science and its computational connections. She also played a leading role in early discussions of the benefits and risks of AI. Her philosophical perspective has enlightened AI during her whole career, bringing an original perspective.

Prof. Boden has been awarded an OBE medal (Order of the British Empire) for services to cognitive science, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society for Artificial Life, and the Covey Prize by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy. She is a Life Fellow of AISB, and a Fellow of AAAI, ECCAI, British Academy, and of the Society for Cognitive Science. She holds honorary doctorates from three UK universities and is the holder of the Doctor of Science from the University of Cambridge.

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