National Academy of Engineering: Dr. Joshi of IRCS

Dr. Aravind K. Joshi, the Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science and director of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which honors those who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice, and have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."

Dr. Joshi, who since 1958 has worked on problems that overlap computer science and linguistics, was elected in recognition of his contributions to cognitive science and to natural language processing--the study of how to enable computers to process text and speech. In addition to developing powerful formal grammars and models for natural-language syntax, said Dr. Eduardo D. Glandt, interim dean of SEAS, Dr. Joshi has been "a visionary in interdisciplinary work, building strong collaborations among computer scientists, linguists, mathematicians, philosophers and psychologists."

Dr. Joshi holds degrees from India's Pune University and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, as well as from Penn, where he earned an M.S. in 1958 and a Ph.D. in 1960. A 1972 Guggenheim Fellow and member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton the same year, he is a Founding Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, former president of the Association of Computational Linguistics, and member or Fellow of numerous other honorary and professional societies.

He is the eighth member of the SEAS faculty to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering, joining Dr. Stuart W. Churchill (1974), Dr. Herman P. Schwan (1975), Dr. Paul B. Weisz (1977), Dr. John A. Quinn (1978), Dr. Charles J. McMahon Jr. (1980); Dr. Glandt (1996); and Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy (1997).

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 22, February 23, 1999