Thursday, July 20, 2006

Lunch with a AAAI Fellow

I had the pleasure of participating the "Lunch with a AAAI Fellow" event yesterday. We were fortunate enough to meet not one but two AAAI Fellows, Dr. Marty Tenenbaum and Dr. Harry G. Barrow. We were taken to a nice seafood restaurant where we had the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics with the fellows. Both Dr. Tenenbaum and Dr. Barrow were very insightful and a provided a lot of very useful advice about our own research and the research career in general.

I feel very priviledged to have been given this opportunity and I would like to thank Dr. Tenenbaum and Dr. Barrow again for their time and the effort they put into this event.


Blogger Arthur said...

Let's open up for debate the idea of whether there should even be a group of "AAAI Fellows." About fifteen years ago, the AAAI honchos voted in a select number of themsleves as "Fellows" of the AAAI. I was so disgusted by the whole process that I quit the AAAI. There were suddenly too many chiefs and too few Indians. You dues-paying students are being ripped off by being asked to support an elitist, Establishment organization that puts you down on the bottom as dues-paying suckers while the tenured, self-perpetuating, self-congratulating upper crust makes no appreciable progress towards True AI but nevertheless votes in their cronies each year as a new roster of AI Mafia "made" men and women. Next time you have lunch with an AAAI Fellow, ask him or her how they have the gall, the unmitigated chutzpah, to set themselves as Chiefs above you good-for-nothing-but-paying-dues Indians. If you do not get a satisfactory answer, shake the dust from your shoes and quit the AAAI as I did -- in disgust.

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Blogger XXXXXXXXXXX said...

Yikes! I think this is perhaps going a shade too far in condeming the AAAI Fellows. In general when you look at the folks who hold this title, they have done good work and contributed much to our community. Have they solved AI? No. But, I really don't think anyone has - in other words, I don't think there is some group of outsiders who are being kept down by the AAAI Fellows.

It is easy to condemn such groups in the abstract, but when you meet them one by one, you realize they are decent hardworking people much like you and I, except perhaps they might have been slogging away at this stuff for a few more years. And I do think it's very gracious of them to have lunch with students as a part of AAAI, and I hope they continue to do so.

One of the better events at AAAI this year I think was the Panel Discussion based on the AAAI Fellows meeting. It was really interesting to hear about the history of the field, and learn what they thought some of the significant opportunities for progress were in the next few years.

1:35 PM  
Blogger XXXXXXXXXXX said...

Here's the list of AAAI Fellows, BTW...

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