Raj Reddy

July 11, 2009

Dr. Raj Reddy is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1960-63, Dr. Reddy worked as an Applied Science Representative for IBM Corp., in Australia. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Stanford in 1966. He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty as an Associate Professor of Computer Science in 1969. He became a Full Professor in 1973, a University Professor in 1984, and named as the Simon University Professor in 1992. He served as the founding Director of the Robotics Institute from 1979 to 1991. He served as the Dean of School of Computer Science from 1991 to 1999.

Dr. Reddy received a BE degree from the Guindy Engineering College (currently named Anna University) of the University of Madras, India in 1958 and a MTech degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 1960. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1966.

Dr. Reddy’s research interests include the study of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. His current research projects include spoken language systems; invisible computing, gigabit networks; universal digital libraries; and distance learning.

His professional honors include: Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Member of the National Academy of Engineering and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence from 1987 to 89. He is a recipient of the IBM Research Ralph Gomory Fellow Award in 1991.

Dr. Reddy was awarded the Legion of Honor by President Mitterand of France in 1984. He was awarded the ACM Turing Award in 1994. He is a member and co-chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on Information Technology (PITAC). He has been awarded honorary doctorates (Doctor of Science Honoris Causa) from SV University in India, Universite Henri-Poincare in France, University of New South Wales in Australia, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India, and University of Massachusetts in USA. He serves on the Board of Governors of Peres Institute for Peace in Israel.

See essays by this author:
Infinite Memory and Bandwidth: Implications for Artificial Intelligence
Toward Teleportation, Time Travel and Immortality