INFORMS Member Wins $1 Million Artificial Intelligence Prize, Equivalent to the Nobel

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INFORMS Member Wins $1 Million Artificial Intelligence Prize, Equivalent to the Nobel

CATONSVILLE, MD, October 22, 2021 – Cynthia Rudin has been named the recipient of the Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Rudin, a prominent INFORMS member, is being honored for her work in pioneering interpretable and transparent artificial intelligence (AI) systems in real-world deployments, the advocacy for these features in highly sensitive areas such as social justice and medical diagnosis and serving as a role model for researchers and practitioners.

She is a professor of computer science and engineering at Duke University and is the second recipient of the new annual award, funded by the online education company Squirrel AI. AAAI serves as the prominent international scientific society serving AI researchers, practitioners, and educators. The AAAI Squirrel AI Award is being dubbed the Nobel Prize of AI.

Rudin has applied her interpretable AI algorithms to several projects beginning with her work with Con Edison, the energy company that powers New York City, where her team was working to predict power failures. She also collaborated with Massachusetts General Hospital designing a system to predict which patients are most at risk of having seizures after a stroke or other brain injury. Her work with the Cambridge Police Department developed an algorithm to discover similarities between crimes to determine whether they might be the work of the same criminal. Her work has been highly influential in establishing interpretable machine learning as a mainstream field within AI. This area has shown to be essential for trustworthy and responsible AI systems.

Rudin is also a three-time recipient of the INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, which recognizes creative and unique applications of analytical techniques.

 

About INFORMS 

With more than 12,000 members from around the world, INFORMS is the largest association for the decision and data sciences, made up of professionals and students. INFORMS members support organizations and governments at all levels as they work to transform data into information, and information into insights that lead to more efficient, effective, equitable and impactful results.

  

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