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Sheila McIlraith named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery

December 20, 2019

Sheila McIlraith, a professor in the department of computer science in the Faculty of Arts & Science, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The ACM – which also bestows the Turing Award, computer science’s Nobel Prize – is the world’s largest computing society. Fellows are recognized for their contributions toward “the technologies that define the digital age” and represent the top one per cent of the organization’s membership.

McIlraith’s research is in the area of artificial intelligence where she studies mathematical principles and computational techniques that govern deliberative reasoning tasks. She is being recognized for contributions to knowledge representation and its application to automated planning and semantic web services.

“It's a tremendous honour to be recognized by such an esteemed organization,” McIlraith said. “I'm thankful for the intellectual community at the University of Toronto, and for the support for basic research in Canada. They have given me and my students the freedom to pursue fundamental questions in artificial intelligence.”

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