More about the winner
In 1984, Pearl did some early work on heuristic search, a trial-and-error method of solving problems. He set a new standard where algorithms had to be analyzed in terms of correctness and performance, something that allowed machines to discover their own heuristics.
Pearl is also the father of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter abducted and killed in Pakistan in 2002, and serves as president of the foundation bearing his name. The Daniel Pearl Foundation’s mission is to “promote tolerance and understanding internationally through journalism, music and dialogue.”
Judea Pearl also worked at UCLA as a professor and formerly served as director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory. He said more and more talented students are coming to him each year, and that it is up to these innovators of the future to determine which of his concepts to keep and which to leave behind.
Pearl joined UCLA in 1970, but prior to that he worked at RCA Research Laboratories and at Electronic Memories. He is a graduate of the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. In 1965, he received a master’s degree in physics from Rutgers University, and in the same year was awarded a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Pearl will receive the award on June 16 at the annual ACM banquet, which will be preceded by the Centenary Celebration, where 33 of the past Turing Award winners will come together for the first time to honor Alan M. Turing at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Prior to Pearl, the Award was won by Leslie G. Valiant (2010); Charles Thacker (2009); Barbara Liskov (2008); Edmund M. Clark, Allen Emerson and Joseph Sifakis (2007); Frances E. Allen (2006); Peter Naur (2005); and Vinton Cerf and Robert E. Kahn (2004).