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Aravind Kumar Joshi (अरविन्द कुमार जोशी) was born in 1929 in Pune, India. He is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science in the computer science department of the University of Pennsylvania. Joshi defined the tree-adjoining grammar formalism which is often used in computational linguistics and natural language processing.

Joshi studied at Pune University and the Indian Institute of Science, where he was awarded a BE in electrical engineering and a DIISc in communication engineering respectively. Joshi's graduate work was done in the electrical engineering department at the University of Pennsylvania, and he was awarded his PhD in 1960. He became a professor at UPenn and is the co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.

Awards and Recognitions[]

  • Guggenheim fellow, 1971-72
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 1976
  • Best Paper Award at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 1987
  • Founding Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 1990
  • IJCAI Award for Research Excellence, 1997
  • Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, 1998
  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 1999
  • First to be awarded the Association for Computational Linguistics Lifetime Achievement Award at the 40th anniversary meeting of the ACL, 2002
  • Awarded David E. Rumelhart Prize in 2003
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science, 2005

On April 21st, 2005, Joshi was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. The Franklin Institute citation states that he was awarded the medal "for his fundamental contributions to our understanding of how language is represented in the mind, and for developing techniques that enable computers to process efficiently the wide range of human languages. These advances have led to new methods for computer translation."

Preceded by:
Richard M. Karp
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science
Succeeded by:
Donald Norman
Preceded by:
ACL Lifetime Award
Succeeded by:

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