Interdisciplinary Talk

Judea Pearl will review concepts, principles, and mathematical tools that were found useful in applications involving causal inference. The principles are based on structural-model semantics, in which functional (or counterfactual) relations represent physical processes. This semantical framework, enriched with a few ideas from logic and graph theory, gives rise to a complete, coherent, and friendly calculus of causation that unifies the structural, graphical and potential-outcome approaches to

Mon, October 20, 2008 | ACES 2.302 (Avaya Auditorium)

11:00 AM

Dr. Pearl joined the faculty of UCLA in 1970, where he currently directs the Cognitive Systems Laboratory and conducts research in artificial intelligence, human reasoning and philosophy of science. He has authored three books: Heuristics (1984), Probabilistic Reasoning (1988), and Causality (2000). A member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Founding Fellow the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Judea Pearl is the recipient of the IJCAI Research Excellence Award for 1999, the London School of Economics Lakatos Award for 2001, the ACM Alan Newell Award for 2004, and the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal of Computer and Cognitive Science from the Franklin Institute.

Sponsored by: Artificial Intelligence Lab; Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation; Population Research Center

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