We are delighted to announce that Professor Judea Pearl, the "father" of Bayesian networks, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 BayesiaLab User Conference. "There could be no greater honor for the BayesiaLab user community than having Dr. Pearl join our event," says Dr. Lionel Jouffe, cofounder and CEO of Bayesia, who will be hosting the conference. Dr. Jouffe continues, "It is a very special privilege to hear directly from the man who created the Bayesian network paradigm. Our work at Bayesia, our research, and thus our livelihoods, all built upon Dr. Pearl's ingenuity. Without doubt, having him as a keynote speaker will not only be a highlight of our conference, rather, this occasion will mark a personal high point in my 20 years of studying Bayesian networks."
Judea Pearl is a professor of computer science and statistics at UCLA, and distinguished visiting professor at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He has 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. Pearl has authored several hundreds research papers and three books: Heuristics (1984), Probabilistic Reasoning (1988), and Causality (2000;2009), He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAI and the Cognitive Science Society. Pearl received the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal for Computer and Cognitive Science and the 2011 David Rumelhart Prize from the Cognitive Science Society. In 2012, he received the Technion's Harvey Prize and the ACM A.M. Turing Award. for the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning.