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Patrick H. Winston is Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1970. He is a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He served as Director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a predecessor of CSAIL, from 1972 to 1997.
Professor Winston has served on many MIT faculty committees throughout his career, including personnel committees, search committees, committees on student life, and MIT's Faculty Policy Committee, the primary committee responsible for formulating policy recommendations for MIT's president. He co-chaired the task force on Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups: Status and Future Development (2002–2004).
Professor Winston's Genesis Group studies how vision, language, and motor faculties account for intelligence, integrating work from several allied fields, including not only Artificial Intelligence, but also Computer Science, Systems Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Linguistics. He's EWall Group focuses on new ways to visualize information, making that information easier to comprehend, analyze, and communicate to others for learning and decision making. One EWall product is the NewsView presentation of the news of the day. He is also active in promoting a new field, Computational Politics, which aims to bring computer scientists and social scientists together to help develop a better understanding of thinking grounded in other cultures.
Computers with Commonsense: Artificial Intelligence at the MIT Round Table
as author at MIT World Series: Technology Day 2009 The Mind's Eye,