Randall Davis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Cambridge, Massachusetts davis@csail.mit.edu Office: (617) 253-5879

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Bio/Research

Randall Davis received an AB from Dartmouth (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a PhD from Stanford in artificial intelligence. He joined the EECS Department in 1978, and from 1979-1981 held an Esther and Harold Edgerton Endowed Chair. He served for 5 years as Associate Director of the Artifici...

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Bio/Research

Randall Davis received an AB from Dartmouth (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a PhD from Stanford in artificial intelligence. He joined the EECS Department in 1978, and from 1979-1981 held an Esther and Harold Edgerton Endowed Chair. He served for 5 years as Associate Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is currently a Professor in the Department and a Research Director of CSAIL.

He has been one of the seminal contributors to the field of knowledge-based systems, publishing more than 50 articles and playing a central role in the development of several systems. His current research involves developing advanced tools that permit natural, sketch-based interaction with software, particularly for computer-aided design and design rationale capture.

He has also been active in the area of intellectual property and software. In 1990 he served as expert to the Court in Computer Associates v. Altai, a case that produced the abstraction, filtration, comparison test for software copyright. He served on the panel run by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Academy of Science in 1991 that resulted in Intellectual Property Issues in Software. A 1994 paper in the Columbia Law Review analyzed the difficulties in applying intellectual property law to software and proposed a number of remedies.


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