AAAI deeply regrets to report the sad news of Adele Howe's passing on January 20, 2017. Howe, a AAAI Fellow, was a professor of computer science at Colorado State University (CSU), and was named a Professor Laureate in the College of Natural Sciences at CSU in 2010. She attended The University of Pennsylvania and in 1983 received her B.S.E. in computer science and engineering. She then joined ITT's Artificial Intelligence Research Group. She completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts in 1992. While at the University of Massachusetts she did pioneering work on autonomous agents operating in complex environments, and simulated firefighting in Yellowstone National Park.
Howe's later research focused on autonomous agents, planning systems, human-centered computing, as well as search and combinatorial optimization. One of her many projects was helping to develop the first metacrawler search engine for navigating the web (before there was Google). In 2000 and 2001 she served the United States as a member of the U.S. Defense Science Study Group, a selective and small group of academics charged with reviewing all branches of the military, and anticipating how changes spurred by advanced research will impact the military. She also helped to develop a satellite communication scheduling system for the U.S. Air Force.
In 2015, Howe was named a Fellow of AAAI, and was honored for her significant contributions to the theory, practice and evaluation of automated planning, scheduling and other AI technologies, as well as service to the AI community. In 2016, she was the inaugural recipient of the ICAPS (International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling) Distinguished Service Award.
Howe was a longtime volunteer for AAAI in a host of roles, and most recently served as the cochair for the Senior Member track at AAAI-17. Her commitment to fostering research in artificial intelligence and her passion for building diversity in the field of computer science and artificial intelligence will be sorely missed.
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|Title Annotation:||Member News: In Memoriam|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2017|
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