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Judea Pearl


Judea Pearl is a professor of computer science and statistics at UCLA.  He is a graduate of the Technion, Israel,and has joined the faculty of UCLA in 1970, where he currently directs the Cognitive Systems Laboratory and conducts research in artificial intelligence, causal inference 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 Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Pearl received the 2002 Lakatos Award from the London School of Economics,  the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute and the 2011 David Rumelhart Prize from the Cognitive Science Society. In 2012, he receivedthe Technion’s Harvey Prize and the ACM Alan M. Turing Award.

In this lecture, Professor Pearl will talk about the foundations of causal and counterfactual reasoning, how graphical models came into being, and why epidemiology is currently the leading spearhead of the causal revolution.

Related papers, lectures and videos can be viewed here:

  • 2015 Plenary – Cassel Lecture