School of Information Science - Hall of Fame

Douglas Lenat
  • Douglas Lenat
  • Born: 1950
  • Field: Artificial intelligence
  • Focus: Based on his research, founded artificial intelligence company Cycorp to catalog human common sense and to develop machines with the ability to reason with it.
  • Country: United States
  • Era: 1990 to present

Doug Lenat is the founder, President, and CEO of Cycorp, which is located in Austin, Texas. He is also the founder of the CYC® project, which led to the founding of the company. Its mission was to codify, in machine-usable form, the millions of pieces of knowledge that comprise human common sense. The mission of Cycorp is to research, develop, and commercialize artificial intelligence. The company's "vision is to create the world's first true artificial intelligence, having both common sense and the ability to reason with it".

Lenat's research has included the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, knowledge representation, blackboard systems, and ontological engineering. He was a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. Lenat was also an original Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

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