Professors Craig Boutilier (DCS alum, 1992) and Eugene Fiume (DCS alum, 1986) have been elected 2014 Fellows of Canadian Royal Society. The Royal Society of Canada
(RSC) was established in 1882 as the senior Canadian collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. The main purpose of the Society is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences.
Craig Boutilier’s citation for the nomination reads "...research in artificial intelligence, specifically in knowledge representation, computational decision support and computational economics, has had wide-ranging impact throughout the discipline. His introduction of factored, relational and first-order models greatly expanded the range and size of stochastic sequential decision problems that can be solved efficiently. His work on preference modeling and elicitation have provided strong theoretical foundations and effective algorithms for practical individual and group decision support systems”.
Eugen Fiume citation states, “...realistic computer graphics is an extremely active area of scientific research that has had an immense effect on design, manufacturing, culture and entertainment. Eugene Fiume has made outstanding contributions to the mathematical foundations of the field, pioneering the creation of new algorithms in physical computer animation, illumination, and geometric modelling. His algorithms, such as the simulation of fire and water, the animation of human bodies, the manipulation of shapes, and the computation of light and shadow, are now part of the products that are used to create the images we see every day in film and design”.
Congratulations Craig and Eugene!