Obituary


AirAsia Employee Dies Mid-Flight, Plane Makes Emergency Landing

International Business Times

An AirAsia flight AK416 from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung, capital of Indonesia's West Java province was diverted to Johor's Senai International Airport on Wednesday after a male employee died mid-flight. The budget airlines confirmed the news in a report by the New Straits Times that the flight was diverted to Johor, a state in southern Malaysia because of a "medical emergency". In this photo, an Indian airport staff member walks next to an AirAsia airplane after it landed on its inaugural flight from New Delhi to Bagdogra Airport on Feb. 19, 2017. The airlines stated that although the staff member, who remained unidentified, was given immediate medical attention upon landing, he was later pronounced dead by a doctor on the ground. "The AirAsia family is saddened by the loss of an All-star and extends our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.


Ursula K Le Guin Quotes: 'Earthsea' Trilogy Author Dies At 88

International Business Times

Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning author of some of the most popular science fiction and fantasy books, died Monday aged 88 at her home in Portland, Oregon. The news of her death was confirmed on her verified Twitter account, according to a brief family statement. "The family of Ursula K. Le Guin is deeply saddened to announce her peaceful death yesterday afternoon," her family said in the statement. Le Guin's son, Theo Downes Le Guin, told the New York Times that the author died after several months of poor health. Guin was born in Berkeley, California, on Oct.21, 1929.


Ursula K Le Guin: US fantasy author dies at home in Oregon

BBC News

Award-winning US science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin has died, aged 88, her family said. The best-selling writer passed away on Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after a period of ill health, said her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin. Le Guin's books melded dragons and wizards with spaceships to tackle earth-bound problems of race, gender and class. Translated into dozens of languages, her books have sold millions of copies. She was best known for the Earthsea series, written for young adults, and The Left Hand of Darkness, set on a planet where everyone is ambisexual.


Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

NYT > U.S.

Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like "The Left Hand of Darkness" and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, confirmed the death. He did not specify a cause but said she had been in poor health for several months. Ms. Le Guin embraced the standard themes of her chosen genres: sorcery and dragons, spaceships and planetary conflict. But even when her protagonists are male, they avoid the macho posturing of so many science fiction and fantasy heroes.


Robert F. Simmons In Memoriam

AI Magazine

He married Patricia Enderson in 1950, and they raised five children. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1954 from the University of Southern California. His dissertation was entitled "The Prediction of Accident Rates from Basic Design Features of USAF Aircraft." His first job after graduation was with Douglas Aircraft Corporation in Santa Monica, California, where he developed computerized methods for statistical forecasting of labor costs for building newly designed airplanes. He began work in 1955 at RAND Corporation and continued in 1957 at its offshoot, the System Development Corporation (SDC), also in Santa Monica, where he was head of the Language Processing Research Program until 1968.


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AI Magazine

Ray the adventurer was always eager to try new ideas and directions. He was not afraid to enter murky areas, and he always left them better illuminated. He introduced terms to the AI community such as default logic, closed-world assumption, and cognitive robotics; he opened avenues of theoretical research with new resolution proof methods and logics for nonmonotonic reasoning, diagnosis, and action; and he was the prime mover in the Cognitive Robotics initiative that has led to a whole new program of research. And he was an adventurer in more than just ideas. He frequently traveled to remote locations to add to his extraordinary collection of rare and exotic lepidoptera.


Mile Baird, Perry W. Thorndyke, and Jay M. Tenenbaum

AI Magazine

He is survived by his wife, Dagmar Dolan, and his 15 year old daughter Bronja Prazdny. Slava was recognized internationally as an expert in many aspects of human and machine perception. During his prolific career, he had published over 60 journal articles reporting research in human perception, stereo vision, image processing, robotics, perceptual reasoning and learning, adaptive neural networks, and psychophysics. Slava derived his greatest pleasure from concocting clever demonstrations aimed at destroying currently popular theories of perception His work on transparent random-dot stereograms, for example, challenges widely-held theories of stereopsis that rely on surface continuity assumptions to resolve depth ambiguities. We were fortunate to have worked beside Slava during his tenure in California.


In Memoriam: Robert Engelmore

AI Magazine

Robert S. (Bob) Engelmore, who retired in 1998 from the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Stanford University, died in an ocean accident in Hawaii on March 25, 2003. As the second editor of AI Magazine, he guided its development from 1981 to 1991; he was also elected a fellow of AAAI in 1992. He had been involved in many aspects of AI and was respected for his uncommon common sense and good humor. He played football for Briarcliff Manor High School, learned to play the piano, and most importantly nurtured a deep interest in science. He won a nationally prestigious Westinghouse science scholarship to Carnegie Institute of Technology (later Carnegie Mellon University) and became a physics major.


In Memoriam: Raymond Reiter

AI Magazine

Raymond Reiter, a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and winner of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 1993 Outstanding Research Scientist Award, died September 16, 2002, after a yearlong struggle with cancer. Reiter, known throughout the world as "Ray," made foundational contributions to artificial intelligence, knowledge representation and databases, and theorem proving. Reiter, known throughout the world as "Ray," made foundational contributions to artificial intelligence, knowledge representation and databases, and theorem proving. Ray was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1939 to immigrant parents who came from Poland. He received a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1961 and an M.S. degree in mathematics in 1963 from the University of Toronto.


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AI Magazine

JOHN GASCHNIC, used to come into my office quite regularly for conversations that helped calibrate my mental compass. John had definite opinions about many subjects-about how N research ought, to be pursued, about high standards of achievement, about the need for first-rate equipment, about important research topics, about personnel mattersin short, about all the sorts of things that concern me. John was persuasive and not easily deflected. Well, actually, he couldn't be deflected at all! Usually, I agreed with John and welcomed the added strength that he gave me. Sometimes, though, I might try to explain that something he was advocating wasn't "realistic."