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The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that the senate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has conferred the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa upon Professor Judea Pearl. The Honorary Degree Ceremony will take place on 17 June 2019, in Jerusalem.

In its confirmation letter, the Hebrew University acknowledges Pearl’s work over the years in providing principled and effective methods for probabilistic reasoning in intelligent systems. Among other tributes, it states:

The formalism which you introduced, Bayesian Networks, laid the foundation for what is now called “Modern Artificial Intelligence,” and the methods which you pioneered within that formalism have since been used in a wide range of additional disciplines. You followed up this groundbreaking work with a brilliant formalism that aims to rigorously define the distinction between causation and correlation, a question that has vexed philosophers and scientists for many years.

This is Professor Pearl’s sixth honorary doctorate. Other honorary doctorates have been awarded from institutions such as Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Texas A&M, Chapman University, and the University of Toronto.

Pearl has been a UCLA faculty member since 1970. He received the 2011 A.M. Turing Award, considered the Nobel Prize of computing, for his landmark work in processing information under uncertainty. In 2018, he was one of three emeriti faculty who received UCLA’s Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award, which recognizes distinguished achievements following retirement. He also is the author of a recently published book about the science of causality.