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Intelligence: Artificial or Otherwise?

Our knowledge of human and artificial 'intelligence' has increased very much in recent years. It has many components to it: information management, communication, reasoning, calculus and pattern recognition. Even though we have learned much about our human brains and, on the other hand, we have been able to construt large information networks electronically which greatly extend the scope of our intellectual abilities, the gap between these forms of intelligence remains as large as ever. The lecture aims at a clear positioning of this gap. It attempts to place the components mentioned above relative to each other and to the greater problem of defining the notion of 'intelligence' in the context of the technological possibilities of the end of the 20th century. From this positioning the new challenges adressed to engineers engaged in electronics, communications or information science should become manifest!

Type of Seminar:
New Vistas
Prof. Patrick M. Dewilde
Delft University, NL
Oct 27, 1997   17.15

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Biographical Sketch:
Patrick Dewilde received the degree of Electrical Engineering from the University of Leuven in 1966, the License in Mathematics from the Belgian Central Examination Commission in 1968 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1970. He has held various research and teaching positions at the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Lagos in Nigeria and the University of Leuven. In 1977 he became full professor of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands). In 1981 he was named Fellow of the IEEE for his work on Scattering Theory. His research interests include the design of integrated circuits (VLSI) especially in the area of signal processing, large scale computational problems and their realization using dedicated microelectronics and theoretical topics in signal processing and signal estimation. He has been a project leader of major European projects in Microelectronics. The NELSIS design system, which pioneered a unique design information management methodology, was developed under his direction. In 1993, he became the Scientific Director of DIMES, the Delft Institute of Microelectronics and Submicron Technology, which employs more than 300 researchers in Microelectronics. He was elected a regular member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Science also in 1993. Since 1996 he is chairman of the Technology Foundation STW, a major funding institution for Technological Research in the Netherlands. Patrick Dewilde is the author of a large number of scientific publications, and a book on Large Scale Modeling of Integrated Circuits.