2019 Distinguished Academic Achievement Alumni Award
After earning three degrees from Illinois (BS CE ’83, MS CS ’85, PhD CS ’88), including his PhD under the supervision of Professor Gerald DeJong in 1988, Raymond Mooney joined the University of Texas at Austin where he has just entered the fourth decade as a member of the faculty. Currently, as a Computer Science Professor and Director of the UT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, he leads the Machine Learning Research Group, which is currently focused on natural language processing and computational linguistics.
Mooney is an author of more than 170 published research papers, primarily in the areas of machine learning and natural language processing. His research interests extend to artificial intelligence, bioinformatics and computational biology, and data mining.
Mooney has also dedicated much of his career to service, and won a number of awards. He was the President of the International Machine Learning Society from 2008 to 2011, program co-chair for AAAI 2006, general chair for HLT-EMNLP 2005, and co-chair for ICML 1990. He is a Fellow of AAAI, ACM, and ACL, and is the recipient of the Classic Paper award from AAAI-19, as well as best paper awards from AAAI-96, KDD-04, ICML-05 and ACL-07.