APPG AI Adviser Margaret Boden Receives Award for her Contributions in AI

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We are delighted to announce that one of our Expert Advisers, Professor Margaret Boden, has received the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for her mass contributions to the philosophy of cognitive science. Please see more information below.


Award Recipients Made Contributions in Areas Including Open Source Software, Biotechnology, Networks and Artificial Intelligence

NEW YORK, NY, May 2, 2018 – ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (, today announced the recipients of four prestigious technical awards. These leaders were selected by their peers for making significant contributions that have had far-reaching impact on the ascendance of computing as an integral part of how we live and work today, opening promising new avenues for research exploration and commercial application in the coming years. The 2017 recipients will be formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 23, 2018 in San Francisco.

The 2017 Award recipients include:

  • Margaret Boden, recipient of the ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award for contributions to the philosophy of cognitive science, particularly in the cognitive study of human creativity, and to the historiography of cognitive science.  For four decades, Boden has been one of the world’s premiere thought leaders on the intersection of artificial intelligence, cognitive science and the humanities. Through insightful analyses, she was often the first to reveal surprising connections among disciplines, which she then outlined in a series of highly influential books.  In two classic books—Artificial  Intelligence and Natural Man (1977) and The Creative Mind (1990)she introduced the idea of creative cognition, which inspired a generation of researchers and laid the foundation of computational creativity as a new subfield of artificial intelligence. 

    Boden’s  two-volume Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science (2006) is a comprehensive survey of interdisciplinary work at the intersection of cognitive science and computation that highlights work in neuroscience, philosophy, biology, linguistics and computation. The book is considered a valuable reference for young researchers to explore what important work has already been undertaken in their field. Mind as Machine also begins with the provocative question: “When is a program not a program?” It is a fitting introduction to Boden, who has been raising important questions about the challenges and risks of artificial intelligence since the beginning of her career. After more than 5 decades in the field, Boden continues to be both prolific and relevant. Her most recent book AI, Its Nature and Future (2016) was described by Nature magazine as “a masterclass.” 

The ACM – AAAI Allen Newell Award is presented to an individual selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines. The Newell award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000, provided by ACM and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and by individual contributions.

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