Pearls of Computation: Kristinn R. Þórisson

  • 5.4.2013, 14:00 - 15:00

Kristinn R. Þórisson (School of Computer Science)
When: Friday, 5 April
Where: M101
Time: 14:00-15:00

Kristinn R. Þórisson will deliver a talk on the work of Marvin Minsky.


For over fifty years Marvin Minsky has been a towering figure in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), having co-founded and named the field at the Dartmouth conference in 1956, and co-founded the MIT AI Lab in 1959 – one of the most prestigious and publicized academic research laboratories in the United States. Marvin has written several books on AI, including science fiction short stories and a science fiction novel in the early 90s, with author Harry Harrison. Marvin is also known for his collaboration with Nicholas Negroponte in the Architecture Machine Group, which later became the MIT Media Laboratory, the invention of the confocal microscope, and the Triadex Muse music synthesizer.

Marvin had already been a hero of mine for several years when I met him in 1990, and attended his AI class – the one he gives only every other year to a group of pre-screened hand-picked MIT students. In this talk I will present my personal view and experience of Marvin, focusing on his work in AI.

Introduction to the new Pearls of Computation seminar series

From January 2013, ICE-TCS organizes the Pearls of Computation seminar series. To begin with, the talks in this series will mostly focus on the work of some of the recipients of the ACM Turing Award (or of some other major award related to computer science) in an accessible way. Attendance is free and is open to everyone.

The full schedule of the talks planned for the spring semester 2013 is available at,
where up-to-date information on the seminars in the series may be found.

The Pearls of Computation talks at Reykjavik University<> are organized in collaboration with the School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University, CADIA, "CRESS: Center on Research in Engineering Software Systems", the Icelandic Mathematical Society, IIIM and the Mathematics Group at Reykjavik University