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ny could create safe spaces, and everyone did exactly
what he asked them to. As a result, these meetings
While at PARC Danny had numerous leadership
responsibilities in the AI community. He was the
longest serving editor and editor-in-chief of AI’s premier journal, Artificial Intelligence, from 1975–2001.
During this time, it was my privilege to work with
Danny, and I witnessed the care he took in making
sure new authors could get their ideas published. He
also personally helped improve many of the papers
that were published in the AIJ, including articles written by future AAAI Fellows.
In 1989, Danny was elected president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). He
served from 1989–1991. Danny was also very interested in cognitive science, which — at the time —
was strongly linked to AI. He served as the chair of
the Cognitive Science Society from 1985–1986.
More recently, Danny was a member of the natural language group at PARC, which brought him back
to his first love: natural language understanding.
After the group was spun out as Powerset, Inc. and
eventually sold to Microsoft, Danny chose to remain
at PARC and focus on research. Over the last years, I
was Danny’s manager — however, it was often
unclear who was managing whom. His broad intellect, his positive attitude, and the collaborative spirit that guided him all his life made it a pleasure to
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work with him. He mentored many a budding AI scientist. We miss him deeply.
In 2008, I had the honor of hosting a Festschrift
(workshop) in Danny’s honor at PARC. Don Norman,
Patrick Hayes, Mark Stefik, David Israel, Kenneth Forbus, and Barney Pell participated. Serendipitously, it
was held in the same auditorium where we held his
celebration of life. Danny was very moved by that
afternoon’s talks and at the end he stepped in front
of the auditorium and said “I want to thank all of
you, because this room is filled with love and caring
and intellectual ferment. And lots of fun people to
argue with … my favorite hobby. I hope to continue
to do that for many years ….” That’s Danny!
The celebration of Danny’s life was held on June 5
at the Palo Alto Research Center in Palo Alto, California. This event can be viewed on the web
( youtu.be/qi WXBj T92lA1). The video of his remarks
can be found at the end of the celebration of life
Johan de Kleer is a AAAI Fellow and IJCAI Computers and
Thought winner and widely published in qualitative reasoning, model-based diagnosis and truth-maintenance systems. Danny had been at PARC for 7 years before Johan
arrived at PARC in 1979. Danny’s and Johan’s relationship
evolved over 38 years. Danny was first a mentor, then a collaborator and coauthor. Danny and his wife Toni Wagner
became de Kleer’s good friends. Over the last decade Johan
was Danny’s manager. “I greatly miss him.”