Pioneer of Artificial Intelligence

Dr.Raj Reddy

Doctorate in Computer Science from Stanford University, USA

Areas of Research

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Computer Interaction. He has couple of patents in Speech Recognition on his credit.

Personal interest

His current research interests is the efforts to archive 1,000 newspapers for the next 1,000 years and provide online access to UNESCO heritage sites called "Universal Digital Library Project".

Select Honors

IEEE Intelligent Systems' AI's Hall of Fame Award (2011), IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award (2008), Vannevar Bush Award (2006), Padma Bhushan (2001), ACM Turing Award (1994), French Legion of Honour (1984)

Best Remembered for

One of his notable idea "blackboard model" for coordinating multiple knowledge sources has been adopted across the spectrum of applied artificial intelligence. He has developed one of the first systems capable of continuous speech recognition called Hearsay I. Subsequently, he has developed similar kind of modern commercial speech recognition systems such as Hearsay II, Dragon, Harpy, and Sphinx I/II.

Summary of Research

He has concentrated on perceptual and motor aspect of intelligence such as speech, language, vision and robotics of Artificial Intelligence. Reddy has created several notable demonstrations of spoken language systems such as voice control of a robot, large vocabulary connected speech recognition, speaker independent speech recognition, unrestricted vocabulary dictation etc. He also made notable contributions to Task Oriented Computer Architectures, and Autonomous Robotic Systems.


He has received eleven honorary doctorates from various institutions from all over the world. He has also become a President/Founder/Board of Governor/Member/Chairman to over twenty prestigious scientific bodies/scientific academies in India and abroad, including International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Peres Center for Peace in Israel, United States National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chinese Academy of Engineering, Indian National Science Academy, and Indian National Academy of Engineering.