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July 6, 1994


A professor whose expertise is artificial intelligence has been honored by Kansas University.

Prakash P. Shenoy, professor of business at Kansas University, has been named the Ronald G. Harper distinguished professor at KU. The professorship is designated for a faculty member whose research focuses on solving business problems through the application of artificial intelligence.

Shenoy has established an international reputation for his research in artificial intelligence and management science. Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science that deals with symbolic, nonalgorithmic methods of problem solving.

Shenoy's research deals with expert systems, which are artificial intelligence programs designed to provide expert-level solutions to complex problems. His research focuses on problems that contain knowledge that is uncertain and incomplete or imprecise or both. The National Science Foundation has funded portions of his research, such as expert systems for decision making under uncertainty and the use of belief functions in artificial intelligence.

Shenoy has published more than 40 papers and is an associate editor of the International Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based Systems and the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning. Shenoy also has served as director of the business school's doctoral program since 1991. The doctoral-level graduate students have recognized Shenoy's dedication with their Mentor Award in 1991 and 1994.

Shenoy has doctorate and master of science degrees in operations research from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. He joined the KU faculty in 1978, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Ronald G. Harper distinguished professorship was established by Ronald G. Harper, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Management Planning Systems Inc. in Tulsa, Okla. Harper received a bachelor's degree in engineering in 1961 and a master of business administration degree in 1966, both from KU. Management Planning Systems Inc. is a multifaceted organization of international stature.

It designs and applies software to support the total planning needs of clients in such fields as the petroleum industry, financial services, supermarkets, restaurants and government agencies.

The professorship was established to foster excellence in research and education dealing with the application of artificial intelligence to business and management and such related areas as expert systems. The first holder of the chair was Glenn Shafer, now at Rutgers University.

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