Dr. William Swartout
Chief Technology Officer , USC Institute for Creative Technologies - USA
William Swartout is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and a research professor of computer science at USC. Dr. Swartout has been involved in the research and development of artificial intelligence systems for over 40 years. His particular research interests include virtual humans, explanation and text generation, knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, intelligent computer based education, and the development of new AI architectures.
In July 2009, Dr. Swartout received the Robert Engelmore Award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for seminal contributions to knowledge-based systems and explanation, groundbreaking research on virtual human technologies and their applications, and outstanding service to the artificial intelligence community, He is a Fellow of the AAAI, has served on the Board of Councilors of the AAAI and is past chair of the Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is a past member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Board on Army Science and Technology of the National Academies and the JFCOM Transformation Advisory Group.
Prior to joining ICT in 1999, Swartout was director of the Intelligent Systems Division at the USC Information Sciences Institute. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from MIT and his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.