Richard Fikes

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Richard Fikes
Born (1942-10-04) October 4, 1942 (age 79)
San Antonio, Texas
Nationality American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University

Richard Earl Fikes (born October 4, 1942) is a computer scientist and Professor (Research) Emeritus in the Computer Science department of Stanford University. He is professionally active as a consultant and expert witness.[1] He led Stanford's Knowledge Systems Laboratory from 1991 to 2006, and has held appointments at Berkeley, Carnegie-Mellon, Price Waterhouse Technology Centre, Xerox PARC, and SRI International.

Early life and education

Fikes received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968.[2]


Fikes' research activities have primarily been in developing techniques for effectively representing and using knowledge in computer systems—a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence generally known as KR&R, for knowledge representation and reasoning. He was a co-developer of the STRIPS automatic planning system,[3] Knowledge Interchange Format language for interchange of logical knowledge bases, the Ontolingua ontology engineering environment,[4] and IntelliCorp's Knowledge Engineering Environment (KEE). He also worked on the Shakey the Robot project at SRI International.

Memberships and awards

Fikes has published numerous articles in journals and conference proceedings, and has also served as editor of several professional journals in Artificial Intelligence and related areas. Fikes has also chaired, co-chaired, organized, or served on the program committee of numerous professional conferences and symposia.


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  3. Fikes, Richard E (April 1971). "Monitored Execution of Robot Plans Produced by STRIPS" (PDF). SRI International. Retrieved 2012-02-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ontolingua Home Page". 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2012-08-15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>