October 20-21, 2023
Leonard Uhr (1927 – October 5, 2000) was an American computer scientist and a pioneer in computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning and cognitive science. He was an expert in many aspects of human neurophysiology and perception, and a central theme of his research was to design artificial intelligence systems based on his understanding of how the human brain works. He was one of the early proponents of incorporation into artificial intelligence algorithms of methods for dealing with uncertainty.
Uhr published eight books (as author and/or editor) and nearly 150 journal and conference papers. His seminal work was an article written in 1963 with Charles Vossler, “A Pattern Recognition Program That Generates, Evaluates, and Adjusts Its Own Operators”, reprinted in Computers and Thought — edited by Edward Feigenbaum and J. Feldman — which showcases the work of the scientists who defined the field of artificial intelligence. He was a Ph.D. major professor for 20 students, many of whom have gone on to become in their own right important contributors to artificial intelligence.
Uhr graduated from Princeton University in 1949 with a B.A. in psychology. He received master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of Brussels and Johns Hopkins University in 1951 before obtaining his Ph.D. in psychology in 1957 from the University of Michigan. As a child, Uhr attended Oak Lane Country Day School outside Philadelphia.
Uhr was a professor of computer science and of neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to that, he was also on the faculty of psychology at the University of Michigan.
The schedule for Friday, Oct 20th afternoon is as follows:
(at Computer Sciences, Room 1240, 1210 W Dayton St. Madison, WI 53706)
Opening remarks by Prof. Jerry Zhu and Prof. Vasant Honavar: 12:45–1:00 p.m.
Session 1 (3 speakers, 20 mins + 5 mins Q&A each): 1:00–2:15 p.m.
- 1:00–1:25 p.m.: Rob Nowak, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 1:25–1:50 p.m.: Yin Li, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 1:50–2:15 p.m.: Jerry Zhu, Professor, Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Break 2:15–2:30 p.m.
Session 2 (3 speakers, 20 mins + 5 mins Q&A each): 2:30–3:45 p.m.
- 2:30–2:55 p.m.: Ramya Korlakai Vinayak, Assistant Professor, ECE Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 2:55–3:20 p.m.: Yudong Chen, Associate Professor, Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 3:20–3:45 p.m.: Pedro Morgado, Assistant Professor, ECE Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Break 3:45–4:00 p.m.
Session 3 (3 speakers, 20 mins + 5 mins Q&A each): 4:00–5:15 p.m.
- 4:00–4:25 p.m.: Kangwook Lee, Assistant Professor, ECE Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 4:25–4:50 p.m.: Qiaomin Xie, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 4:50–5:15 p.m.: Frederic Sala, Assistant Professor, Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Reception Friday, Oct 20th evening:
At Pyle Center, Lee Lounge (Room 109); 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Schedule for Saturday, Oct 21st:
At Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge; 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Yannis Ioannidis invited talk: 9:00–10:15 a.m.
Break: 10:15–10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
- Opening remarks (Vasant Honavar and Ganesh Mani)
- Lee Giles invited talk (30 mins plus Q&A)
- Reminiscences (short talks about 12 minutes each): Pat Hanrahan, Matt Zeidenberg, Bob Douglass, Seng Beng Ho, Vasant Honavar, Ganesh Mani, Pete Sandon
- Video remarks by Virginio Cantoni
- Reading of Rick LeFaivre’s written reflection (by Pat Hanrahan)
- Remarks by Len’s family
Lunch, followed by informal discussion: 12:45–2:30 p.m.
Dinner (hosted by Pat Hanrahan for Len’s family, students and colleagues)
October 20th (Friday) afternoon (1-5:15 p.m.):
Computer Sciences, Room 1240
1210 W Dayton St. Madison, WI 53706
October 20th (Friday) evening:
Pyle Center, Lee Lounge (Room 109)
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
October 21st (Saturday)
Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge
702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Travel & Lodging
We recommend flying to Madison’s Dane County Regional Airport (MSN). A taxi or rideshare (Uber/Lyft) from the airport to downtown Madison takes around 15 minutes and costs ~$25.
Other options are to fly into Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) or Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and use a rental car to drive to Madison. It takes ~1h40m from MKE and ~2h30m from ORD to Madison.
Badger Bus provides scheduled bus services from Milwaukee Airport to downtown Madison.
Van Galder Coach USA has scheduled bus services from Chicago’s O’Hare airport to downtown Madison.
Below is a list of possible hotels:
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DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown
15 min walk to CS building, 9 min walk to Pyle Center
Hampton Inn & Suites Madison/Downtown
17 min walk to CS building, 10 min walk to Pyle Center
Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown
5 min drive to CS building, 15 min walk to Pyle Center
Best Western Premier Park Hotel
<10 min drive to CS building, 18 min walk to Pyle Center
AC Hotel by Marriott Madison Downtown
<10 min drive to CS building, 20 min walk to Pyle Center
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
<10 min drive to CS building, 15 min walk to Pyle Center
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
10 min drive to CS building, 22 min walk to Pyle Center
Things to do
Here is a list of fun things to do in Madison!
Here is a list of some interesting places outside of Madison proper:
Tour the Wisconsin state capitol building and see the largest granite dome anywhere in the world.
Right on the shore of Lake Mendota, the Memorial Union Terrace is a great place to grab brats, ice cream, or beer.
Every Saturday morning from 6:15 am – 1:45 pm, the Dane County Farmer's Market takes place on Capitol Square. It’s a great place to pick up fresh food and try some spicy cheese bread.
Stop in and sample cheese from local cheese producers and other regional artisan food makers.
The largest refracting telescope for astronomy in the world is at the Yerkes Observatory.
Devil's Lake is about an hour north of Madison on the Ice Age Trail and has 30 miles of hiking trails.
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's 37,000 square foot home, studio, school, and estate, Taliesin, located in the driftless region of Wisconsin near Spring Green.
Take a free self-guided brewery tour at New Glarus Brewery, home of Spotted Cow beer and other hand-crafted, award-winning beers.
Tours are offered four days a week, or try their bourbons in their tasting room Thursday through Sunday.
Emeritus Professor Chuck Dyer, UW-Madison
Associate Professor Mohit Gupta, UW-Madison
Professor Pat Hanrahan, Stanford University
Professor Vasant Honavar, Penn State University
Assistant Professor Kirthevasan Kandasamy, UW-Madison
Associate Professor Yong Jae Lee, UW-Madison
Professor Ganesh Mani, Carnegie Mellon University
Associate Professor Matthew Zeidenberg, New York University