DC Career Advice Invited Talk

Reflections on an Academic Career

Richard Korf

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Abstract: In this talk, I will offer some reflections on a long academic career, in the hope that some of what I have to say may be of use to those just starting their careers. Topics to be covered include research integrity, credit sharing, aesthetics in research, choosing a place to work, choosing a problem to work on, ego management, writing, teaching, and giving talks.

Bio: Richard Korf is a Professor Emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He received his B.S. from M.I.T. in 1977, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980 and 1983, respectively, all in computer science.  From 1983 to 1985, he served as Herbert M. Singer Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University.  His research is in the areas of problem solving, planning, and heuristic search in artificial intelligence.  Korf is the recipient of a 1985 IBM Faculty Development Award, a 1986 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the first UCLA Computer Science Department Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989, the UCLA Engineering School First Annual Student's Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996, the Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, the Artificial Intelligence Classic Paper Award in 2016, and a career award from SoCS in 2018. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence in 1994.