Ron Brachman is the Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in New York City and a professor in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University. He is responsible for the oversight of all Jacobs Institute activities and programs, continuing to develop its vision and strategy and experiment with innovative models for graduate education, research, and entrepreneurship for the digital age, while participating in the leadership of Cornell Tech as a whole.
Ron received his B.S.E.E. from Princeton University, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He was captain of the Heavyweight Crew his senior year. He received his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. His research specialization was Artificial Intelligence, specifically, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, an area in which he went on to become a world-renowned authority, authoring dozens of highly-cited research papers, creating the field of Description Logics, and co-authoring a leading textbook.
Before coming to Cornell Tech, Ron had an outstanding career in research and research leadership at world-leading institutions like BBN, Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, DARPA, and Yahoo Labs – at these institutions he was responsible for recruiting world-class research teams and creating and leading innovative research and academic relationship programs, as well as leading efforts that resulted in significant real-world impact from deep science. Ron has served as President of AAAI and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAI.
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