AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator Award
The annual AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator award was created in 2016 to honor a person (or group of people) who has made major contributions to AI education that provide long-lasting benefits to the AI community. Examples include innovating teaching methods, providing service to the AI education community, generating pedagogical resources, designing curricula, and educating students outside of higher education venues (or the general public) about AI. The award consists of a certificate, a $1,000 honorarium, complimentary one-year AAAI membership (new or renewal), and a complimentary conference registration to the upcoming EAAI/AAAI conferences, where the award will be conferred.
- 2017: Sebastian Thrun (Udacity, KittyHawk, Stanford University, Georgia Tech)
For his pioneering efforts on the creation of high-quality, widely available, and affordable online courses, including seminal artificial intelligence courses, and for demonstrating the excitement of AI research in self-driving cars and navigation.
- 2016: Peter Norvig (Google, Inc.) and Stuart Russell (University of California, Berkeley)
Honored specifically for their definitive textbook, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, that systematized the field of artificial intelligence and inspired a new generation of scientists and engineers throughout the world, as well as for their individual contributions to education in artificial intelligence.