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Guide to the Richard Earl Fikes Papers
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    Call Number: SC0881
    Creator: Fikes, Richard E.
    Creator: Fikes, Richard E.
    Title: Richard Earl Fikes papers
    Dates: 1965-2004
    Physical Description: 20 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Biographical/Historical note

    Richard Earl Fikes is Professor (Research) Emeritus in the Computer Science department of Stanford University.
    Richard has a long and distinguished record as an innovative leader in the development of techniques for effectively representing and using knowledge in computer systems. He is best known as co-developer of the STRIPS (Stanford Research Institute Problem Solver) automatic planning system, KIF (Knowledge Interchange Format), the Ontolingua ontology representation language and Web-based ontology development environment, the OKBC (Open Knowledge Base Connectivity) API for knowledge servers, and IntelliCorp's KEE (Knowledge Engineering Environment) system.
    At Stanford, he leaded projects focused on developing large-scale distributed repositories of computer-interpretable knowledge, collaborative development of multi-use ontologies, enabling technology for the Semantic Web, reasoning methods applicable to large-scale knowledge bases, and knowledge-based technology for intelligence analysts.
    He was principal investigator of major projects for DARPA in the High Performance Knowledge Base (HPKB) program, the Rapid Knowledge Formation (RKF) program, the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Agent Markup Language (DAML) program, the UltraLog program, and the Rapid Design Exploration and Optimization (RaDEO) program.
    Richard was born on October 4, 1942 in San Antontio, Texas. He received his B.A. in Mathematics with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963, his M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1965, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968.
    Richard was a Research Associate in the Computer Science Department at the Carnegie-Mellon University from 1968 to 1969. He worked as a Senior Mathematician in SRI (Stanford Research Institute) from 1969-1976. He was a member of Research Staff in Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from 1976 to 1983. He joined IntelliCorp Inc. in 1986 as the Director of Research and Development in 1983 and was the Vice President of Research when he left the company in 1987. He started in Price Waterhouse Technology Center in 1987 as a Principal Scientist and was the Chief Scientist in 1991 when he left the company. He served as the Associate Director, Heuristic Programming Project, Knowledge Systems Laboratory, Stanford University in 1991. He was a Professor (Research), Computer Science Department from 1991 to 2006.
    Richard was elected a Founding Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in 1990. He also chaired, co-chaired, organized, or served on the program committee of numerous professional gatherings such as AAAI86 and IJCAI89.

    Access Terms

    SRI International
    Stanford University. Computer Science Department.
    Xerox Corporation. Palo Alto Research Center.
    Knowledge representation (Information theory)