Dr. Danny Silver Awarded the CAIAC Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Danny Silver received the CAIAC Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the Canadian Artificial Intelligence community in June, 2016. 


Danny is a Professor in and former Director of the Jodrey School of Computer Science at Acadia University. He is currently the Director of the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics. His areas of research and application are machine learning, data mining, and data analytics. He has published over 65 scientific papers, and recently, was co-author of the best paper award at the FLAIRS-2016 conference. 


Danny has co-chaired or been part of program committees for a number of national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. He was Chair of the Canadian Association of Computer Science Outreach Committee from 2011-13, and was a member of Computer Science Accreditation Council of Canada (CSAC) from 2011-2014. He has been on the Board of Directors for ChaLearn since 2011, a society that oversees international Challenges in Machine Learning. And he is a founding member and current Vice President of the Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning Society.


In 2011, he received the Science Champion Award from the NS Discovery Center for his work on youth robotics and the advancement of STEM education in the Province of Nova Scotia.  In 2014, he was appointed to be an Honorary Colonel in the RCAF attached to the 14 Wing Software Engineering Squadron, in Greenwood, NS. 


Specific to Canadian AI, Danny and was co-organizer of a Panel on the Future of AI, at the 2009 Canadian AI conference, a panel member of the 2013 Canadian AI Graduate Student Symposium, and Co-chair of the 2015 Graduate Student Symposium. He was Secretary of the Canadian Society for Computational Studies of Intelligence, from 2005-07, and President of the Canadian Society for Computational Studies of Intelligence, from 2007-09,  during which time he oversaw the society’s name change to the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC). He remained an active member of the CAIAC Executive as Past-President until 2013.


He was presented with the award at the AI/GI/CRV Joint Conference Banquet held in Victoria, BC on June 2, 2016.

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