Patrick Henry Winston

Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, MIT

Professor Patrick Henry Winston’s research focuses on story understanding and how it contributes to human intelligence.  His group’s Genesis system reads simple stories, answers and asks questions, identifies concepts, retells persuasively, educates, summarizes, compares, and authors.

Winston is a cofounder of Ascent Technology, Inc., which produces sophisticated scheduling, resource allocation, schedule recovery, and workforce management applications, all enabled by AI technology and in use throughout the world in major airports.

Professor Winston’s research is conducted in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).   He served as Director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a predecessor of CSAIL, for 25 years.