Gerald Jay Sussman is the Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned an S.B. and Ph.D. in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying under Seymour Papert.
Sussman has made important contributions to artificial intelligence, creating strategies for handling dependencies, propagation of constraints and the refinement of almost-right plans. He has worked with Hal Abelson on the free software movement, which is focused on opening up software for use, change and redistribution free of royalties or licensing concerns. He worked with his graduate students to develop computer-aided design tools for Very Large Scale Integration, as well as Scheme, a new programming language.
Sussman is also the principal designer for the Digital Orrery, which is used to do precision integrations for experimentation with orbital mechanics, and the Supercomputer Toolkit, which is a computer optimized for differential equations. The Supercomputer Toolkit was used in conjunction with the Digital Orrery to study the outer planets of our solar system and beyond.
He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others. He was honored with the Association for Computing Machinery Karl Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award in 1990.
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