Rand Waltzman tells me that he's leaving DARPA the first of June
for a tenured computer-science position at the Royal Institute of
Technology (KTH -- Kunglige Tekniska Hogskolan) in Stockholm. His
replacement as director of DARPA's image-understanding effort will
be Oscar Firschein from SRI International (and, before that, from
Lockheed). Steve Cross will continue to run DARPA's AI programs.
Both jobs were formerly handled by Bob Simpson, who is now with
NCR's Human Interface Technology Center in Atlanta.
If you'd like to congratulate Rand or Oscar, their net
addresses are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Oscar
is a friend from my SRI days, when we studied Aikido together.
(Don't mess with him!) He and Marty Fischler wrote a book on AI
and vision a couple of years ago -- Eye and Brain -- stressing
that perception is the most difficult and sophisticated level of
intelligence. Oscar has long been involved with both aerial
reconnaissance and the DARPA autonomous vehicles project. He also
took over as head of SRI's planning and reasoning group when
Michael Georgeff left to start the Australian AI Institute four