Alan Mackworth: 2019 AGE-WELL Honorary Fellow Award Recipient

Dr. Alan Mackworth, widely known for his accomplishments in the field of artificial intelligence, has received the inaugural AGE-WELL Honorary Fellow Award.

The award is in recognition of Dr. Mackworth’s long term and substantial contributions to research in the field of aging and technology, as well as his significant contribution towards the mission and vision of AGE-WELL.

A Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Dr. Mackworth is the former chair of AGE-WELL’s International Scientific Advisory Committee and was a member of AGE-WELL’s Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018.

His research has focused on constraint-based artificial intelligence with application in vision, robotics, situated agents, assistive technology and sustainability. As the founding director of the Laboratory for Computational Intelligence at UBC, Dr. Mackworth has played a leading role in establishing one of Canada’s and, indeed, the world’s leading AI groups.

Over his career, Dr. Mackworth has received the ITAC/NSERC Award for Academic Excellence, the Killam Research Prize, the Artificial Intelligence Journal Classic Paper Award, the CSCSI Distinguished Service Award, the Association for Constraint Programming Award for Research Excellence and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian AI Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Association for the Advancement of AI.

“I’m honoured to receive this award from AGE-WELL,” said Dr. Mackworth. “AGE-WELL has been a great success story. We’ve broken silos and advanced the field of technology and aging. The future is promising. I look forward to seeing AGE-WELL 2.0 and 3.0 in years to come.”