Ron Brachman is the incoming Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. He will be responsible for the oversight of all Institute activities and programs, continuing to develop its vision and strategy and grow it into a completely new role model of innovation for graduate education, while training new leaders who use deep science to change the world.
Ron received his B.S.E.E. from Princeton University (1971), from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He was captain of the Heavyweight Crew his senior year. He received his S.M. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) degrees in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. His research specialization was Artificial Intelligence, specifically, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, an area in which he went on to become a world-renowned authority, authoring dozens of highly-cited research papers, creating the new field of Description Logics, and co-authoring a leading textbook.
Before coming to Cornell Tech, Ron had an outstanding career in research and research leadership at world-leading institutions like Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, DARPA, and Yahoo Labs – at these institutions he was responsible for recruiting world-class research teams and creating and leading innovative research and academic relationship programs. Ron has served as President of AAAI and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAI.