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Positions at University of Western Australia

The School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia will be advertising for up to 5 new positions soon, at both junior and senior levels, with some positions being open to all areas of psychology.

Please contact Stephan Lewandowsky This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information, and to register interest.

David Rumelhart

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great personal sadness that I write with the news that David
Rumelhart passed away this morning.  David was a towering intellect and
contributed to many areas of mathematical psychology and cognitive
science.   Hailing from South Dakota, be studied Mathematical Psychology
as a graduate student at Stanford, then joined the faculty at UCSD.
After 20 years he returned to Stanford as a professor in the Department
of Psychology.

Rumelhart developed powerful algorithms for training neural networks and
played a critical leadership role in articulating the computational
advantages and implications of neural networks in the 1980's.  Among
other things David led, with me, the group that produced 'Parallel
Distributed Processing: Explorations in the Microstructure of
Cognition', a two volume work on the foundations and applications of
neural network models that has sold over 100,000 units (including both
single and double-volume sales) since its publication in 1986.

David became tragically disabled due to a progressive neurological
condition during the mid-1990's, leaving his professorship at the end of
that decade.

David received many honors during his lifetime, including election to
membership in the National Academy of Sciences and a MacArthur 'Genius'
Award.  David was also a Fellow of the SEP and he and I jointly received
the SEP Warren Medal in 1993. In 2000, the Glushko-Samuelson foundation
created a major prize for fundamental contributions to the theoretical
foundations of cognitive science in David's honor.

There will be a memorial service for David later in the spring in the
bay area.

Jay McClelland

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