Two USC computer science professors named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

| December 1, 2017

Sven Koenig and Paul Rosenbloom recognized for outstanding contributions to science

Two USC computer science professors have been honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Photo/Adobe Stock.

USC computer science professors Sven Koenig and Paul Rosenbloom have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general-scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 396 members have been recognized for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Sven Koenig, a professor of computer science at USC Viterbi, for his contributions to the field of artificial intelligence, particularly planning, decision-making and coordination for robots and other situated agents. Koenig is interested in intelligent systems such as multi-agent and multi-robot systems that operate in large, non-deterministic, non-stationary or only partially known domains.


Paul Rosenbloom is elected for “seminal contributions to cognitive architectures and leadership in the artificial intelligence community.” Rosenbloom is director for cognitive architecture research at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. His focus is on the mechanisms that enable thought and how they combine to yield minds.

Koenig and Rosenbloom join the ranks of previously elected USC computer science AAAS fellows Michael Arbib (2008), George Bekey (1991), Maja J. Matarić (2007) and Aristides Requicha (2008).

“This outstanding achievement indicates that scientific societies are taking note of the groundbreaking work and impact of our faculty members,” says Cyrus Shahabi, Chair of USC’s Department of Computer Science. “I would like to congratulate the new fellows on this prestigious recognition.”

In total, six USC professors will be named new fellows on Feb. 17, 2018, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas.