MICHAEL L. MAULDIN
PO Box 1150
Liberty Hill, TX 78642
- Severely Retired, Austin, Texas, since 2006.
- Adjunct Research Computer Scientist, Language Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, since 1995.
- Competitor, BattleBots, 2000-2019.
- Competitor, International Robogames and Combots Cup, 2006-17.
- Board Member, Conversive, Inc., Los Angeles and New York, since 1997-15.
- Vice President, Robot Club & Grille, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002-03.
- Founder and Chief Scientist, Lycos, Inc., Boston, 1995-98.
- Software Engineer, Texas Instruments, Houston, 1979-81.
- Student Engineer, Ortloff Corporation, Midland, Texas, 1977-79.
- PhD in Computer Science, August 1989, Carnegie Mellon University
(thesis advisor: Jaime Carbonell).
- MS in Computer Science, May 1983, Carnegie Mellon University.
- BA cum laude, double major in Mathematical and Computer Sciences,
1981, Rice University.
- Valedictorian, 1977, Midland High School, Midland, Texas.
- Carnegie Mellon University, research computer scientist, Center
for Machine Translation, 1991-95, research associate, 1989-91. Courses
taught: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Fall 1992, Fall 1994.
- I was a veteran competitor on Comedy Central's BattleBots
combat robot sports program from 2000 until 2002.
My robots FrostBite and IceBerg reached the quarter-finals three times.
- From 2002 until 2003, my wife and I ran a combination restaurant and robot combat arena in North Huntingdon, PA at
the Robot Club & Grille.
- My robot Icecube was the 2006 Robot Fighting League National Champion middleweight.
- I currently compete in the International Robogames and
the Combots Cup in San Mateo, CA. The most recent Robogames
was televised by the Discovery Science Channel on
May 20th, 2011 as ``Killer Robots: Robogames 2011''.
- Information Retrieval: I was a principal
investigator in the Informedia project, in charge of the natural
language, indexing and retrieval portions of the project. We used
the PURSUIT retrieval engine to provide full content retrieval from a
digital video library, focusing on approximate matching including
spelling correction and matching on phonetic similarity. This work was
funded by grants from the the National Science Foundation (in
cooperation with NASA and ARPA), the Heinz Foundation, and the Corporation
for National Research Initiatives.
A recent offshoot of the work on video retrieval and earlier work on
the Tipster project is research into indexing the World Wide Web with
the Lycos/Pursuit system. Lycos provides probabilistic retrieval of
abstracts automatically collected from the World Wide Web.
The indexing work builds on CMU's participation in ARPA's
TIPSTER Data Extraction project (in partnership with General
Electric's Corporate Research and Development division). The joint
GE-CMU Shogun data extraction system had the highest overall score
of any group in ARPA's MUC-5 message understanding conference, and
CMU's Textract system (built in cooperation with Nippon Telephone and
Telegraph's Data division) scored the highest combined recall-precision
score of any system evaluated by ARPA at MUC-5.
- Turing Test: I am also interested in natural language
processing systems that attempt to pass the Turing test. I have been
working for 5 years on JULIA conversation program, which converses
daily with other people on the INTERNET using TINYMUDs, and which
placed third in the 1991, 1992 and 1993 annual Loebner Prize
Competitions held in Boston and San Diego.
- ``Informedia: Integrated Speech, Image and Language Understanding
for Creation and Exploration of Digital Video Libraries,''
Principal Investigator along with Takeo Kanade,
Raj Reddy, Marvin Sirbu, Scott Stevens, Doug Tygar, and Howard Wactlar.
Grant was $4,800,000 from 9/94 to 8/98.
- ``MuseUM: Multi-User Shared Environments for Use in
Manufacturing,'' Principal Investigator. Grant from National
Institute of Standards (NIST) under BAA-52SBNB4C8231. Grant was
$24,651 from 10/94 through 6/95.
- ``Research in the Electronic Library using Computer Science
Technical Reports,'' William Arms (PI). Contract funded by ARPA
and overseen by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives
(CNRI) for $1,424,320 from 10/92 through 6/95.
- ``TIPSTER: Data Extraction,'' Co-Principal Investigator with J.G.
Carbonell (PI) and T. Mitamura (Co-PI). Subcontract to General
Electric Research and Development Center Proposal in response
to DARPA BAA No. 90-16. The CMU subcontract was for $814,000
from 9/91 through 8/93.
- Elected to Sigma Xi (science honor society), 1984
- N.L. Industries Foundation Fellowship, 1982-83
- Roy Merit Scholarship, 1980-81
- Cohn Merit Scholar, 1977-81
- National Merit Scholar, 1977-81
- Reviewer for Prentice Hall, ACM, and IEEE Expert Magazine, 1991-94
- External reviewer for Tipster Architecture Working Group (ORD), 1994.
- ``Roadmap to the Turing Test,'' IBM Yorktown Heights, 2001, New York.
- Autonomous Agents, 1999, in Seattle. Washington.
- Experimental Methods in Natural Language Processing, 1997, in Providence, Rhode Island.
- American Society for Information Science, 1994, 57th annual
meeting in Alexandria, VA.
- American Society for Information Science, 1992, 55th annual meeting in Pittsburgh
- Center for Information and Language Studies, University of
- Carnegie Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, October, 1989.
- University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, April 1989.
- Microelectronics Computer Consortium, Austin, TX, April 1989.
- Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, March 1989.
- Bell Communications Research, Morristown, NJ, January 1989.
- Westinghouse Science and Technology Center (formerly called
Research and Development), consultant and lecturer in artificial
- Integrated Equities, Pittsburgh, PA, May, 1988.
- Information Technology Institutes, Matawan, NJ, August 1985.
- Carnegie Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA. Lectured in CGI Natural
Language Course, March and June, 1985.
- Keithley Instruments, Cleveland, OH, March, 1985.
"Virtual human interface for conducting surveys"
The other Lycos spider patent
"Method for searching a queued and ranked
constructed catalog of files stored on a network"
The Lycos spider patent
"Method for searching a queued and ranked
constructed catalog of files stored on a network"
The Informedia digital library patent
"Method and apparatus for creating a searchable
digital video library and a system and method of using such a
Informedia audio/video skimming patent
"System and method for skimming digital audio/video data"
- US citizen, born 3/23/59, Dallas, Texas.
- Private pilot, single engine land, with taildragger endorsement.
- Conceptual Information Retrieval: A Case Study in Adaptive
Partial Parsing, Kluwer Academic Press, September 1991.
- Information Retrieval by Text Skimming, PhD Thesis, Carnegie
Mellon University. August, 1989 (also available as CMU
Computer Science technical report CMU-CS-89-193).
- ``Going Under Cover: Passing as Human; Artificial Interest: A Step on the Road to AI,'' Chapter 24 of Parsing the Turing Test, R. Epstein et al. editors, Springer Science and Business Media, BV, 2008.
- M. Shaw, editor, The Carnegie Mellon Curriculum for Undergraduate
Computer Science, with S.D. Brookes, M. Donner, J. Driscoll,
R. Pausch, W.L. Scherlis, M. Shaw, and A.Z. Spector.
Springer-Verlag, 1985 (also CMU Computer Science technical
- ``Beyond the Keyword Barrier: Knowledge-Based Information
Retrieval,'' with J.G. Carbonell and R.H. Thomason, Proceedings
of the 29th Annual Conference of the National Federation of
Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS-87), North-Holland
Press, Amsterdam, March 1987.
- ``Text Generation for Expert Systems Interfaces,'' 1984
Conference on Intelligent Systems and Machines (ISM-84),
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, April 1984.
- ``Technical Challenges for the Informedia Digital Video Library.''
Wactlar, H., Christel,
M., Stevens, S., Kanade, T., Mauldin, M., Reddy, R., Smith, M., Proceedings
of International Symposium on Digital Libraries (ISDL '95), Japan, August
``Informedia Digital Video Library.''
Christel, M., Kanade, T., Mauldin, M., Reddy,
R., Sirbu, M., Stevens, S., Wactlar, H., Communications of the ACM, 38(4),
pp. 57-58, 1995.
Tinymuds and the Turing Test: Entering the Loebner Prize Competition,''
the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-94),
Agent Related Research at the Center for Machine Translation,''
With J.R.R. Leavitt, ACM Special Interest Group on Networked
Information Discovery and Retrieval (ACM-SIGNIDR-V), McLean, VA,
Performance in FERRET: A Conceptual Information Retrieval System,''
Proceedings of the 14 International
Conference on Research and Development in Information
Retrieval, Chicago, October, 1991.
Expert Critiquer for Propulsion Gear Design: A Case Study in
Intelligent Decision Support,'' with E. K. McKinley, and
E. M. Roth, Proceedings of the 1989 Conference of the Human
Factors Society, October 1989.
- ``Retrieving Information with a Text Skimming Parser,'' Eastern
States Conference on Linguistics (ESCOL-86), October 1986.
Summary of ``Thesis Proposal: Information Retrieval by Text
Skimming,'' presented 29 May 1986 (unpublished).
- ``Toward Joint Person-Machine Cognitive Systems: A Prototype
Expert System for Electronics Troubleshooting,'' with E. Roth,
G.S. Elias, and W. Ramage, Proceedings of the 1985 Conference
of the Human Factors Society, October 1985.
Diversity in Genetic Search,'' Proceedings of the National
Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-84), August 1984.
- ``Semantic Rule Based Text Generation,'' Proceedings of the Tenth
International Conference on Computational Linguistics
(COLING-84), July 1984.
A Belligerent Expert System,'' with G. Jacobson, A.W. Appel, and
L.G. Hamey, Proceedings of the Fifth National Conference of the
Canadian Society for Computational Studies of Intelligence
(CSCSI-84), May 1984 (also CMU Computer Science technical report
CMU-CS-83-144). Described by K. Dewdney in Scientific American,
vol. 252 no. 2 pp. 18-21, February 1985.
- ``The XCALIBUR Project, A Natural Language Interface to Expert
Systems,'' with J.G. Carbonell, W.M. Boggs, and P.G. Anick,
Proceedings of the Eighth International Joint Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-83), August 1983. Reprinted as
``The XCALIBUR Project, A Natural Language Interface to Expert
Systems and Data Bases,'' in S. Andriole, editor, Applications
in Artificial Intelligence, Petrocelli Books, Inc., 1983 (also
CMU Computer Science technical report CMU-CS-83-143).
``Techniques for the Creation and Exploration of Digital Video Libraries''.
M., Kanade, T., Mauldin, M., Reddy, R., Stevens, S., Wactlar, H., Multimedia
Tools and Applications (Volume 2), Borko Furht, editor. Boston, MA: Kluwer
Academic Publishers, 1996.
- ``Informedia: Integrated Sppech, Image, and Language Understanding for
Creation and Exploration of Digital Video Libraries,''
American Society for Information Science, 58th annual
meeting, Chicago, IL, October 1995.
- ``Description of the TIPSTER/SHOGUN System as used for MUC-5,''
P. Jacobs, editor, Proceedings of the Fifth Message
Understanding Conference, sponsored by ARPA, Baltimore,
Maryland, August 1993.
- ``Description of the TIPSTER/SHOGUN System as used for MUC-4,''
with P. Jacobs, G. Krupka, L. Rau and T. Kaufmann, Proceedings
of the Fourth Message Understanding Conference, sponsored by
DARPA/SISTO, McLean, Virginia, June 1992.
- ``Better Information Retrieval Through Linguistic
Sophistication,'' Machine Learning Workshop III (MLW-III), June
1985. Reprinted in T.M. Mitchell, J.G. Carbonell and R.S.
Michalski, editors, Machine Learning: A Guide to Current
Research, Kluwer Press, Boston, 1986, pp. 189-192.
CD ROM Software
- James D. Murray and William vanRyper, Encyclopedia
of Graphics File Formats, O'Reilly and Associates, Sebastopol, CA.
July, 1994. Version 1.2 of the FBM image processing package is
included on the CD ROM that accompanies the book.