Amongst other awards, Yorick has won the British Computing Society Lovelace Medal in 2009, which is considered to be one of Britan's highest honours given to individuals who have advanced Information Systems significantly, with past recipients being Sir Tim Berners-Lee (WWW inventor), Douglas Engelbart (inventor of the computer mouse) and Linus Torvalds (Linux original author). Yorick has also won the ACL Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and the Antonio Zampolli Prize in 2008 (similar to the Nobel prize, in the Natural Language Processing field).
Yorick has pioneered various AI technologies, including the invention of one of the first practical Machine Translation systems at Stanford University in 1973, and forming part of the team that won the 1997 Loebner prize in AI.
Prof. Wilks is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, UK and a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and has published over 300 publications and worked on various DARPA and EU projects.
At Charonite, Yorick will be providing advice on Research and Development issues, across the whole spectrum of Charonite's innovative R&D activities which focus on the fields of AI-Based Search Engine Technology, High Performance Computing and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Prof. Wilks will also be advising the various development teams and providing strategic input on the company's products, giving an added depth and dimension to the cutting-edge applications being developed on the flagship Obulus Platform.
The appointment of Prof. Wilks will serve to strengthen and enable the long-term aims of Charonite, who currently has development offices in Malta, sales offices in the UK and a representative in Abu Dhabi. Charonite has deployed a number of large-scale solutions including the Controlled Vehicular Access system in Valletta, Abu Dhabi's vehicular management system at Abu Dhabi's International Airport, kiosk and payment systems for Scotland's largest retail complex, and technology for Westminster's new parking contract with business service group Mouchel.
Read Prof. Yorick Wilks profile on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorick_Wilks