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By1986, more than 150 systems were deployed with hundreds of thousands of written software test program sets. The wide spread adoption of EQUATE and its use across the military’s entire communications hardware suite was a testament to the impact of Kelly’s ideas and his drive to use state-of-the-art technology to solve operational problems. Throughout his career, Kelly focused on the latest in technology. Projects along the way included automation in epitaxial growth systems, automated control systems for the growth of silicon and GaAs boules, as well as, microwave device testing. Kelly spent a great deal of time learning about new technology and how engineering analysis, measurement systems, computers and people could be linked

to improve and miniaturize devices. His work on night-vision, data storage systems, laser welding systems, and coating processes all yielded advances in performance and manufacturing techniques. Kelly’s use of technology also extended to home. He was an early adopter of the personal computer, but rather than go with IBM, he chose the MAC. He bought his first Mac early, went to the local Penn State Commonwealth campus, enrolled in programming classes, purchased a compiler and went to work programming. Classic Kelly, instead of buying the spreadsheet software for checkbooks, he wrote his own programs, in FORTRAN. Eventually he converted over, but he always felt you needed to know how to do it yourself. We all remember him sitting at the kitchen table working on math problems while we toiled over our own homework. As he said, you need to keep sharp, and besides, it’s fun. Kelly was a wonderful engineer, a real Penn Stater, and by starting this speaker series, we honor his memory and the joy he found in his field.

Tom Mitchell E. Fredkin University Professor Chair, Machine Learning Dept. School of Computer Science


Kelly was a life-long learner and dedicated to multi-disciplinary work. His motto was: “When someone tells me something can’t be done, I really get motivated and do it.” From an early beginning, he led a number of interesting projects as an engineer working for the U.S. Army Material Command. One of his first projects was a major break-through in computer -controlled automatic test systems for performance and testing of circuits, assemblies, and complete systems. The project also provided for on-line generation, editing, and validation of test programs. The year was 1971. The EQUATE (AN/US-410) system started as a $1 million contract with RCA.

Friday, April 13 2:30 - 3:30 PM 113 IST Bldg. (Cybertorium)

—Chris Kelly

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering

James F. Kelly Distinguished Lecture Series

Professor Tom Mitchell, CMU Never-Ending Language Learning We describe our effort to build a NeverEnding Language Learner (NELL) that runs 24 hours per day, forever, learning to read the Web. Each day NELL extracts (reads) more facts from the Web, and integrates these into its growing knowledge base of beliefs. Each day NELL also learns to read better than yesterday, enabling it to go back to the text it read yesterday, and extract more facts, more accurately. NELL has now been running 24 hours a day for more than two years. The result so far is a collection of 15 million interconnected beliefs [e.g., servedWtih(coffee, applePie), isA (applePie, bakedGood)], that NELL is considering at different levels of confidence, along with hundreds of thousands of learned phrasings, morphological features, and Web page structures that NELL uses to extract beliefs from the Web.

The approach implemented in NELL is based on three key ideas: (1) coupling the semi-supervised training of thousands of different functions that extract different types of information from different Web sources, (2) automatically discovering new constraints that more tightly couple the training of these functions over time, and (3) a curriculum or sequence of increasing difficult learning tasks. Track NELL’s progress at Bio Tom M. Mitchell is the E. Fredkin University Professor and founding head of the machine learning department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests lie in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive neuroscience. Mitchell is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow and past president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Mitchell believes the field of machine learning will be the fastest growing branch of computer science during the 21st century. His Web page is:

The James F. Kelly Lecture Series could not exist without the continued generous support from the Kelly family. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you.

James F. Kelly February 11, 1929 - March 4, 2005 Jim Kelly graduated with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Penn State in January 1953. Kelly always said that Penn State gave him the chance he needed in life to start a career and a family. As the son of a coal miner in Dunmore, PA, Kelly was the first one of his family to go to college. He always remarked on the emphasis his parents placed on getting a college education and instilled this mindset into his children. Three of us are graduates of Penn State. Kelly met his future wife, Marion in Scranton, PA, and the two were married in 1957. Dad integrated mom into Penn State in 1959 taking her to their first football game. Traffic was a problem on game day, as they arrived late. Unfortunately, the Lions lost that day, but that didn’t deter them from attending games and class reunions for the next 30 years. Beginning in 1982, Kelly started a professional relation-ship with the University, launching projects with numerous colleges including the electrical engineering department, Materials Research, and the Applied Research Laboratory. The rich tradition Kelly set in motion continues today, as his granddaughter started at University Park, fall 2010.

James F. Kelly Distinguished Lecturer Program - Spring 2013  

James F. Kelly Distinguished Lecturer Program - Spring 2013. CSE Dept. at Penn State.