ACM Distinguished Speakers Program:  talks by and with technology leaders and innovators

Distinguished ACM Speaker:
Murray Campbell
Based in NY, USA


Murray Campbell is a Senior Manager in the Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences Department at the IBM T.J.Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. His group focuses primarily on the application of optimization, forecasting, probabilistic analysis, and expertise sharing to problems in business analytics and workforce management. His research interests also include the application of surveillance and early warning approaches to areas such as public health and petroleum production.

Previously, Murray was a member of the team that developed Deep Blue, which in 1997 became the first computer to defeat the reigning world chess champion in a regulation match. For this work Murray was awarded the Fredkin Prize and the Allen Newell Research Excellence Medal. Murray has a long history in the area of computer chess and game tree search, including work on Deep Thought (the first Grandmaster-level chess computer, 1988) and Hitech (one of the strongest chess programs in the mid-80s).

Murray received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987, and has been with IBM Research since 1989.

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Available Lectures:

  • Looking Back at Deep Blue: The IBM Chess Machine : It has been more than ten years since IBM's Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov, the then-reigning world chess champion, in an epic six-game match that was closely watched by millions.  This talk will present the historical background th...
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