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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — Murray Campbell, a member of IBM’s Deep Blue
programming team, will speak at Pace University on Monday, September 29 at 4:30 pm
in the Kessel Campus Center on the Pleasantville campus. The program, titled “Lessons
learned from building a world-class chess machine,” is sponsored by Pace’s School of
Computer Science and Information Systems, and is free and open to the public.
Deep Blue, a powerful supercomputer and extraordinary chess player who
defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in May, is entirely dependent on its
developers. Each member of the team adds a unique perspective to the project.
Campbell’s role on the Deep Blue programming team is developing the evaluation
function, the component of Deep Blue that assesses the value of the current position.
His challenge is to help Deep Blue evaluate positions accurately 100 percent of the time.
Campbell grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, becoming an expert-level chess
player in high school. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computing science
from the University of Alberta in 1981, specializing in parallel search in the context of
He left Canada to enroll at Carnegie Mellon University as a doctoral candidate in
computer science and received his Ph.D. in 1987. Campbell joined IBM in 1989. He
received IBM’s Outstanding Innovation Award for his work on the Deep Blue project.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City
and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and
graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of
Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education,
School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.