William Yeoh, associate professor of computer science & engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named a senior member of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Yeoh is one of nine new senior members, which recognizes AAAI members who have achieved significant accomplishments in the artificial intelligence field. Candidates must be consecutive members of AAAI for at least five years, have been active in the professional arena for at least 10 years, and must demonstrate achievements in scholarship, leadership and/or professional service. Each year, no more than 25 members will be elected to the senior status.

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI aims to promote research in, and responsible use of, artificial intelligence, and to increase public understanding of the field.

Yeoh’s research focuses on artificial intelligence with an emphasis on developing optimization algorithms for agent-based systems. His primary expertise is in distributed constraint optimization, where his goal is to develop and deploy such algorithms in multi-agent systems including smart grid and smart home applications as well as cloud and edge computing applications.


The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 140 full-time faculty, 1,387 undergraduate students, 1,448 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.

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