Rapaport receives APA’s Barwise Prize


William Rapaport, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, received the 2015 Barwise Prize from the American Philosophical Association (APA). The prize is awarded annually by the APA committee on philosophy and computers “for significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing by an APA member,” according to the association’s website. Rapaport was recognized for his life-long achievements in research and teaching in the field.

Rapaport, who joined the Department of Computer Science in 1984, has done research and written extensively in the areas of cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, knowledge representation and reasoning, contextual vocabulary acquisition, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, critical thinking, and cognitive development.

He is also interested in science educational theory and is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He is well known locally for his interactive Buffalo Restaurant Guide, which before he closed it earlier this year, had over one million hits and included almost 3,100 reviews of nearly 900 restaurants.