George Luger has been a Professor in the UNM Computer Science Department since 1979. His two master's degrees are in pure and applied mathematics. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, with a dissertation focusing on the computational modeling of human problem solving performance in the tradition of Allen Newell and Herbert Simon.
George had a five-year postdoctoral research appointment at the Department of Artificial Intelligence of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In Edinburgh he worked on several early expert systems, participated in development and testing of the Prolog computer language, and continued his research in the computational modeling of human problem solving performance.
At the University of New Mexico, George was also a Professor in the Psychology and Linguistics Departments, reflecting his interdisciplinary research and teaching in these areas. His most recent National Science Foundation supported research is in diagnostic reasoning, where he has developed stochastic models, mostly in an extended form of Bayesian Belief Networks. His book Cognitive Science was published by Academic Press in 1994. His AI book, Artificial Intelligence: Structures and Strategies for Complex Problem Solving (Addison-Wesley 2008) is now into its sixth edition.
George Luger has been an active consultant to industry, including Pharmacia, Elbit Computers, Philips, Arco, US Patent Office, and others. He is currently an external advisor and AI consultant for NextIT in Spokane WA.