Fellows of the Academy are the elite of the UK engineering sector and include both academics and leading engineers at top engineering firms.
The Royal Academy of Engineering said: “Anthony Cohn is distinguished for world-leading contributions to and leadership of the field of artificial intelligence. His work in qualitative spatial reasoning has been seminal in founding a field of research with impact in areas such as geographical information science, computer vision, natural language processing, ontologies and robotics.”
Among the practical applications of Professor Cohn’s work is the VAULT system in Scotland, which unifies all records on underground cables and pipes across the country in a single database available to crews planning to dig up roads. This helps to avoid damage to other underground services, danger to workmen and wasted time and money due to disrupted road works.