Yorick Wilks is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, and is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. He studied maths and philosophy at Cambridge, where he got his PhD in 1968.
He has published numerous articles and six books in artificial intelligence concerned with language processing, and has most recently edited Close Engagements with Artificial Companions (Benjamins, 2009). He is a Fellow of the American and European Associations for Artificial Intelligence, a member of the EPSRC College of Computing, a member of the UK Computing Research Council and on the boards of some fifteen Artificial Intelligence-related journals. In 2009 he was awarded the British Computer Society's annual Lovelace Medal for research.