Professor Peter Haddawy is Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) in Macau. Since assuming his post in June 2010, he has led the institute in pursuit of a new mission to develop and apply Information and Communication Technology to address some of the world’s pressing problems of sustainable development.
Professor Haddawy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Pomona College in 1981 and Master of Science and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1986 and 1991, respectively. He was tenured Associated Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Department of EE&CS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Director of the Decision Systems and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory there through 2002, and co-founder of the Medical Informatics PhD programme. Subsequently, Professor Haddawy served as Professor of Computer Science and Information Management at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) through May 2010 and the Vice President for Academic Affairs there from 2005 to May 2010. During his tenure as Vice President at AIT, he promoted the concept of education for poverty reduction and established the Yunus Center at AIT.
Professor Haddawy’s research has concentrated on the use of decision-theoretic principles to build intelligent systems and he has done pioneering work in the areas of decision-theoretic planning and probability logic. He has received 26 research grants and published over 100 refereed papers. Professor Haddawy is co-founder of the Global Alliance for Measuring University Performance.