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Rob Milne: A Tribute to a Pioneering AI Scientist, Entrepreneur and Mountaineer, Volume 139 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications

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This festschrift celebrates the life of a remarkable man.

Rob Milne died while climbing Mount Everest early on 5th June 2005 Nepal Time. He was 48. He is survived by his wife Val and his two children Alex and Rosemary. His untimely death was a tragedy, but Rob packed 96 years of living into his 48 years of life. In any one of his three “careers”—as a hi-tech entrepreneur, as an AI researcher and as a mountaineer — his achievements would have been enough for most ordinary mortals. But Rob combined world-class success in all of them. This book covers all these facets of his life. Each chapter has been contributed by one or more of his close collaborators as their tribute to Rob and to his legacy.

Rob’s ascent of Everest was to have been the culmination of a lifetime’s ambition to climb the highest summits in each of the world’s seven continents. Everest was the last of these seven summits. He was only 400 metres from the top when he died from a sudden and massive heart attack. He had been an ambitious and successful mountaineer since his childhood in Colorado. As Val, said in a radio interview, “Rob died at the top, doing what he loved”. This was true not just of his mountaineering, but in all the spheres of his life.
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