Papers with Impact

In this series of articles, researchers reflect on papers they found influential in their career. These articles have been contributed as part of the CP Newsletter. If you would like to contribute a story yourself, please email us at

Paper with Impact (M. Wallace)

In the 1970’s Artificial Intelligence was the new frontier. The research community divided into two camps: the “clean” ones, like me, who were wedded to logic, and the others for whom knowledge and inference was opaquely embedded in complex neural structures. For clean AI, the USA community used a language called Lisp, while the Europeans used Prolog: “Programmation en Logique”. Computer scientists were allowed to talk French in those days ;-)

Paper(s) with impact (J.-F. Puget)

For some reason, I have been asked to follow up on the great articles by Patrick Prosser and Gilles Pesant on articles with impact. Maybe this has to do with the fact that I started working in that field quite a long time ago, in 1989. As Patrick said, it was before lots of things taken for granted now (world wide web, mobile phones for everyone, Java, laptops, Google, etc) existed. Note that we were no longer using punch card either, we even had Apple Macintoshes in my lab, and we were connected to Internet! Still, can you imagine an Internet without the web?

Paper with Impact (G. Pesant)

I've been offered the difficult job of writing the sequel to Patrick Prosser's very entertaining yet insightful column on an old influential paper. I don't think I can be as entertaining but hopefully I'll present a complementary view of the same era, now far, far away… My story takes place around the same time as Pat's, late 1990, as I was about to embark on a Ph.D. after a few months spent in industry which urged me back to graduate studies. It was a good company but my timing was bad: all development had been temporarily halted because much

Paper(s) with impact (P. Prosser)

I've been asked to write an article "Old CP article with impact" so I am going to write from a personal viewpoint, i.e. an old CP article that had an impact on me. A long time ago (1989) in a University far, far away (Strathclyde) ... before the internet, before Google, when researchers would visit the Library once a month, to explore strange new conference proceedings, seek out new journal articles, to boldly go to the librarians' desk and ask that these findings be photocopied and