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Kevin D. Ashley

Professor of Law and Intelligent Systems, University of Pittsburgh


Kevin D. Ashley, Ph.D., is an expert on computer modeling of legal reasoning. He performs research in the field of legal text analytics and studies how to prepare law students for its effects on legal practice. In 2002 he was selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence “for significant contributions in computationally modeling case-based and analogical reasoning in law and practical ethics.” He is co-editor in chief of Artificial Intelligence and Law, the journal of record in the field of AI and Law and has been a principal investigator of a number of National Science Foundation grants. He is the author of Modeling Legal Argument: Reasoning with Cases and Hypotheticals (MIT Press/Bradford Books, 1990) and of Artificial Intelligence and Legal Analytics: New Tools for Law Practice in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press, 2017). In addition to his appointment at the School of Law, Professor Ashley is a senior scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, an adjunct professor of computer science, and a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Intelligent Systems of the University of Pittsburgh. A former National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, Professor Ashley has been a visiting scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna where he is a frequent visiting professor of the Faculty of Law, and a former President of the International Association of Artificial Intelligence and Law.