Teacher of Big Ideas
Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence, MIT
6.034 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
6.xxx Human Intelligence Enterprise
Beginning in the 1970s, Patrick taught the introductory AI course to legions of students at MIT and all over the world (watch his 6.034 lectures online). Students say that 6.034 actually teaches you how to think and 6.xxx teaches you how to live your life. Many consider him their best teacher and have lived by his advice throughout their lives.
Genesis Story-Understanding Group,
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, MIT
Heart of Genesis Group
Patrick led the Genesis Group, which focuses on modeling our keystone story-understanding competence and better understanding our intelligence in general.
Commencement reception in 2017
Professor Winston and Sayeri Lala, previous Genesis group member, at the EECS commencement reception in 2017. Professor Winston was her research advisor through UROP and superUROP programs and worked with her to develop methods on implementing curiosity in Genesis. (Contributed by Sayeri Lala)
Genesis group at Spring 2018
Patrick is in the back row, third from the right.
Patrick with graduate students
The photo is shot on 20 April 2018. From left to right: Dylan (SM '17), Patrick, Sayan (MEng '14), and Suri (MEng '19).
Paintings on Genesis
The Genesis Group's familiar place, where Patrick would demonstrate codes and advise our projects
The Genesis Wall
The Genesis Wall, which documents the 20-year development of the Genesis Story-Understanding System. It is maintained by Patrick’s graduate students and located at MIT Stata Building, 32-259.
Drawing of Patrick and his students
Patrick’s vision is taking AI to important places and his students will carry it on.
B.S. '65, M.S. '67, Ph.D. '70, MIT
Friend of the Community
According to Patrick, he stepped onto the train to Boston and never left. During his 57 years at MIT, he served as the director of the MIT AI Lab from 1972 to 1997.
A beloved friend and mentor, he left us with ideas and stories that will live in us forever.
The greatest computing innovation
Patrick gave his last public talk at the launch event for the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing on Feb. 26, 2019. “What is the greatest computing innovation of all time?” he asked. His answer: “It’s us.”
We are the greatest computing innovation of all time because nothing else can think like we can. (Someone amazing drew it on Monday, July 22 and another kind soul took this picture)
Patrick in 2006
Patrick participating in the 2006 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Dartmouth conference that gave Artificial Intelligence its name. (Contributed by Professor Peter Szolovits)
Patrick in 2014
Patrick at a 2014 reception celebrating the PhD of Andreea Bodnari. He served as a reader on her thesis committee and was, as he did with many students, helping her to figure out how to best explain her work. (Contributed by Professor Peter Szolovits)
Baby Richard with Patrick
A picture of Patrick Winston and Gerry Sussman holding a future 6.034 and 6.803 TA! (Contributed by Richard Yip)
Patrick in 1975
Patrick with Joel Moses at the console of a PDP-10, from the 1975 Lab for Computer Science brochure. (Contributed by Professor Peter Szolovits)
Patrick in 1972
Look how dashing Patrick was in 1972! (Contributed by Janet Fischer)
Master Graduation Photo (1967)
A Genesis research student captured this photo when Patrick found it in a cabinet on March 6, 2019. That day was the last time Patrick attended group meetings. Nevertheless, while in Massachusetts General Hospital, he continued to advise students via emails. (Contributed by Yida Xin.)