|Intro||Senegalese computer scientist|
30 June 2008, Nice
Rose Dieng-Kuntz (1956 – June 30, 2008) was a Senegalese computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence. She was the first African woman to enroll in the prestigious École polytechnique. Her area of specialization for her PhD was the specification of parallelism. She worked for the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France, a French national research institution focusing on computer science, control theory and applied mathematics, where her research specialization was on the sharing of knowledge over the World Wide Web.
She died in 2008 after a long illness. Her death received national media coverage. France’s Minister of Higher Education and Research, Valérie Pécresse, expressed sadness, and released a statement announcing the death of Rose Dieng Kuntz: “France and the world of science have just lost a visionary mind and an immense talent”.
Her last research focused on knowledge management and the semantic Web. She was active in reaching out to students, and female students in particular, about her passion for science. In her words:
As far as the future is concerned, my vision is that of a web of knowledge linking individuals, organisations, countries and continents. The research we are aiming for seeks to improve cooperation between business and the community by building “knowledge webs”, a goal that is in phase with the Europe’s target of evolving from an “information society” to a “knowledge society”
Awards and distinctions
- Irène Joliot-Curie Prize in 2005
- Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2006.
- (English) (ed., in collaboration with Heinz Jürgen Müller), Computational conflicts : conflict modeling for distributed intelligent systems, 2000
- (English) Designing cooperative systems : the use of theories and models, 2000
- (English) (ed., in collaboration with Nada Mata), Knowledge management and organizational memories, 2002
- (English) (ed., in collaboration with Parisa Ghodous and Geilson Loureiro), Leading the Web in concurrent engineering : next generation concurrent engineering