Thomas S. Anantharaman
is a computer statistician specializing in Bayesian inference
approaches for NP complete
problems. He is best known for his work with Feng-hsiung Hsu
from 1985-1990 on the Chess playing computers ChipTest
and Deep Thought
at Carnegie Mellon University which led to his 1990 PhD Dissertation: "A Statistical Study of Selective Min-Max Search in Computer Chess". This work was the foundation for the IBM chess-playing computer Deep Blue
which beat world champion Garry Kasparov
Anantharaman obtained a B.Tech.
degree in Electronics in 1982 from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University
(now IIT-BHU). He got (in 1977) IIT-JEE rank (AIR) # 2. Anantharaman went to USA and joined Carnegie Mellon University as a PhD student where he worked on the chess playing computers ChipTest and DeepThought with Feng-hsiung Hsu. Anantharaman received his PhD
degree in 1990 and joined the field of biotechnology and Feng-hsiung Hsu joined IBM to design the Deep Blue IBM super-computer, which defeated Garry Kasparov in the historic chess match.
In 1985, Carnegie Mellon University graduate students Feng-hsiung Hsu
, Anantharaman, Murray Campbell
and Andreas Nowatzyk used spare chips they'd found to put together a chess-playing machine that they called ChipTest. By 1987, the machine, integrating some innovative ideas about search strategies, had become the reigning computer chess champion. A successor, Deep Thought, using two special-purpose chips, plus... Read More