The David E. Rumelhart Prize is awarded annually to an individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition. Contributions may be formal in nature: mathematical modeling of human cognitive processes, formal analysis of language and other products of human cognitive activity, and computational analyses of human cognition using symbolic or non-symbolic frameworks all fall within the scope of the award.

The David E. Rumelhart Prize is funded by the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation. Robert J. Glushko received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1979 under Rumelhart’s supervision. He is an Adjunct Full Professor at the School of Information (I-School) at the University of California, Berkeley.

The prize consists of a hand-crafted, custom bronze medal, a certificate, a citation of the awardee’s contribution, and a monetary award of $100,000.

The 2015 David E. Rumelhart Prize Recipient


The recipient of the fifteenth David E. Rumelhart Prize is Michael Jordan, who has pioneered some of the most highly cited and most influential computational models of learning, inference and control in both biological and machine systems.  Jordan is is Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Statistics and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a BS in Psychology from Louisiana State University, an MS in Mathematics and Statistics at Arizona State University, and a PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego, earned under the supervision of David Rumelhart. After completing his degree in 1985, and a two-year postdoc at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Jordan was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT in 1988. In 1998, he left MIT for Berkeley where he joined the Computer Science and Statistics Departments.  He has received many honors, including his election as a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, as well as being named fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the Cognitive Science Society.