Artificial intelligence framework developed by UCLA professor now powers Toyota websites

iStock.com/Aslan Alphan A platform developed by UCLA professor Adnan Darwiche helps Toyota and Lexus shoppers see, in real time, which vehicles match their desired criteria. An innovation in artificial intelligence that was described in a 2001 paper by a UCLA computer science professor has found a somewhat unexpected application: helping car buyers customize their vehicles online. The websites for Toyota and its Lexus division both offer shoppers the opportunity to tailor their vehicle from among a range of models, colors and accessories. The software that powers the sites, called a “product configurator,” is based on a logical form of artificial intelligence that was devised by Professor Adnan Darwiche. The websites use artificial intelligence to perform sophisticated, real-time reasoning to ensure that if a consumer wants a specific vehicle — for…


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