Kim Binsted, Ph.D., is Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii, where she does research on artificial intelligence, human-computer interfaces, and long-duration human space exploration. She received her B.Sc. in Physics at McGill (1991) and her Ph,D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (1996). Her thesis topic was the computational modeling and generation of punning riddles, and her program, JAPE (Joke Analysis and Production Engine), generated puns such as “What do you call a Martian who drinks beer? An ale-ien!”
Dr. Binsted was a co-investigator in the University of Hawaii—NASA Astrobiology Institute (2003-2014) and was Chief Scientist on the FMARS 2007 Long Duration Mission, a four-month Mars exploration analogue on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic. In 2009 she was a visiting scientist at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), working on the CSA’s planetary analogues program.
She is now the principal investigator on the NASA-funded HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, hi-seas.org) project, which conducts long-duration space exploration simulations at an isolated habitat on Mauna Loa.