One of the things we hear most often from our alums is that they keenly remember the pressures and uncertainties as they approached Brown graduation and weighed their next step in life. They want to share the experience that followed with the next generation, and our students who are getting ready to graduate are just as eager to pick up a few pointers at a crucial moment in their careers.
The Life After Brown series features successful Brown CS alums sharing their perspective on the challenges and opportunities that await our graduates in the hope that current students can benefit. The inaugural lecture was given by Adam Leventhal, now at Transposit, a subsequent lecture was delivered by Mary Fernandez of MentorNet, and next week, the series returns with Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, whose talk will be held in CIT 368 from 4-5 PM on Friday, November 17.
Peter is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. At Google Inc he was Director of Search Quality, responsible for the core web search algorithms from 2002-2005, and has been Director of Research from 2005 on. Previously he was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a research faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley Computer Science Department, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He has over fifty publications in Computer Science, concentrating on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Software Engineering, including the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence.
Peter's lecture will be aimed primarily at undergraduates, but all are welcome to attend.