Peter Norvig


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1980–1986
  • B.S. in Applied Math, Brown University, 1974–1978


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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 to 2005; he has been the Director of Research since 2005. Previously, Peter was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center, making him NASA’s senior computer scientist.  He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. Peter has served as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and as a research faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, Computer Science Department, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and earned the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He has more than 50 publications in computer science, concentrating on artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and software engineering, including the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (Prentice Hall, 2009; the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp (Morgan Kaufmann, 1991), Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog (CSLI Publications, 1992), and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX (Springer, 2001). He is also the author of the Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation and the world’s longest palindromic sentence.