Fernando C. Pereira


I am VP at Google, where I lead research and development in natural language understanding and machine learning. My previous positions include chair of the Computer and Information Science department of the University of Pennsylvania, head of the Machine Learning and Information Retrieval department at AT&T Labs, and research and management positions at SRI International. I received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and I have over 120 research publications on computational linguistics, machine learning, bioinformatics, speech recognition, and logic programming, and several patents. I am a fellow of AAAI, ACM, and ACL; member of the American Philosophical Society, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the National Academy of Engineering; and past president of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Research Interests

  • Natural language processing

  • Machine learning

  • Bioinformatics

I'm also broadly interested in linguistics, cognitive science, biology, and programming languages, and I've published in or around some of those areas.

Other Interests

  • Skiing

  • Digital audio

  • Biology

  • Geology