Fernando Pereira is Distinguished Scientist at Google, where he leads projects in natural-language understanding and machine learning. His previous positions include chair of the Computer and Information Science department of the University of Pennsylvania, head of Machine Learning and Information Retrieval Research at AT&T Labs, and several roles at SRI International. He received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. He has over 120 research publications on computational linguistics, machine learning, bioinformatics, speech recognition, and logic programming, and several patents. He was elected AAAI Fellow in 1991 and ACM Fellow in 2010.