Peter Norvig

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Peter Norvig
Peter Norvig in 2019.jpg
Norvig in 2019 at the Interval
Born (1956-12-14) December 14, 1956 (age 62)
Alma materBrown University
University of California, Berkeley
Known forArtificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp
AwardsAAAI Fellow (2001)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
Ames Research Center
University of Southern California
Brown University
University of California, Berkeley
ThesisA Unified Theory of Inference for Text Understanding (1786)
Doctoral advisorRobert Wilensky[2]
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Peter Norvig (born December 14, 1956) is an American computer scientist. He is a director of research at Google Inc., and used to be its director of search quality.[3][4][5][6]


Norvig received a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics from Brown University[7] and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.[2]

Career and research[edit]

Norvig is an AAAI Fellow and councilor of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and co-author, with Stuart Russell, of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, now the leading college text in the field,[8] he was head of the Computational Sciences Division (now the Intelligent Systems Division) at NASA Ames Research Center, where he oversaw a staff of 200 scientists performing NASA's research and development in autonomy and robotics, automated software engineering and data analysis, neuroengineering, collaborative systems research, and simulation-based decision-making. Before that he was chief scientist at Junglee, where he helped develop one of the first Internet comparison shopping services; chief designer at Harlequin Inc.; and senior scientist at Sun Microsystems Laboratories.

Norvig has served an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a research faculty member at Berkeley, he has over fifty publications in various areas of computer science, concentrating on artificial intelligence, natural language processing, information retrieval[9] and software engineering, including the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,[10] Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp,[11] Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX.[12]

Norvig is one of the creators of JScheme. In 2006 he was inducted as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Norvig is listed under "Academic Faculty & Advisors" for the Singularity University.[13] In 2011, Norvig worked with Sebastian Thrun to develop a popular online course in Artificial Intelligence[14] that had more than 160,000 students enrolled,[15] he also teaches an online course via the Udacity platform.[16] He believes that a teaching revolution, fostered by computer tools, is pending.[17]

Other writing[edit]

In 2001, Norvig published a short article titled Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years,[18] arguing against the fashionable introductory programming textbooks that purported to teach programming in days or weeks; the article was widely shared and discussed, and has attracted contributed translations to over 20 languages.[18]

Norvig is also known for his Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation,[19] a satire about bad presentation practices[20] using Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.


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  2. ^ a b Norvig, Peter (1986). A Unified Theory of Inference for Text Understanding (PhD thesis). University of California, Berkeley. OCLC 901967025.
  3. ^ "Peter Norvig's home page". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  4. ^ Peter Norvig publications indexed by Google Scholar
  5. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  6. ^ Peter Norvig at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ Halevy, A.; Norvig, P.; Pereira, F. (2009). "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data" (PDF). IEEE Intelligent Systems. 24 (2): 8–12. doi:10.1109/MIS.2009.36.
  8. ^ "artificial intelligence textbook - Google Search". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  9. ^ Michel, J. -B.; Shen, Y. K.; Aiden, A. P.; Veres, A.; Gray, M. K.; Google Books, J. P.; Pickett, D.; Hoiberg, D.; Clancy, P.; Norvig, J.; Orwant, S.; Pinker, M. A.; Nowak, E. L.; Aiden, E. L. (2011). "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books" (PDF). Science. 331 (6014): 176–182. Bibcode:2011Sci...331..176M. doi:10.1126/science.1199644. PMC 3279742. PMID 21163965.
  10. ^ Russell, Stuart J.; Norvig, Peter (2003), Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (2nd ed.), Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-790395-2
  11. ^ Norvig, Peter (1992), Paradigms of artificial intelligence programming: case studies in common LISP, Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, ISBN 1-55860-191-0
  12. ^ ″Intelligent Help Systems for Unix″
  13. ^ "Singularity University list of Faculty and Advisors". Retrieved 2009-10-08.
  14. ^ "Intro to AI - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence - Oct-Dec 2011". Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  15. ^ Naughton, John (2012-02-05). "Welcome to the desktop degree | Technology | The Observer". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  16. ^ "Udacity - Design of Computer Programs". Archived from the original on 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  17. ^ "A classroom with 100 000 students". June 2012.
  18. ^ a b "Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years". Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  19. ^ "The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
  20. ^ Norvig, P. (2003). "PowerPoint: Shot with its own bullets". The Lancet. 362 (9381): 343–344. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(03)14056-1. PMID 12907004.

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