Peter Norvig is Director of Research at Google, and co-teacher of the largest online advanced college class in history. At Google he was Director of Search Quality, responsible for the core web search algorithms, from 2002-2005.
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 a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence.