William W. Cohen
Director, Research Engineering, Google AINews: I have moved to Google! Starting June 2018 I will be starting up and leading a new research group in AI/ML that will be located in Pittsburgh in Google's Bakery Square location.
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Dr. Cohen is a past president of the International Machine Learning Society. In the past he has also served as an action editor for the the AI and Machine Learning series of books published by Morgan Claypool, for the journal Machine Learning, the journal Artificial Intelligence, the Journal of Machine Learning Research, and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He was General Chair for the 2008 International Machine Learning Conference, held July 6-9 at the University of Helsinki, in Finland; Program Co-Chair of the 2006 International Machine Learning Conference; and Co-Chair of the 1994 International Machine Learning Conference. Dr. Cohen was also the co-Chair for the 3rd Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, which was held May 17-20, 2009 in San Jose, and was the co-Program Chair for the 4rd Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. He is a AAAI Fellow, and was a winner of the 2008 the SIGMOD "Test of Time" Award for the most influential SIGMOD paper of 1998, and the 2014 SIGIR "Test of Time" Award for the most influential SIGIR paper of 2002-2004.
Dr. Cohen's research interests include information integration and machine learning, particularly information extraction, text categorization and learning from large datasets. He has a long-standing interest in statistical relational learning and learning models, or learning from data, that display non-trivial structure. He holds seven patents related to learning, discovery, information retrieval, and data integration, and is the author of more than 200 publications.
Dr. Cohen is currently on leave from his position as a Professor in the Department of Machine Learning, with a joint appointment in the Language Technology Institute.
I am currently an external committee member for Tiancheng Zhao, Shashank Srivastava, Pradeep Dasigi, and Abulhair Saparov.
For those many friends whose research I have built on, be warned. My full name, "William Weston Cohen", is an anagram of the phrase "I now cite shallow men". (From Sara Cohen - no relation! - comes this warning: "Women's rights activists would probably request you to use the following anagram instead: 'I shall now cite women'".)
Through my advisor, Alex Borgida, I can trace my "academic lineage" back to luminaries like Leibniz, Newton and Alfred Whitehead.