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Peter Norvig

Peter Norvig
Norvig speaking at UC Berkeley (2013)
Born (1956-12-14) December 14, 1956
Nationality American
Fields Computer Science
Institutions Google
Ames Research Center
Brown University
University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Brown University
University of California, Berkeley
Thesis A Unified Theory of Inference for Text Understanding (1986)
Doctoral advisor Robert Wilensky[1]
Known for

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach

Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp

Peter Norvig (born December 14, 1956) is an American computer scientist. He is a Director of Research (formerly Director of Search Quality) at Google Inc.[2][3][4][5]


  • Educational background 1
  • Research 2
  • Non-academic writing 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Educational background

He is a 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 . He previously 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 received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Brown University[6] and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.[1]


Norvig has been 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[7] and software engineering including the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,[8] Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp,[9] Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX.[10]

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.[11] In 2011, Norvig worked with Sebastian Thrun to develop a popular online course in Artificial Intelligence[12] that had more than 160,000 students enrolled.[13] He also teaches an online course via the Udacity platform.[14] He believes that a teaching revolution, fostered by computer tools, is pending.[15]

Non-academic writing

In 2001, Norvig published a short article titled "Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years", arguing against the fashionable introductory programming textbooks that purported to teach programming in days or weeks.[16] The article was widely shared and discussed, and has attracted contributed translations to over 20 languages.[16]

Norvig is also known for his "Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation",[17] a satire about bad presentation practices[18] using Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.


  1. ^ a b Norvig, Peter (1986). A Unified Theory of Inference for Text Understanding (PhD thesis). University of California, Berkeley. 
  2. ^ "Peter Norvig's home page". Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  3. ^ Peter Norvig's publications indexed by Google Scholar, a service provided by Google
  4. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  5. ^ Peter Norvig's publications indexed by the DBLP Bibliography Server at the University of Trier
  6. ^  
  7. ^ 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". Science 331 (6014): 176–182.  
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  9. ^ Norvig, Peter (1992), Paradigms of artificial intelligence programming: case studies in common LISP, Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufman Publishers,  
  10. ^ ″Intelligent Help Systems for Unix″
  11. ^ "Singularity University list of Faculty and Advisors". Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  12. ^ "Intro to AI - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence - Oct-Dec 2011". Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  13. ^ Naughton, John (2012-02-05). "Welcome to the desktop degree | Technology | The Observer". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  14. ^ "Udacity - Design of Computer Programs". Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  15. ^ "A classroom with 100 000 students". June 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years". Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  17. ^ "The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation". Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  18. ^ Norvig, P. (2003). "PowerPoint: Shot with its own bullets". The Lancet 362 (9381): 343–344.  

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