School of Information Commencement 2016
The commencement ceremony honors the class of 2016 with keynote speaker Peter Norvig and student speakers.
The 2016 ceremony honors graduates from all three School of Information degree programs: Ph.D. in information management & systems, Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS), and Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS).
Outstanding MIDS projects will be honored with the Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award, and outstanding MIMS projects will receive the James R. Chen Awards.
Reception on the South Hall lawn immediately following the ceremony.
Keynote Speaker: Peter Norvig
Peter Norvig is director of research at Google, Inc. Previously he was head of Google’s core search algorithms group, and of NASA Ames’s Computational Sciences Division, making him NASA’s senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Berkeley, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He was co-teacher of an artifical intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. His publications include 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 also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world’s longest palindromic sentence. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.