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Andrew McCallum is a Professor and Director of the Information Extraction and Synthesis Laboratory in the School of Computer Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has published over 250 papers in many areas of AI, including natural language processing, machine learning, data mining and reinforcement learning, and his work has received over 30,000 citations. 

He obtained his PhD from University of Rochester in 1995 with Dana Ballard and a postdoctoral fellowship from CMU with Tom Mitchell and Sebastian Thrun.  In the early 2000's he was Vice President of Research and Development at at WhizBang Labs, a 170-person start-up company that used machine learning for information extraction from the Web. 

He is a AAAI Fellow, the recipient of the UMass Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Activity, the UMass NSM Distinguished Research Award, the UMass Lilly Teaching Fellowship, and research awards from Google, IBM and Microsoft.  He was the General Chair for the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2012, and is a member and president-elect of the International Machine Learning Society, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Machine Learning Research. 

For the past ten years, McCallum has been active in research on statistical machine learning applied to text, especially information extraction, co-reference, semi-supervised learning, topic models, and social network analysis.  Work on open peer review can be found at  Work on search and bibliometric analysis of open-access research literature can be found at

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