Andrew McCallum

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Andrew McCallum
Nationality United States
Fields Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence
Institutions WhizBang Labs
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Alma mater Dartmouth College
University of Rochester[1]
Doctoral advisor Dana H. Ballard[2]
Doctoral students Wei Li, Charles Sutton, Xuerui Wang, Aron Culotta
Known for Conditional random field
Notable awards ICML Test of Time (2011)

Andrew McCallum is a professor and researcher in the computer science department at University of Massachusetts Amherst.[3] His primary specialties are in machine learning, natural language processing, information extraction, information integration, and social network analysis.[4]

McCallum graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1989. He completed his Ph.D. at University of Rochester in 1995 under the supervision of Dana H. Ballard. He was then a postdoctoral fellow, working with Sebastian Thrun and Tom M. Mitchell at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1998 to 2000 he was a Research Scientist and Research Coordinator at Justsystem Pittsburgh Research Center. From 2000 to 2002 was Vice President of Research and Development at WhizBang Labs, and Director of its Pittsburgh office.[1]

In 2009 he was elected a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.[5]

Main contributions[edit]

In collaboration with John Lafferty and Fernando Pereira, McCallum developed conditional random fields, first described in a paper presented at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML).[6] In 2011 this research paper won the ICML "Test of Time" (10 year best paper) award.[citation needed]

McCallum has written several widely used[7] open-source software toolkits for machine learning, natural language processing and other text processing, including Rainbow,[8] Mallet (software project), and FACTORIE.[9] In addition, he was instrumental in publishing the Enron Corpus, a large collection of emails that has been used as a basis for a number of academic studies of social networking and language.


  1. ^ a b "Bio for Andrew McCallum". Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  2. ^ "The Mathematics Genealogy Project - Andrew McCallum". Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  3. ^ "". Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Elected AAAI Fellows". Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
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  6. ^ Lafferty, J.; McCallum, A.; Pereira, F.C.N. (2001). "International Conference on Machine Learning". pp. 79–87.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  7. ^ "Google Scholar search for +mccallum +rainbow +sofware". Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Rainbow". Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  9. ^ "FACTORIE". Retrieved 2014-05-20. 

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