Daphne Koller (born 27 August, 1968) is an Israeli-American Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University and a [1 ] MacArthur Fellowship recipient. She's also one of the founders of Coursera, an online education platform. Her general research area is artificial intelligence [2 ] and its applications in the [3 ] biomedical sciences. [4 ] Koller was featured in an article by [5 ] MIT Technology Review titled "10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change Your World" concerning the topic of [6 ] Bayesian machine learning.
She received a bachelor's degree from the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1985, at the age of 17, and a master's degree from the same institution in 1986. [7 ]
Koller completed her Ph.D. at Stanford in 1993 under the supervision of
Joseph Halpern, did postdoctoral research at University of California, Berkeley from 1993 to 1995, and joined the faculty of the Stanford University Computer Science Department in 1995. She was named a [8 ] MacArthur Fellow in 2004.
In April 2008, Daphne Koller was awarded the first ever $150,000
ACM- Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences. [9 ]
In 2009, she published a textbook on
probabilistic graphical models together with Nir Friedman. She offered a free online course on the subject starting in February 2012. [10 ] [11 ]
Andrew Ng, a fellow Stanford computer science professor in the AI lab, launched Coursera in 2012.
She is married to Dan Avida.
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