Daphne Koller

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Daphne Koller
Daphne Koller with flowers (portrait).jpg
Born (1968-08-27) August 27, 1968 (age 50)
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materStanford University (1993, PhD)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1986, MS)
Known forMachine learning
Graphical model
MOOC (Coursera)
AwardsIJCAI Computers and Thought Award (2001)
MacArthur Fellow (2004)
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence
InstitutionsStanford University
ThesisFrom Knowledge to Belief (1994)
Doctoral advisorJoseph Halpern
Doctoral studentsEran Segal, Lise Getoor, Mehran Sahami, Ben Taskar

Daphne Koller (born August 27, 1968) is an Israeli-American Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University[1] and a MacArthur Fellowship recipient. She is also one of the founders of Coursera, an online education platform. Her general research area is artificial intelligence[2][3] and its applications in the biomedical sciences.[4][5] Koller was featured in a 2004 article by MIT Technology Review titled "10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change Your World"[6] concerning the topic of Bayesian machine learning.


Koller 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, at the age of 18.[7]

She 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,[8] and joined the faculty of the Stanford University Computer Science Department in 1995. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2004, was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.

In April 2008, Koller was awarded the first ever $150,000 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences.[9]

She and Andrew Ng, a fellow Stanford computer science professor in the AI lab, launched Coursera in 2012. She served as the co-CEO with Ng, and then as President of Coursera. She was recognized for her contributions to online education by being named one of Newsweek's 10 Most Important People in 2010, Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2012, and Fast Company's Most Creative People in 2014.[10]

She left Coursera in 2016 to become chief computing officer at Calico.[10] In 2018, she left Calico to join Insitro, a drug discovery startup.[11]

She is married to Dan Avida.[7]


Koller is primarily interested in representation, inference, learning, and decision making, with a focus on applications to computer vision and computational biology.[12] Along with Dr. Anna Penn of Stanford University, Koller developed PhysiScore, which uses various data elements to predict whether premature babies are likely to have health issues.[13]

In 2009, she published a textbook on probabilistic graphical models together with Nir Friedman.[14] She offered a free online course on the subject starting in February 2012.[15]

Honors and awards[edit]

Selected works[edit]


  • 2009. probabilistic graphical models (with Nir Friedman). MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262013192


External video
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"Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education", TED talk, June 2012
Daphne Koller, Co-Founder of Coursera – February 20, 2013, Darden School of Business
  1. ^ "Daphne Koller". ai.stanford.edu.
  2. ^ New York Times Profile of Daphne Koller "Pursuing the Next Level of Artificial Intelligence"
  3. ^ Daphne Koller at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ pubmeddev. "daphne koller[au] - PubMed - NCBI". www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
  5. ^ Segal, E.; Shapira, M.; Regev, A.; Pe'er, D.; Botstein, D.; Koller, D.; Friedman, N. (2003). "Module networks: Identifying regulatory modules and their condition-specific regulators from gene expression data". Nature Genetics. 34 (2): 166–176. doi:10.1038/ng1165. PMID 12740579.
  6. ^ "10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change Your World", MIT Technology Review, February 2004
  7. ^ a b "Profile details: Daphne Koller". Marquis Who's Who. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Daphne Koller, Stanford University". phdtree.org. 23 November 2013. Archived from the original on 23 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Daphne Koller". awards.acm.org.
  10. ^ a b "Daphne Koller Bids Farewell to Coursera, Hello to Calico - EdSurge News". edsurge.com. 18 August 2016.
  11. ^ "AI Researcher Daphne Koller Heading New Machine Learning Drug Discovery Venture". mobihealthnews.com. 2 May 2018.
  12. ^ "10 Machine Learning Experts You Need to Know - Dataconomy". Dataconomy. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  13. ^ "Artificial Intelligence – A Brave New World for Pharma | eyeforpharma". social.eyeforpharma.com. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  14. ^ Daphne Koller and Nir Friedman (2009). Probabilistic Graphical Models. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-01319-3.
  15. ^ "Probabilistic Graphical Models 1: Representation - Coursera". Coursera.
  16. ^ "Hennessy announces eight new Bass University Fellows". Stanford University. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  17. ^ Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People
  18. ^ Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business
  19. ^ "February 13, 2017: The International Society for Computational Biology Names Seven Members as the ISCB Fellows Class of 2017". www.iscb.org. Retrieved 13 February 2017.

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