Pedro Domingos

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Pedro Domingos
Alma materUniversity of California, Irvine (MS, PhD)
Instituto Superior Técnico - University of Lisbon (MS, Licentiate)
Known forThe Master Algorithm[1]
AwardsSIGKDD Innovation Award (2014)
AAAI Fellowship (2010)
Sloan Fellowship (2003)
Fulbright Scholarship (1992-1997)
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence
Machine learning
Data science[2]
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington
ThesisA Unified Approach to Concept Learning (1997)
Doctoral advisorDennis F. Kibler

Pedro Domingos is a Professor Emeritus[3] of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington.[2] He is a researcher in machine learning known for Markov logic network enabling uncertain inference.[4][5]


Domingos received an undergraduate degree and Master of Science degree from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).[6] He moved to the University of California, Irvine, where he received a Master of Science degree and followed by PhD.[6]

Research and career[edit]

After spending two years as an assistant professor at IST, he joined the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in 1999 and became a full professor in 2012.[7] He started a machine learning research group at the hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co. in 2018,[8] but left in 2019.[9]


Awards and honors[edit]

Social Media presence[edit]

In December 2020, Pedro Domingos started a Twitter debate about AI ethics, Timnit Gebru’s controversial exit at Google, and (what he called) cancel culture. [12] This followed previous discussions on the existence of algorithmic biases.[13] As a result, Domingos's former department, the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington released a statement denouncing and distancing themselves from these most recent comments[14]. Following these discussions two computer science academics decided to write an open letter in defence of free speech in science. Pedro Domingos was specifically invited to be one of the signatories. In the end 50 academics signed the letter. [15]


  1. ^ a b Domingos, Pedro (2015). The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-06570-7. OCLC 1039158596.
  2. ^ a b Pedro Domingos publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Emeritus Faculty". Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence". Der Spiegel.
  5. ^ Domingos, Pedro; Pazzani, Michael (1997). "On the Optimality of the Simple Bayesian Classifier under Zero-One Loss". Machine Learning. 29 (2/3): 103–130. doi:10.1023/A:1007413511361. ISSN 0885-6125.
  6. ^ a b Domingos, Pedro. "Pedro Domingos". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Pedro Domingos | Computer Science & Engineering". Retrieved 2019-05-12.
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  9. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Pedro M. Domingos. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  10. ^ 2014 SIGKDD Innovation Award: Pedro Domingos
  11. ^ "Elected AAAI Fellows".
  12. ^ Soper, Taylor (16 December 2020). "Retired UW computer science professor embroiled in Twitter spat over AI ethics and 'cancel culture'". GeekWire. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  13. ^ Anyangwe, Eliza (2020-03-10). "Algorithms that run our lives are racist and sexist. Meet the women trying to fix them". The Correspondent. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  14. ^ Soper, Taylor (16 December 2020). "Retired UW computer science professor embroiled in Twitter spat over AI ethics and 'cancel culture'".
  15. ^ "Researchers.One". Retrieved 2021-01-03.