NESCAI08: The Third North East Student Colloquium on Artificial Intelligence

2-4 May 2008, Ithaca, NY

Career Panel

The idea of this career panel is to give students an inside perspective into the process of looking for a job in AI-related fields after obtaining a Ph.D. The career panelists will share their perspectives on different kind of jobs: postdoctoral researcher, teaching faculty, research faculty and industry researcher. This will be mostly a discussion so bring your questions!

Eric Breck

Eric Breck is a PhD candidate in computer science at Cornell. Graduating this summer, he will start teaching in the fall at Rhodes College, in Memphis, TN. His research interests are in natural language processing and machine learning.

Dan Kifer

Dan Kifer recieved his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in August 2006. He also held a postdoctoral position at Cornell from September 2006 to August 2007. In the fall of 2007, Dan joined Yahoo! Research for a year. In fall 2008, he is starting as Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State University.

Ben Taskar

Ben Taskar received his bachelor's and doctoral degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. After a postdoc at the University of California at Berkeley, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Department in 2007. His research interests include machine learning, graphical models, large-scale and distributed convex optimization, applications in natural language processing, computer vision, and computational biology.