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Dr. Anna Patterson
Vice President of Engineering, Artificial Intelligence
Anna Patterson is currently Vice President of Engineering, Artificial Intelligence for Google. Her current focus is text understanding. She is also currently on the board at Harvey Mudd College and on the National Engineering Council at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a co-founder of Progressive Women of Silicon Valley which helps host candidates and causes in Silicon Valley.

At Google, she was the architect of one of their largest search serving systems TeraGoogle and also led efforts in Web Search, Ads and Shopping. Recently she was responsible for Books at Google and Search and Recommendations for Android.

She is the co-founder of Cuil a clustering-based search engine and wrote Recall.archive.org, a history-based search engine out of the Internet Archive which showed trends over time. She wrote “Why writing your own search engine is hard” in the ACM Queue about this experience.

Anna Patterson received her B.S. in Computer Science from Washington University and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign with a dissertation entitled “Implicit programming and the Logic of Constructible Duality.” In mathematics, she is most known for the CONCUR 1997 result that “Two finite Kripke structures are bisimilar if and only if they have the same set of valid formulas.” After graduation, she was a Research Scientist at Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence working with John McCarthy on Phenomenal Data Mining.
Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Feb 22, 2014 Feb 28, 2018

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Committee on Trustees May 08, 2014 Feb 28, 2015
Committee on Trustees Mar 07, 2015 Feb 29, 2016
Committee on Trustees Mar 01, 2016 Mar 01, 2017