Associate Professor
Computer Science Department, University of Maryland
AV Williams Bldg, Rm 3217 College Park, MD 20742

I was born in Seattle, WA. At the time, my father, Ronald Getoor, was a professor in the mathematics department at the University of Washington, and my mother, Ann Getoor, worked on the design of commercial airplanes at Boeing. When I was four, my dad took a position in the math department at UCSD, and we moved to San Diego. I grew up in San Diego, and am spoilt forever by its temperate climate.

Not wanting to move too far from the nice beaches and good weather, I did my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science, highest honors. Then, I moved further up the coast of California, and went to UC Berkeley. I did my MS in Computer Science with Stuart Russell; my master's thesis was 'The Instance Description Language: How it can be Derived and the use of its Derivation", which discussed the tree-structured bias induced by a logical reasoning system, and under what circumstances this lead to a computationally tractable learning problem (from the perspective of computational learning theory).

After graduating from Berkeley, I moved south a bit, working for several years at a small expert systems company in Palo Alto, Aion Corporation, where I was Ms. Object Oriented Programming, adding OO features to the company's expert system. Then I moved a bit further south, to work at NASA-Ames, in Mountain View, CA. I worked on the COLLAGE Planning system, with Amy Lansky. I really enjoyed my time working in the AI group at NASA-Ames.

In 1995, I decided to return to school to get my PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University. I received a National Physical Sciences Consortium fellowship, which in addition to supporting me for six years, supported a summer internship at Xerox PARC, where I worked with Markus Fromherz and his group. Daphne Koller was my PhD advisor; in addition to working with her, I worked closely with Nir Friedman, and many other members of the DAGS group, including Avi Pfeffer, Mehran Sahami, Ben Taskar, Carlos Guestrin,Uri Lerner,Ron Parr, Eran Segal, Simon Tong,

In 2001, I joined the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Education EDIT

Phd Univ.Stanford UniversityPhd MajorComputer SciencePhd Date2001
Master Univ.University of CaliforniaMaster MajorComputer ScienceMaster Date1989
Bachelor Univ.University of CaliforniaBachelor MajorComputer ScienceBachelor Date1986
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