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Anna Patterson
2014 MAKER

Anna Patterson


Anna Patterson is currently Vice President of Engineering, Artificial Intelligence for Google. Her current focus is text understanding.  She is also currently a trustee at Harvey Mudd College and a trustee at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute 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.  Before her current role in AI, she was responsible for half of Google Play including Books at Google and Search, Recommendations and Infrastructure scaling up Android infrastructure from 40 million phones to over 800 million phones sold.
She is the co-founder of Cuil a clustering-based search engine and wrote, 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 PhD from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and was a Research Scientist at Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence working with John McCarthy on Phenomenal Data Mining.

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