Does Language Mirror the Mind?: Viewpoints by Fernando Pereira, VP at Google, at the Distinguished Lecture DI/NOVA LINCS 2022


The 10th Distinguished Lecture, promoted by the Department of Computer Science and NOVA LINCS, will be lectured by Fernando Pereira, Vice-President and Engineering Fellow at Google, where he leads research and development in natural language understanding and machine learning.

With a successful career in the field of artificial intelligence, natural language processing and machine learning, Fernando Pereira will be at the Grand Auditorium of NOVA School of Science and Technology, on May 25 at 3:00 pm, with the lecture “Does Language Mirror the Mind? A Personal Journey”.

With more than 120 publications, his contributions to to computational linguistics and logic programming research led to be elected has AAAI Fellow in 1991 for contributions to computational linguistics and logic programming, ACM Fellow in 2010 for contributions to machine learning models of natural language and biological sequences, and ACL Fellow for contributions to sequence modeling, finite-state methods, and dependency and deductive parsing. He was president of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 1993.

Among the prominent positions he held, we highlight the presidency of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 1993, head of the Machine Learning and Information Retrieval department at AT&T Labs, and research and management positions at SRI International.

Since 2012, the Department of Informatics, in collaboration with NOVA LINCS, has organized this series of lectures with the aim of inspiring students through direct contact with researchers and professionals who are at the forefront of computer engineering.