Welcome to brachman.org, the personal site of Ron Brachman.
From April of 2012 until February of 2016, I was the Chief Scientist of Yahoo and the Head of Yahoo Labs. Prior to that, starting in September of 2012, I was the Associate Head of the Labs and essentially its Chief Operating Officer. Yahoo Labs was a worldwide research and applied science organization, with an exceptional team of scientists and research engineers. It included the company's Academic Partnerships organization. Over its history, Yahoo Labs had teams in Sunnyvale and San Francisco, California; New York City; London, England; Haifa, Israel; Barcelona, Spain; Beijing, China; Bangalor, India; and Santiago, Chile. In early 2016, Yahoo corporate management decided to decentralize its research and applied science workforce, assigning its staff to engineering teams across the company. At that point, after an outstanding 10-year history, Yahoo Labs ceased to exist. Yahoo's blog post about the change is here.
I have held many leadership positions in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence throughout my career, including President of AAAI and Secretary-Treasurer of IJCAI, Inc. I am on advisory committees for Departments of Computer Science at Princeton University and Columbia University, and the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. I am also on the technical advisory board of the Johns Hopkins University Human Language Technology Center of Excellence.
Prior to joining Yahoo in 2005, I was the Director of the Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In that capacity I led a new revitalized (and re-named) IPTO and DARPA towards a new generation of computational systems with cognitive capabilities, building on artificial intelligence and systems work from many parts of Computer Science. The Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) program that I created with help from Zach Lemnios led directly to the technology that Apple now offers in the form of the Siri intelligent assistant on its iPhone products.
In February of 2002, I retired from AT&T Labs, after more than 16 years with AT&T Labs and Bell Labs.