Martha E. Pollack
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Martha E. Pollack is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan, where she is also Professor of Information in the School of Information, and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering.
Prior to becoming provost, Pollack served the University of Michigan as Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Dean of the School of Information, and Associate Chair for Computer Science and Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She has been on the faculty at Michigan since 2000, having previously been a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and a member of the technical staff at SRI International.
A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Pollack’s research has been in the area of Artificial Intelligence, where she has published widely on topics including automated planning, natural-language processing, temporal reasoning, and constraint satisfaction. A particular focus of her work has been the design of intelligent technology to assist people with cognitive impairment, a topic on which she testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Aging. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Intel, DARPA, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
In addition to receiving a number awards for her research, she has been honored for her professional service, for example with the Sarah Goddard Power Award in recognition of her efforts to increase the representation of and climate for women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, as President of AAAI, as a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Division, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association.
Pollack received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, completing a self-designed interdisciplinary major in linguistics. She earned her M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.