Bio: Professor McAllester received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978, 1979, and 1987 respectively. He served on the faculty of Cornell University for the academic year of 1987-1988 and served on the faculty of MIT from 1988 to 1995. He was a member of technical staff at AT&T Labs-Research from 1995 to 2002. He has been a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) since 1997. From 2002 to 2017 he was Chief Academic Officer at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC) where he is currently a Professor. He has received three "test of time" awards --- for a paper on systematic nonlinear planning at the AAAI conference, a paper on interval methods for constraint solving at the International Conference of Logic Programming, and a paper on the deformable part model in computer vision from the the conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR).