Professor Collins’ research interests are in natural language processing, and machine learning. He completed a PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in December 1998. From January 1999 to November 2002, he was a researcher at AT&T Labs-Research, and from January 2003 until December 2010 was an assistant/associate professor at MIT. Collins joined Columbia University in January 2011 and is also a research scientist at Google NYC.