Tom M. Mitchell is the E. Fredkin University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he founded the world's first Machine Learning Department. Mitchell's research lies in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive neuroscience. His current research includes developing machine learning approaches to natural language understanding by computers, as well as brain imaging studies of natural language understanding by humans.
    Mitchell is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Association of Arts and Sciences, and is Past President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Dalhousie University for his contributions to machine learning and cognitive neuroscience, and in 2017 he received the 10-Year Outstanding Research Contributions Award from the Brain Informatics Conference for his research studying language processing in the human brain.