Koller came to Calico from Coursera, a leading online educational platform, where she was Founder and President, following more than 18 years on the faculty at Stanford University. At Stanford, Koller was the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science working in the area of machine learning and probabilistic modeling, with applications to systems biology and personalized medicine. She is the author of more than 200 refereed publications in venues that range from Science to the NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems) conference.
Koller is the recipient of awards that include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACM/Infosys award, the IJCAI Computers and Thoughts Award (given biannually to an outstanding young scientist in Artificial Intelligence), and membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, at the invitation of President Obama and Secretary Pritzker.
Koller was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2014, Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2012, Newsweek’s 10 Most Important People in 2010 and Huffington Post 100 Game Changers for 2010.
She received her bachelor’s degree in math and computer science and master’s degree in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Koller received her Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford in 1994.