Fernanda Viégas co-leads Google’s PAIR (People+AI Research) initiative, part of Google Brain. Her work in machine learning, with long-time colleague Martin Wattenberg, focuses on improving human/AI interaction with a broader agenda of democratizing AI technology. She is well known for her contributions to social and collaborative visualization, and the systems her team has created are used daily by millions of people. Fernanda’s passion for making complex data understandable to lay viewers has led her to visualize wind currents, study collaboration patterns in Wikipedia, and create a dynamic map of news around the world. Her visualization-based artwork with Wattenberg has been exhibited worldwide, and is part of the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York. Fernanda holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab.
Senior Staff Research Scientist