I received an undergraduate degree (1988) and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1992) from IST, in Lisbon. I received an M.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine. I spent two years as an assistant professor at IST before joining the faculty of the University of Washington in 1999. I'm the author or co-author of over 200 technical publications in machine learning, data mining, and other areas. I'm a member of the editorial board of the Machine Learning journal, co-founder of the International Machine Learning Society, and past associate editor of JAIR. I was program co-chair of KDD-2003 and SRL-2009, and I've served on the program committees of AAAI, ICML, IJCAI, KDD, SIGMOD, WWW, and others. I'm a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the highest honor in the data mining field. I'm a AAAI Fellow, and I've received a Sloan Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Fulbright Scholarship, an IBM Faculty Award, several best paper awards, and other distinctions.