Bruce Porter is the Chief Science Officer at SparkCognition. In this role, Bruce leads the Applied Research Lab which focuses on products and solutions built with Artificial Intelligence. Before joining SparkCognition in 2020, Bruce was a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas in Austin. He joined the faculty in 1984 with a focus on research and teaching in Artificial Intelligence. Bruce served as Chair of the Department from 2009 through 2017. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988), the Best Paper Award from the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-1997), and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas (2015). Bruce earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence, in 1984 from the University of California at Irvine.