Heather Pon-Barry is a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College. Her research in the area of spoken language processing combines elements of artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, signal processing and cognitive science to support the development of personalized, intelligent natural language systems.
Heather joined Mount Holyoke College in 2014. From 2013-2014, she was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.
Heather earned a doctoral degree in computer science from Harvard University in 2013, where her research was supported by a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, and where she was named a 2013 Siebel Scholar. Previously, she worked in the Natural Language Understanding Group at Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, California and in the Computational Semantics Lab at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.