C. Raymond Perrault

C. Raymond Perrault

Ray Perrault is a Distinguished Computer Scientist in SRI’s Artificial Intelligence Center, of which he was Director from 1987 to 2017.  The AIC performs contract research for government and commercial sponsors, leading to spinoffs and licensed technology. His main research interests are in natural language processing and speech act theory. From 2002 to 2009 he was co-Principal Investigator of the CALO Project, a large, multi-institutional, DARPA-funded project whose objective was to build an intelligent office assistant that learns through interaction with its user and the world. Several technologies developed on that project (e.g. Siri) have been transitioned to commercial and military applications. He has been a member of advisory boards and review committees in the US, Canada, UK, and Italy. He is co-chair of the steering committee of the AI Index project under the Human-Centered AI Institute at Stanford University.

Work Experience

  • Distinguished Computer Scientist, AI Center, SRI International
  • Director, AI Center, SRI International
  • Interim Director, Speech Technology and Research Lab, SRI International
  • Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto


  • B.Sc., (First Class Honours in Mathematics), McGill University
  • Ph.D., Computer and Communications Sciences, University of Michigan

Awards, Honors, and Significant Achievements

  • IJCAI Donald E Walker Distinguished Service Award
  • DARPA Award of Excellence by a Performer (with CALO Team)
  • SRI Presidential Achievement Award to AI Center
  • Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
  • Fellow, AAAS
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Artificial Intelligence Journal
  • President, International Joint Conference on AI
  • President, Association for Computational Linguistics
  • Founding Principal, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University