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Julia Hirschberg is Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor of Computer Science and was Chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University from 2012-2018. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked at Bell Laboratories and AT&T Laboratories -- Research from 1985-2003 as a Member of Technical Staff and a Department Head, creating the Human-Computer Interface Research Department. She served as editor-in-chief of Computational Linguistics from 1993-2003 and co-editor-in-chief of Speech Communication from 2003-2006 and is now on the Editorial Board. She was on the Executive Board of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) from 1993-2003, on the Permanent Council of International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP) since 1996, and on the board of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) from 1999-2007 (as President 2005-2007, Advisory Council 2007--), on the Executive Board of the Computing Research Association from 2013-2014, on the AAAI Council from 2012-2015, and the Executive Board of the North American Chapter of the ACL, 2012-2015, and on the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee from 2011-2018. She currently co-chairs the CRA's Committee on Women (CRA-W) on which she has served on as board member since 2009. She has been active in working for diversity at AT&T and at Columbia. She has been a AAAI fellow since 1994, an ISCA Fellow since 2008, and a (founding) ACL Fellow since 2011, an ACM Fellow since 2015, an IEEE Fellow since 2017, a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 2017, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2018. She was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2014 and as an Honorary Member of the Association for Laboratory Phonology in the same year. She has received honorary doctorates from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm in 2007 and from Tilburg University in the Netherlands in 2018, a Columbia Engineering School Alumni Association (CESAA) Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2009 and the Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award in 2018. She received the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award in 2011, and the ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement in 2011. She was selected as the Fillmore Professor at the LSA Summer Institute in 2017.