Martha Palmer is the first woman to obtain a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Edinburgh, she studied philosophy and computer science at the University of Texas, Austin.
Her research is focused on capturing elements of the meanings of words that can comprise automatic representations of complex sentences and documents. She was an Associate Professor in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania for 6 years before moving to the University of Colorado, where she became the Helen and Hubert Croft Professor of Computer Science and an Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction for Linguistics. She has recently retired from those positions but is staying on as part-time research faculty.
The University of Edinburgh produced a short video honoring Dr. Palmer's career, which can be viewed here.