Christopher Pal is an associate professor in the department of software and information engineering at Polytechnique Montreal and an adjunct faculty member in the department of computer science and operations research at the University of Montreal. He is also one of the founding faculty members of the Mila institute. He is a co-author of the newest edition of the well-known book Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques. He has a PhD from the University of Waterloo and worked with both the University of Toronto's Machine Learning group and Microsoft Research in Redmond Washington extensively during his graduate studies.