Christopher Palmer received his B.Math degree from the University of Waterloo (1998) and his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University (2000). His work was on text clustering, similarity metrics for categorical data, tools for analyzing large graphs and data-mining on the Web. He co-founded a Carnegie Mellon startup, Vivisimo, that develops text clustering software. Vivisimo was acquired by IBM, in 2012.