Professor Han Liu has been awarded the 2015 Teaching Award by the Engineering council for his teaching of ORF 350 "Analysis of Big Data". He is one of five professors who taught in 2015 to be selected for this honor.
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Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, effective February 1, 2016. The title of his project is "Polynomial Optimization and Dynamical Systems." Professor Ahmadi aims to develop efficient, convex optimization-based algorithms for polynomial optimization problems, with an emphasis on applications to analysis of uncertain and nonlinear dynamical systems. His project also has a strong educational component which focuses on undergraduate teaching in optimization. The CAREER Award is the most prestigious award from the NSF in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi has been awarded with the 2015 Best SICON Paper Prize of the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory. The prize is awarded every two years to the authors of the two most outstanding papers published in the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization (SICON) in the two calendar years before the year of the award. The award is given for Ahmadi's paper (co-authored with Jungers, Parrilo, and Roozbehani) "Joint Spectral Radius and Path-Complete Graph Lyapunov Functions" SICON Vol. 52, (2014) pp. 687-717, which also appears as a chapter of Ahmadi's PhD thesis at MIT. The prize will be awarded at the 2017 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications.
Assistant Professor Han Liu received the Howard B. Wentz Jr. Junior Faculty Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). The award was established to attract and retain the most talented junior faculty members in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Han will use his Howard B. Wentz award to facilitate his research projects on nonparametric graphical models, nonconvex statistical optimization, and post-regularization inference.
Sebastien Bubeck has been awarded the 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computer Science. The $50,000 fellowship recognizes promising early career scientists who have been nominated by their colleagues.
Prof. Han Liu has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, effective September, 1, 2015. The title of his project is "An Integrated Inferential Framework for Big Data Research and Education". Prof. Liu aims to develop a new generation of inferential tools for assessing uncertainty of complex statistical machine learning methods unique to Big Data analysis. The CAREER Award is the most prestigious award from the NSF in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.