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.
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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.
The Institute of Mathematical Statistics has selected Han Liu as the winner of this year’s Tweedie New Researcher Award.
Dr Liu is selected "for making fundamental and outstanding contributions to the theory and methods of nonparametric and semiparametric graphical models, with innovative applications in brain science and genomics.”
The IMS Tweedie New Researcher Award will fund Dr. Liu’s travel to present the Tweedie New Researcher Invited Lecture at the IMS New Researchers’ Conference, held this August in Seattle.
Georgina Hall, a PhD student, has been awarded the Engineering Council/GEC Excellence in Teaching Award for her role as a TA of ORF 309 "Probability and Stochastic Systems" in Fall 2014.