Zhaoran Wang, a PhD student in the StatLab, was awarded a distinguished 2015 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. Out of the 169 applicants in north America, Zhaoran is one of only 12 winners.
The Microsoft Research fellowship honors the best young minds in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics. Zhaoran, under the supervision of Professor Han Liu, is developing fundamental theoretical guarantees (both computational and statistical) for solving large-scale nonconvex learning problems. The two-year fellowship includes tuition, fees, and a yearly stipend.