18 February 2014—Pradeep Ravikumar, an SSC and CS joint faculty member, has been awarded a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship that honors outstanding early-career scientists in eight fields. Pradeep is one of 126 young scholars selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to receive this award in the field of computer science.
Pradeep is being recognized for his work in "twenty-first century" statistical machine learning frameworks that can incorporate complex structures and inductive biases (such as shape constraints) into statistical inference procedures that would yet remain computationally tractable.
“For more than half a century, the Sloan Foundation has been proud to honor the best young scientific minds and support them during a crucial phase of their careers when early funding and recognition can really make a difference,” said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “These researchers are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge in unprecedented ways.”
Awarded annually since 1955, the Sloan Research fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists, and winning fellows are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate's independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to be a leader in his or her field.
For a complete list of winners, visit: www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/2014-sloan-research-fellows .