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Princeton Compsci Prof Wins Prestigious Award

By Network World

April 4, 2014

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David Blei, an expert in machine learning and Bayesian statistics at Princeton University, is the recipient of the 2013 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computer Sciences.

ACM and the Infosys Foundation established the award to honor recent innovations by young scientists and system developers in the computing field, and it includes a $175,000 prize.

Blei has developed methods for analyzing large collections of data that have applications for everything from email archives to computational biology to social networks and robotics.

His contributions have provided a basic framework for an entire generation of researchers to develop statistical modeling approaches, according to ACM president Vint Cerf. "In an era of explosive data on the Internet, [Blei] saw the advantage of discovering the latent themes that underlie documents, and identifying how each document exhibits these themes," Cerf notes. "In fact, he changed the way machine-learning researchers think about modeling text and other objects in the digital realm."

Blei will be joining Columbia University as a professor of statistics in the fall.

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