Faculty Research and Engagement Program 2013 Recipients Selected

Jun 17, 2013

photo-org-6Legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” At Yahoo Labs, we may not be experts in football strategy, but we strongly feel our science contributes to improving the problems of our modern world – and we are confident the best science comes about as a result of collaboration. It is in the spirit of collaboration and desire to “win” answers to complex problems that we are excited to announce the recipients of the 2013 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP). This academic outreach initiative is designed to produce the highest quality scientific collaborations and outcomes by engaging with faculty and students conducting research in areas of mutual interest. The FREP funds help academics across the globe collaborate with Yahoo research scientists on new, exciting internet research studies and experiments. In addition to the research gift, each recipient has the opportunity to collaborate directly with distinguished Yahoo scientists and visit Yahoo Labs. Suju Rajan of Yahoo Labs will be working with Arindam Banerjee of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to scale contextual ranking for content personalization, and separately, with Benjamin Marlin of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to identify and exploit temporal patterns in online recommender systems. In her own words, Rajan explains the importance of the Faculty Research and Engagement Program:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NLr8ah06QY   We were extremely impressed with all of the submissions and would like to thank each professor who applied. Congratulations to the following recipients of the Yahoo 2013 Faculty Research and Engagement Program:

Adriana Iamnitchi University of South Florida
Arindam Banerjee University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Aryeh Kontorovich Ben Gurion
Benjamin Marlin University of Massachusetts Amherst
Georgios Paltoglou University of Wolverhampton
Gert Lanckriet University of California San Diego
Graham Cormode University of Warwick
Huan Liu Arizona State University
Ioannis Konstas University of Edinburgh
Ismail Sengor Altingovde Middle East Technical University
Jiawei Han University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Joy Ying Zhang Carnegie Mellon University
Kamer Kaya The Ohio State University
Maarten de Rijke University of Amsterdam
Mausam University of Washington, Seattle
Max Welling University of Amsterdam
Nuno Vasconcelos University of California San Diego
Oren Kurland Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Qiaoling Liu Emory University
Roberto Grossi University di Pisa
Rossano Schifanella University degli Studi di Torino
Sebastiano Vigna University degli Studi di Milano
Slobodan Vucetic Temple University
Sunita Sarawagi Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Tsachy Weissman Stanford University
Varsha Apte Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Yee Whye Teh University of Oxford
At Yahoo Labs, we’re committed to forging strong alliances with top faculty by collaborating on cutting edge research to advance Web Science. These collaborations will solve shared problems with measurable outcomes such as joint papers, advances in algorithm design, systems research, digital media studies and marketplace design. FREP supports all areas of Yahoo Labs research. If you have questions about the Faculty Research and Engagement Program please contact Kim Capps.