(This post has been updated; please scroll down for the latest.)
This afternoon, the White House named 96 researchers — including a 2009 Computing Innovation Fellow (CIFellow) – as recipients of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), “the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.” Established in 1996 and coordinated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the awards honor individuals “for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.” Among this year’s PECASE recipients, several are in computing and related fields (following the link):
- David Blei, Princeton University, for creating methods for computers to analyze huge collections of documents to find themes hidden within them.
- Vincent Conitzer, Duke University, for groundbreaking work on computational aspects of game theory, social choice and mechanism design.
- Michael Freedman, Princeton University, for designing, building and prototyping cloud computer storage.
- Curtis Huttenhower, Harvard University, for providing a framework for data mining genome databases.
- Suzanne Shontz, Pennsylvania State University, for research in computational and data-enabled science and engineering.
- Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University, for work in computer science, including the development of CAPTCHA, used industry-wide to verify authenticity in transactions conducted online.
- Brent Waters, University of Texas at Austin, for research in cryptography and computer security.
- Jennifer Wortman Vaughan, University of California at Los Angeles, for groundbreaking research in machine learning and social network theory.
“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people. The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”
For a complete list of awardees, see the official press release. Congratulations to all of the 2012 PECASE recipients!
Updated Monday, July 23rd at 11:20pm MDT: The original version of this post inadvertently excluded David Blei and Vincent Conitzer from the list of 2012 PECASE winners from our field. My sincere apologies to both David and Vincent for this oversight — and many thanks to those who noticed.
Please join me in congratulating David and Vincent, along with all the other recipients of this year’s PECASE award, for this incredible honor!
(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)