Ankur Moitra named a 2016 Packard Fellow

Ankur Moitra, the Rockwell International Career Development Associate Professor of Mathematics, was named a 2016 David and Lucile Packard Fellow. Each of this year’s 18 award recipients will receive a five-year, unrestricted research grant totaling $875,000. “The mathematics department is extremely proud and happy that Ankur has received this well-deserved honor,” said Tomasz Mrowka, head of the Department of Mathematics and the Singer Professor of Mathematics at MIT. “He is the dream colleague: He is deeply intellectually curious, makes fundamental contributions to his discipline, and is an important part our teaching mission.” Moitra will use the funds to support his research on algorithmic aspects of machine learning. Modern machine learning is built on techniques — like deep learning — that work well in practice, but for which we have little…

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