March 18, 2019
Leila Wehbe Wins Google Faculty Research Award 2018
By Roberto Iriondo
Google Research just completed another round of their prestigious Google Faculty Research Awards. The Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University is proud to announce that faculty member Leila Wehbe won a Google Research Award in computational neuroscience.
Google’s goal is to identify and strengthen long-term collaborative relationships with faculty working on problems that will impact how future generations use technology. Google Faculty Research Awards are structured as seed funding (up to $150,000 USD) to support graduate students for one year and are awarded as an unrestricted gift. The award is highly competitive - only 15% of applicants receive funding - and each proposal goes through a rigorous Google-wide review process.
Google is committed to developing new technologies to help our users find and use information. While we do significant in-house research and engineering, we also maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide pursuing innovative research in core areas relevant to our products and services. As part of that vision, the Google Faculty Research Awards Program aims to recognize and support world-class, permanent faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest.
On this round, Google AI received 910 proposals covering 40 countries and over 320 universities. After expert reviews and committee discussions, Google AI decided to fund 158 projects. The subject areas that received the most support this year were human computer interaction, machine learning, machine perception, and systems. As an institution we are incredibly fortunate to have amazing faculty members working to tackle Machine Learning problems.