Carnegie Mellon University

Portraits of Yuanzhi Li and George Chen.

March 08, 2022

MLD Faculty Earn NSF CAREER Awards

By Aaron Aupperlee

Two members of the Machine Learning Department community are among four SCS faculty members who recently earned National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program awards — the foundation's most prestigious for young faculty members.

Assistant Professor Yuanzhi Li will receive more than $640,000 to study how deep learning neural networks build representations from training data. The research seeks to advance deep learning methods while improving how they interpret and handle large amounts of data, ultimately allowing humans to better interact with deep learning models for broader applications such as self-driving cars.

George Chen, an assistant professor of information systems in Heinz College who is an affiliated faculty in MLD, was awarded nearly $585,000 to develop new real-time machine learning models for healthcare that could help hospitals predict the length of patient recovery and hospital stays. The research will be used to assist medical transport and clinical exam room scheduling systems, and has the potential to make patient care more personalized and improve how hospitals use their resources.

Li and Chen join SCS colleagues Changliu Liu and Eunsuk Kang as recent CAREER Award recipients. Learn more about their work on the SCS News page.