The department is pleased to announce that faculty members Bianca Schroeder, Vinod Vaikuntanathan, and cross-appointed faculty member Russ Salakhutdinov have been awarded 2013 Sloan Research Fellowships.
These highly competitive fellowships are given to young researchers in disciplines spanning the physical and social sciences "in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field."
Bianca receives this award in recognition of her landmark research on large-scale systems reliability, the impact of which has been significant both in academia and in industry. Vinod is recognized for his groundbreaking work on "homomorphic encryption", which enables
computation on encrypted data. Russ is recognized as a leader in the emerging field of deep learning in artificial intelligence.
Since these fellowships were established in 1965 there have been fewer than 50 recipients at the University of Toronto, across six disciplines, namely, Physics, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science. The department's 3 recipients make up the majority of the U of T's five 2013 Sloan winners.
Congratulations to Bianca, Vinod, and Russ!
See the U of T story here. See the UTSC announcement here. See the Sloan website here.