News: Faculty Research and Engagement Program 2014 Recipients Selected

June 18th, 2014

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It is in the spirit of collaboration and desire to discover answers to complex problems that we are excited to announce the recipients of the 2014 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) award. This academic outreach initiative is designed to produce the highest quality scientific collaborations and outcomes by engaging with faculty and students conducting research in areas of mutual interest. The FREP awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in unrestricted gifts to support new, exciting Internet research studies and experiments between academics across the globe and their Yahoo research scientist counterparts.

Over the course of the next year and beyond, FREP award recipients and Yahoo Labs scientists will work closely to further research in their mutual areas of interest. Yahoo Labs Research Scientist Mihajlo Grbovic will be working with Stanford University Assistant Professor Jure Leskovec on the network-based detection of potentially compromised accounts in Yahoo Mail and Tumblr. Mihajlo and Jure further discuss their research and the FREP award here:

We were extremely impressed with all of the submissions and would like to thank each professor who applied. Congratulations to the following recipients of the Yahoo 2014 Faculty Research and Engagement Program:

Adriana Iamnitchi University of South Florida
Andrew McCallum University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Aristides Gionis Aalto University
Arvind Krishnamurthy University of Washington
Chen Lin Michigan State University
Christos Faloutsos Carnegie Mellon University
Duen Horng (Polo) Chau Georgia Institute of Technology
Erez Petrank Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Fabio Crestani University of Lugano (USI)
Giuseppe Manco CNR
Graham Cormode University of Warwick, UK
Janet Vertesi Princeton University
Jun Wang University College London
Jure Leskovec Stanford University
Katya Scheinberg Lehigh University
Koby Crammer Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Luo Si Purdue University
Nuno Vasconcelos University of California, San Diego
Oren Kurland Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Philip S. Yu University of Illinois-Chicago
Raffaele Perego CNR
Rossano Schifanella University of Torino
Rossano Venturini University of Pisa
Seffi Naor Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Theophilus Benson Duke University

At Yahoo Labs, we’re committed to forging strong alliances with top faculty by collaborating on cutting edge research to advance Web Science. These collaborations will solve shared problems with measurable outcomes such as joint papers, advances in algorithm design, systems research, digital media studies, and marketplace design. FREP supports all areas of Yahoo Labs research.

If you have questions about the Faculty Research and Engagement Program, please contact Kim Capps.

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