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SBU Wins Multiple Google Faculty Research Awards

Xiaojun bi
Xiaojun Bi
Xiaojun Bi

Three faculty members from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have received Google Faculty Research Awards, one-year awards given to support the work of world-class faculty members at top universities around the world. This honor highlights Stony Brook’s competitive presence among other top engineering universities on Google’s 2017 winners list, which includes MIT, Stanford University and University of California – Berkeley.

Each year, Google announces an open call for PhD students and faculty at accredited Universities to submit proposals on computer science-related topics. Those chosen gain the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Google researchers and engineers to develop their research.

Francesco Orabona
Francesco Orabona

Stony Brook’s 2017 Google Faculty Research Award recipients are:

Xiaojun Bi, Department of Computer Science: to develop a model-based approach that will address user interface issues caused by the imprecision of current touch screen technology.

Francesco Orabona, Department of Computer Science: to design parameter-free, automatic machine learning algorithms.

Fan Ye, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: to investigate a low-cost, scalable solution for mapping indoor floor plans to serve as the foundation for indoor location based services.

Fan Ye
Fan Ye

“At Stony Brook, we know our faculty drives innovation not only in the classroom but in the real world as well,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.  “Receiving three Google Research Awards is a demonstration of the truly transformative work being done by our outstanding faculty. “I congratulate Professors Bi, Orabona and Ye on this award, and thank them for their contributions to the Stony Brook community.”

“I extend my congratulations to Xiaojun Bi, Francesco Orabona and Fan Ye for receiving 2017 Google Faculty Research Awards,” said Michael A. Bernstein, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University. “We are immensely proud of the elite company that Stony Brook now joins as one of the few universities to have multiple recipients of this award. We are thrilled that the innovative research of these fine colleagues has been recognized with this esteemed honor.”

Click here for more information about each research project.

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