Kamesh Munagala Wins Sloan Fellowship

February 17, 2009

Prof. Munagala (right) and grad student Sayan Bhattacharya

The Department is pleased to announce that Kamesh Munagala, assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. He is one of only 16 computer scientists from across the U.S. and Canada to be honored with the award this year.

Established in 1955, the Sloan Research Fellowships are designed to “stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise,” according to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation website. Past Sloan Fellows have gone on to win numerous awards later in their careers, including 38 Nobel Prizes and 16 Fields Medals, the top honor in mathematics. Past department recipients of the Sloan Fellowship are Professors Vincent Conitzer, Ronald Parr, Alexander Hartemink, and Mauro Maggioni.

"It is a great honor to be named a Sloan fellow, and it will contribute to increased national recognition for the entire department,” says Munagala. “I am very grateful to my department and colleagues for their support and encouragement."

Fellows receive $50,000 over a two-year period to fund research of their choice. Munagala plans to use the funding to continue his research in approximation algorithms, particularly for stochastic control problems with applications to managing uncertainty and incomplete information in databases, communication systems, and multi-agent systems. Much of the funding will be used to support graduate students and for travel.

This past April, Munagala also received the Best Paper Award at the 18th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW) for Hybrid Keyword Search Auctions, a publication written with Ashish Goel of Stanford University.