Jayadev Acharya, an Indian American professor at Cornell, gets National Science Foundation award

Jayadev Acharya
Jayadev Acharya; image via Facebook

Acharya, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, gets the prestigious CAREER award for five years.

Jayadev Acharya, an assistant professor in the school of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University, was recently awarded with a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

The professor was awarded the honor from the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations.

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Acharya’s proposal “Statistical Inference Under Information Constraints: Efficient Algorithms and Fundamental Limits” won him a five-year grant — from 2019-2024  — worth $552,654.

Explaining his research Acharya said in a statement: “Consider an app on mobile device. We would like it to be small in size, communicate as little as possible, leak little information about the user, consume little power and so on.”

He added, “A fundamental understanding of the limits and trade-offs between constrained resources such as samples, time, memory, communication and privacy is critical for tackling the many challenges in data science that lay ahead.”

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NSF’s CAREER program offers awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

They are the most prestigious awards within the Foundation.

According to NSF, the “project will integrate ideas from computer science, information theory, machine learning, and statistics, seeking to bridge researchers from these communities” and all “findings of this project will be disseminated through publications, and will be made publicly available” on Acharya’s website.

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Acharya is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. He was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and obtained his PhD from UC San Diego. He’s married and has a young daughter. They live in Ithaca, New York.

Dr. Jayaraman Sivaguru of North Dakota State University receives $440,000 grant from National Science Foundation


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