The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT has announced that the recipients of the Faculty Research and Innovation Fellowship (FRIF) for 2012 are Fredo Durand, Piotr Indyk and Pablo Parrilo. In its second year, the FRIF is given to recognize senior EECS faculty members for outstanding research contributions and international leadership in their fields. Winners of the FRIF receive three years of gift funding. [Photo: The 2012 Faculty Research Innovation Fellows are (left to right) Fredo Durand, Piotr Indyk and Pablo Parrilo.]
Fredo Durand works both on synthetic image generation and computational photography. His research interests span mosty aspects of picture generation and creation, with emphasis on mathematical analysis, signal processing, and inspiration from perceptual sciences. Fredo has been recognized for his work including an inaugural Eurographics Young Researcher Award in 2004, an NSF CAREER award in 2005, and an inaugural Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship in 2005. Fredo is a member of CSAIL.
Piotr Indyk works on high-dimensional computational geometry, sketching and streaming algorithms, sparse recovery and compressive sensing. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, Sloan Fellowship, Packard Fellowship and Technology Review TR10. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and SIAM Journal on Computing. Piotr is a member of CSAIL.
Pablo A. Parrilo works on optimization methods for engineering applications, control and identification of uncertain complex systems, robustness analytsis and synthesis, and the development and application of computational tools based on convex optimization and algorithmic algebra to practically relevant engineering problems. Pablo has received several distinctions, including a Finmeccanica Career Development Chair, the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory (SIAG/CST) Prize, and the IEEE Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the MOS/SIAM Book Series in Optimization. Pablo is an Associate Director of LIDS.
Inaugural FRIF recipients in 2011 included Vladimir Bulovic, Tommi Jaakkola, Dina Katabi and Muriel Medard. Read more about them in the 2012 EECS newsletter the Connector at: http://www.eecs.mit.edu/docs/newsletter/connector2012.pdf