Daskalakis, Matusik and Watts are promoted to Associate Professor

May 4, 2015

From top, Professors Costis Daskalakis, Wojciech Matusik and Michael WattsEECS Department Head Anantha P. Chandrakasan and Associate Department Heads Silvio Micali and David J. Perreault announced today the promotions of Professors Constantinos Daskalakis, Wojciech Matusik, and Michael Watts to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure effective July 1, 2015.

Constantinos Daskalakis is a leader in theory of computation, algorithmic game theory, and applied probability. In complexity theory, Costis has proved the PPAD completeness of finding Nash equilibria. In mechanism design, he has generalized Myerson’s celebrated (indeed, Nobel-prize winning) optimal auction from its original single-good case to the general multi-good case. In applied probability, Costis has developed rigorous methods for solving fundamental learning questions, including the reconstruction of phylogenies from genetic data. Costis’s seminal contributions have been recognized by many awards, including the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Game Theory and Computer Science Prize by the Game Theory Society, and the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize. In his teaching, Costis has been innovative at both the undergraduate and graduate level, introducing several courses studying the interface of computation, economics, probability, and learning.

Wojciech Matusik is a leading researcher in computer graphics. He has made seminal contributions in the areas of data-driven computer graphics, virtual humans, computational displays, and digital fabrication. In data-driven methods, he has been able to recreate complex visual effects by replacing analytic descriptions with models derived from measured physical characteristics. For virtual humans, he has developed state-of-the-art models for the appearance of faces, hair, and skin. His OpenFab and Spec2Fab systems have greatly lowered the barrier to entry for manufacturing a large class of objects and materials. Professor Matusik has received many awards, in particular, the Significant New Researcher Award that the ACM SIGGRAPH community annually confers to a pre-tenure researcher at the top of his/her field. He has been developing and teaching undergraduate courses in computer graphics, computer-aided design, and digital fabrication.

Michael Watts is a leader in the area of integrated photonics, and is especially known for his work on silicon photonics, a growing technology with major implications for communications, high-performance computing, optical sensing and displays, among other areas. Mike’s research encompasses microphotonic elements, silicon photonics process development, and large-scale integrated photonic systems and applications. He is widely known and highly regarded for his contributions to each of these areas, and especially for developing approaches that not only achieve benchmark results but also do so in manners that address practical requirements for future large-scale commercialization. His teaching has focused on photonics and electromagnetics as well as on the Lincoln Laboratory-led "coffee-can" summer radar courses.