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2007 ACM - Infosys Foundation Award

ACM Awards

ACM recognizes excellence through its eminent series of awards for outstanding technical and professional achievements and contributions in computer science and information technology.

The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences

The ACM - Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences recognizes personal contributions by young scientists and system developers to a contemporary innovation that, through its depth, fundamental impact and broad implications, exemplifies the greatest achievements in the discipline. The award carries a prize of $150,000. Financial support for the ACM - Infosys Foundation Award is provided by the Infosys Foundation endowment.

ACM will present the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 21, 2008, in San Francisco, CA.

2007 Recipient:

Daphne Koller


For her work on combining relational logic and probability that allows probabilistic reasoning to be applied to a wide range of applications, including robotics, economics, and biology.

Daphne Koller

daphneDr. Koller heads Stanford’s undergraduate research program in computer science (CS), which she initiated in 2002. It provides summer research internships to encourage students to get involved in CS research with faculty mentors early in their careers. To date, nearly three hundred students have benefited from this program. In 2003, Koller was awarded the Cox Medal for excellence in fostering undergraduate research at Stanford.

In 2004, Dr. Koller was named a MacArthur Fellow. In 2001, she received the Computer and Thought Award from the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCA), and in 1999, she was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Dr. Koller has served the computing community in a variety of professional roles, including Program Chair for the 2007 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), and the 2001 Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence. She was associate editor for the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and Machine Learning Journal. She is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in venues that span Science, Nature Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Machine Learning, and Games and Economic Behavior.

Dr. Koller received a B.Sc. in mathematics and a M.Sc. degree in computer science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. She earned a Ph.D. degree from Stanford and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the Stanford faculty in 1995.

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