Cornell University Graduate Receives ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

June 2 2022

Manish Raghavan is the recipient of the 2021 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation "The Societal Impacts of Algorithmic Decision-Making." Raghavan’s dissertation makes significant contributions to the understanding of algorithmic decision making and its societal implications, including foundational results on issues of algorithmic bias and fairness. Algorithmic fairness is an area within AI that has generated a great deal of public and media interest. Despite being at a very early stage of his career, Raghavan has been one of the leading figures shaping the direction and focus of this line of research.

Honorable Mentions go to Dimitris Tsipras of Stanford University, Pratul Srinivasan of Google Research, and Benjamin Mildenhall of Google Research. Tsipras' dissertation “Learning Through the Lens of Robustness,” was recognized for foundational contributions to the study of adversarially robust machine learning (ML) and building effective tools for training reliable machine learning models. Srinivasan's dissertation "Scene Representations for View Synthesis with Deep Learning" and Mildenhall's dissertation “Neural Scene Representations for View Synthesis” addressed a long-standing open problem in computer vision and computer graphics.

The 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Award recipients will be formally recognized at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 11 in San Francisco. The Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of $20,000, and the Honorable Mention Award is accompanied by a prize totaling $10,000.

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