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Ben Taskar joins UW CSE, consolidating UW’s position in the top tier of machine learning

Ben Taskar, currently the Magerman Term Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at University of Pennsylvania, will be joining the UW CSE faculty in early 2013.

Ben is an outstanding researcher in machine learning, particularly in its applications to natural language processing and computer vision.   He received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Stanford and is the recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, an ONR Young Investigator Award, and an NSF CAREER Award.

The addition of Ben, along with Carlos Guestrin and Emily Fox (Emily is appointed in Statistics and adjunct in CSE), will move us into the very top group of programs nationally in AI and machine learning.  The addition of Jeff Heer adds complementary expertise in data visualization.

We are incredibly excited to welcome Ben – and also Carlos, Emily, and Jeff – to the CSE and UW communities!