Four CIS professors from Cornell's Ithaca and New York City campuses – including two Information Science professors – have been recognized with National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program awards, which are given annually to support junior faculty members' research projects and outreach efforts. All awards are for five years, and all projects have an outreach component, generally involving K-12 students and people from underrepresented communities.
CIS faculty receiving awards are:
Yoav Artzi, computer science at Cornell Tech, who will study how natural-language understanding can improve the quality and accessibility of autonomous systems, including those in self-driving cars, drones and robots surveying disaster areas.
Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, information science in Ithaca, for research on artificial conversational intuition.
Nicola Dell, information science at Cornell Tech, for studies aimed at developing a fundamental understanding of the privacy challenges faced by non-Western novice technology users, who may lack fundamental understanding of online risks where personal data is concerned.
Karthik Sridharan, computer science in Ithaca, to work on making socially responsible machine-learning a readily accessible technology that is applicable in large, multiuser interactive systems.