Award-Winning DTI Researchers 2022

December 13, 2022

The Digital Transformation Institute works with top researchers from the world’s leading research universities to advance the Science of Digital Transformation. In 2022, many DTI Principal Investigators were recognized for their contributions in fields from engineering and computer science to environmental science and public health, among others. Here is a sampling of recognition conferred on DTI researchers this year.

Three DTI PIs were named to the 2022 global list of Highly Cited Researchers announced last month. Highly Cited Researchers have demonstrated “significant and broad influence reflected in their publication of multiple highly cited papers over the last decade,” according to the announcement, with papers ranking in the top one percent by citations in their field in a publication year. Gerbrand Ceder of the University of California, Berkeley, was named in the field of Materials Science and Kaiyu Guan of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for cross-field research. H. Vincent Poor of Princeton University was cited twice, in the fields of computer science and engineering.

Three DTI researchers were recognized with Test-of Time awards for the highest-impact papers over 10 years. Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences professors Dawn Song and David Wagner of the University of California, Berkeley, were awarded for their 2011 paper, “Android Permissions Demystified,” at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in November. That same month, at IEEE ICDM 2022, Co-PI Hanghang Tong of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received the test-of-time award as co-author of the paper, “BIG-ALIGN: Fast Bipartite Graph Alignment.”

Two DTI PIs were elevated to the 2022 class of IEEE Fellows, a distinction of outstanding achievement reserved for less than one-tenth of one percent of the organization’s voting members worldwide: Henrik Sandberg of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and Javad Lavaei of the University of California, Berkeley, who also received the 2022 Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize from the Control Systems Society.

The Association of American Publishers recognized School of Public Health Dean Emeritus Stefano M. Bertozzi of the University of California, Berkeley, with a 2022 PROSE Award for Innovations in Journal Publishing as editor-in-chief of “Rapid Reviews: COVID-19,” an open-access overlay journal from MIT Press designed to “accelerate peer review of Covid-19-related research and prevent the dissemination of false or misleading scientific news.”

Researcher Qianwen Xu of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (pictured at front) received the Nordic Energy Award 2022 for developing a renewable energy hydrogen-based microgrid hardware and software solution for sustainable Arctic communities, at the Nordic Energy Research Conference in Nuuk, Greenland in October.

Co-PI Michael I. Jordan of the University of California, Berkeley (the “Michael Jordan of Computer Science”), was awarded the inaugural World Laureates Association Prize in November for “fundamental contributions to the foundations of machine learning and its application.” Jordan was also recognized with a NeurIPS 2022 Outstanding Paper Award for “On-Demand Sampling: Learning Optimally from Multiple Distributions,” along with Co-PI Nika Haghtalab.

PI Saurabh Amin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with graduate student Aron Brenner and former student Manxi Wu (now on the faculty at Cornell University), won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems 2022 in October.

Guilia Fanti of Carnegie Mellon University was awarded CMU’s George Tallman Ladd Research Award in 2022, for junior engineering faculty in recognition of outstanding research and professional accomplishments and potential.

For additional awards and recognition for DTI researchers this year, see Researchers Receive Honors and Awards, from August 2022.

The Digital Transformation Institute is a research consortium jointly hosted by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that is dedicated to accelerating the benefits of artificial intelligence for business, government, and society. The Institute engages the world’s leading scientists to conduct research and train practitioners in the Science of Digital Transformation, which operates at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, internet of things, big data analytics, organizational behavior, public policy, and ethics.