Researchers Receive Honors and Awards

August 20, 2022

Several DTI researchers have recently been recognized with high honors for outstanding work in advancing AI and digital transformation.

Gerbrand Ceder, a senior faculty scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, also Daniel M. Tellep Distinguished Professor in Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley, was among 260 new members named to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences this spring. See more from Berkeley Lab news.

Ceder’s 2020 DTI project used natural language processing (NLP) to create a website to search COVID-19-related research papers for rapid dissemination. DTI 2022 cybersecurity researcher Bo Li, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received the 2022 Computers and Thought Award from the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence “for her contributions to uncovering the underlying connections among robustness, privacy, and generalization in AI, showing how different models are vulnerable to malicious attacks, and how to eliminate these vulnerabilities using mathematical tools that provide robustness guarantees for learning models and privacy protection.” See more from UIUC CS news.

Kaiyu Guan, associate professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and founder of HabiTerre, a startup using AI to optimize cropland performance, received the 2022 Computing & Data “Innovator of the Year” award from the Illinois Innovation Network. The award was bestowed at the Illinois State Fair on August 17.

Guan leads a 2021 DTI energy and climate security project designed to “build the foundation for the agricultural carbon market and thus contribute to climate change mitigation.”