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February 23, 2017

UW CSE announces the Guestrin Endowed Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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Carlos Guestrin in the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the UW.Dennis Wise/ University of Washington

University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering announced today the establishment of the Guestrin Endowed Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This $1 million endowment will further enhance UW CSE’s ability to recruit and retain the world’s most outstanding faculty members in these burgeoning areas.

The professorship is named for Carlos Guestrin, a leading expert in the machine learning field, who joined the UW CSE faculty in 2012 as the Amazon Professor of Machine Learning. Guestrin works on the machine learning team at Apple and joined Apple when it acquired the company he founded, Seattle-based Turi, Inc. Guestrin is widely recognized for creating the high-performance, highly-scalable machine learning technology first embodied in his open-source project GraphLab.

At Apple, Guestrin is helping establish a new Seattle hub for artificial intelligence and machine learning research and development, as well as strengthening ties between Apple and UW researchers.

“Apple incorporates machine learning across our products and services, and education has been a part of Apple’s DNA from the very beginning.” said Johny Srouji, senior vice president of Hardware Technologies at Apple.

“Seattle and UW are near and dear to my heart, and it was incredibly important to me and our team that we continue supporting this world-class institution and the amazing talent coming out of the CSE program,” said Guestrin. “We look forward to strong collaboration between Apple, CSE and the broader AI and machine learning community for many years to come.”

For more information, contact Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at lazowska@cs.washington.edu or Guestrin at guestrin@cs.washington.edu.

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