Martin Wainwright named director of the Institute for Data, Systems,

Martin Wainwright, the Cecil H. Inexperienced Professor in MIT’s departments of Electrical Engineering and Laptop Science (EECS) and Arithmetic, has been named the brand new director of the Institute for Information, Programs, and Society (IDSS), efficient July 1.

“Martin is a widely known chief in statistics and machine studying — each in analysis and in training. In taking over this management function within the faculty, Martin will work to construct up the human and institutional conduct element of IDSS, whereas strengthening initiatives in each coverage and statistics, and collaborations inside the institute, throughout MIT, and past,” says Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of the MIT Schwarzman Faculty of Computing and the Henry Ellis Warren Professor of Electrical Engineering and Laptop Science. “I look ahead to working with him and supporting his efforts on this subsequent chapter for IDSS.”

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“Martin holds a powerful perception within the worth of theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to analysis and in facilitating connections between them. He additionally locations a lot significance in having sensible, in addition to educational, impression,” says Asu Ozdaglar, deputy dean of lecturers for the MIT Schwarzman Faculty of Computing, division head of EECS, and the MathWorks Professor of Electrical Engineering and Laptop Science. “As the brand new director of IDSS, he’ll undoubtedly convey these tenets to the function in advancing the mission of IDSS and serving to to form its future.”

A principal investigator within the Laboratory for Data and Determination Programs and the Statistics and Information Science Heart, Wainwright joined the MIT school in July 2022 from the College of California at Berkeley, the place he held the Howard Friesen Chair with a joint appointment between the departments of Electrical Engineering and Laptop Science and Statistics.

Wainwright acquired his bachelor’s diploma in arithmetic from the College of Waterloo, Canada, and doctoral diploma in electrical engineering and pc science from MIT. He has acquired quite a lot of awards and recognition, together with an Alfred P. Sloan Basis Fellowship, and greatest paper awards from the IEEE Sign Processing Society, IEEE Communications Society, and IEEE Data Idea and Communication Societies. He has additionally been honored with the Medallion Lectureship and Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the COPSS Presidents’ Award from the Joint Statistical Societies. He was a piece lecturer with the Worldwide Congress of Mathematicians in 2014 and acquired the Blackwell Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2017.

He’s the writer of “Excessive-dimensional Statistics: A Non-Asymptotic Viewpoint” (Cambridge College Press, 2019), and is coauthor on a number of books, together with on graphical fashions and on sparse statistical modeling.

Wainwright succeeds Munther Dahleh, the William A. Coolidge Professor in EECS, who has helmed IDSS since its founding in 2015.

“I’m grateful to Munther and thank him for his management of IDSS. Because the founding director, he has led the creation of a exceptional new a part of MIT,” says Huttenlocher.


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