Drago Radev receives U-M faculty award

UMSI Professor Dragomir Radev has been named a recipient of the University of Michigan's prestigious Faculty Recognition Award. These awards have been made annually since 1960 and Radev is the first UMSI faculty member to receive this honor.

The awards recognize those who have demonstrated substantive contributions to the University through significant achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, advisor, and mentor and distinguished participation in service activities at the university and elsewhere.

Among his many accomplishments, Drago Radev was cited for being an international leader in computational linguistics, and contributing significantly to machine-based methods to extract content from text, including data mining, Web graph and network analysis, and bioinformatics. Using natural language processing, information retrieval, and machine learning, he makes sense of the exploding volume of digital content.

Professor Radev was the first to develop ways to generate informative summaries from multiple online sources, addressing for the first time this important problem. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2000, he worked at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. At IBM, he co-authored two patents, one of which was for a forerunner to the Watson Q&A Engine.

Professor Radev is one of the co-founders of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, which began in 2006. This event for high school and middle school student teams from the U.S. and Canada introduces the field of computational linguistics through competitions to solve linguistic puzzles using analytic reasoning. Each year, he has coached and travelled with the U.S. national teams who participate in the International Linguistics Olympiad and has returned with several gold medals. In 2011, Radev and his fellow coaches received the Linguistics, Language and the Public Award from the Linguistic Society of America.

In addition to his UMSI professorship, Radev is also a professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering and a professor of linguistics in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Other recipients of this year’s Faculty Recognition honors are Anna Grzymala-Busse, political science; Dennis Sylvester, electrical engineering and computer science; Angela Violi, mechanical engineering; and Nils Walter, chemistry.

The award recipients will be recognized on Thursday, October 10 at a private reception and dinner in their honor, hosted by the university's president and provost.

Read the story in the university Record Online.

posted on monday, october 7, 2013