Drago Radev Appointed ACM Fellow

School of Information professor Dragomir Radev has been named a 2015 fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. The award was announced by the association on December 8.

The ACM Fellows program, initiated in 1993, celebrates the exceptional contributions of the leading members in the computing field.  The fellows are drawn from the world’s leading universities, corporations, and research labs. According to ACM president Alexander L. Wolf, “Whether they work in leading universities, corporations, or research laboratories, these newly minted ACM Fellows are responsible for the breakthroughs and industrial innovations that are transforming society at every level.”

Professor Radev was honored for his contributions to natural language processing and computational linguistics. He is an international leader in computational linguistics and has contributed significantly to machine-based methods to extract content from text, including data mining, Web graph and network analysis, and bioinformatics.

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.

In 2013, he was a recipient of the University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award, the first UMSI faculty member to receive this honor.
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.

ACM will formally recognize the 2015 Fellows at its annual award banquet in June 2016 in San Francisco.

Posted December 8, 2015