Google Research Award goes to Vagelis Hristidis

Vagelis Hristidis, assistant professor in FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS), has won a Google Research Award in the amount of $70,000, the first award of its kind earned by SCIS faculty.

Hristidis, who will share the award with his collaborator, Panagiotis Ipeirotis at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, will focus his research on creating theory and technologies that facilitate the effortless exchange of information within an application domain. For example, after a hurricane disaster, government agencies, news media and businesses submit progress and status reports in the form of text documents. It’s difficult to accurately search such documents due to the complexity of the natural language. Hristidis’ work will allow automatically annotating exchanged documents using dynamic and standardized terminology, which will make it easier to accurately search such data.

The Google Research Awards program aims to identify and support world-class, full-time faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest. The purpose of this program is to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia and also nurture stronger relations and partnerships with universities.

“It is a great achievement for FIU to receive this Google Research Award, which has been traditionally awarded only to the top academic institutions in the world,” Hristidis said.

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