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Jimmy Ragan and Benjamin Rivière Receive 2023 AIAA Best Student Paper Award


Jimmy Ragan and Benjamin Rivière, GALCIT graduate students working with Soon-Jo Chung, Bren Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist, have received a Best Paper Award in the field of Guidance, Navigation, and Control at the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum. Ragan and Rivière are co-first authors of the paper titled "Bayesian Active Sensing for Fault Estimation with Belief Space Tree Search." 

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Eric Mazumdar Receives NSF CAREER Award


Eric Mazumdar, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Economics, has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Mazumdar receives the award for his proposal titled "Learning for Strategic Interactions in Societal-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems." 

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Anima Anandkumar Named an ACM Fellow


Anima Anandkumar, Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for "contributions to tensor methods for probabilistic models and neural operators." The ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1% of ACM Members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Fellows are nominated by their peers, with nominations reviewed by a distinguished selection committee. 

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Professor Thomas Hou Receives Ralph E. Kleinman Prize


Thomas Hou, Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, receives the 2023 Ralph E. Kleinman Prize for “highly original and pioneering research contributions positioned at the meeting point between analytical and computational approaches to partial differential equations with multiscale or singular behavior.” The prize is awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) every two years to one individual for "outstanding research or other contributions that bridge the gap between mathematics and applications." The prize will be awarded at the 10th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM23) at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan in August 2023. 


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Caltech and Activision Publishing Team Up to Combat Bad Behavior Online


Increasingly, the online world is moving toward automated moderation tools that can identify abusive words and behavior without the need for human intervention. Now, two researchers from Caltech, one an expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and the other a political scientist, are teaming up with Activision on a two-year research project that aims to create an AI that can detect abusive online behavior and help the company's support and moderation teams to combat it. [Caltech story]

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Coughran Leadership Chair Amplifies Research and Teaching in Computing and Mathematical Sciences


Chris Umans, professor of computer science and inaugural holder of the Coughran Leadership Chair, says the Coughrans' gift has made a difference already. In addition to bolstering research, funds have provided start-up support for new faculty and partial funding for two postdoctoral scholars. Funds also have helped cover expenses associated with hosting conferences and seminars. [Caltech story]

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Laura Lewis Receives 2023 Marshall Scholarship


Laura Lewis, a fourth-year CMS undergraduate, is one of forty winners of the 2023 Marshall Scholarship, which is awarded by the British Government. The recipients, considered among the most accomplished undergraduate university students and recent graduates in the United States, were chosen following an intense selection process. The 2023 class will begin graduate studies at universities across the United Kingdom next year, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the scholarship. [Caltech story]

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Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using a Quantum Computer


Scientists have, for the first time, developed a quantum experiment that allows them to study the dynamics, or behavior, of a special kind of theoretical wormhole. The research is a step toward studying quantum gravity in the lab. [Caltech story]

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Pushing the Boundaries of Fluid Equations


Thomas Hou, Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Jiajie Chen (PhD '22) of New York University's Courant Institute, provide a proof that resolves a longstanding open problem for the so-called 3D Euler singularity. Hou and colleagues' combined effort in proving the existence of blowup with the 3D Euler equation is a major breakthrough in its own right, but also represents a huge leap forward in tackling the Navier-Stokes Millennium Problem. If the Navier–Stokes equations could also blow up, it would mean something is awry with one of the most fundamental equations used to describe nature. [Caltech story]

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Watch Now: Caltech Undergraduates Present Final Concept for NASA BIG Idea Challenge


Caltech’s BIG Idea Challenge Team is presenting its final concept at the NASA Big Idea Challenge Forum at 11:25 PDT on November 15, 2022. [Tune in!]

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