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Alexander Ihler receives NSF CAREER Award

Alexander Ihler, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project, “Estimation and Decisions in Graphical Models.” Ihler will receive $442,000 over five years for his CAREER project, which seeks to develop a new framework for exact and approximate methods for advanced computational reasoning problems. It extends the abilities of intelligent systems to reasoning and decision-making under uncertainty, and it applies and tests these methods on a variety of application domains, including sensor networks and computer vision.

The CAREER program is the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty members. Awardees are chosen because they exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Ihler joined the UC Irvine faculty in 2007. His research focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning, specifically on statistical methods for learning from data and on approximate inference techniques for graphical models. Applications of his work include data mining and information fusion in sensor networks, computer vision and image processing, and computational biology.