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Workday Awards Technology Grants to CIS Faculty Researchers


Workday has awarded four academic research grants to Cornell CIS faculty members in fields related to natural language processing, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The 2018 recipients of the Workday Gift for Computer Science are:

  • Yoav Artzi: Mapping Sequential Instructions to Actions for Natural Language Interfaces
  • Claire Cardie: Text Summarization for Enterprise-level Document Collections
  • Thorsten Joachims: Fairness in Learning to Rank
  • Vitaly Shmatikov: Protecting Integrity and Privacy of Machine Learning

Each of the winners will receive a grant of $75,000 to fund their research. The projects selected from a pool of applicants were those most applicable to Workday's business, had promise to apply proposed techniques to real use cases, and had a high likelihood that their research will lead to a positive outcome over the next year.

"Workday's collaboration with Cornell is further proof that we want to nurture and grow the best thinking and execution on the nascent technologies that promise to transform business and society at large. We believe it's imperative to look beyond our walls, where innovation takes place throughout the collective technology universe," said Jon Ruggiero at Workday.

Cornell Computing & Information Science Dean Morrisett adds, "Workday has already been such a wonderful supporter of CIS, but we are excited that they have now moved to the next level and are helping to support our faculty and graduate students doing research on a number of projects with exciting potential for Workday's business."

Workday will begin engaging with the grant recipients this summer, and researchers are encouraged to publish the results of their projects.