2013 Faculty Fellowship Winners Perspectives


July 16, 2013


Animashree Anandkuma and Monica Tentori


University of California, Irvine; Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE)


In these two short interviews, two of the winners of the 2013 Faculty Fellowship Award—Animashree Anandkuma and Monica Tantori—talk about their research and how being selected for the award will help them advance their work.

  • Animashree Anandkuma, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine. Animashree’s research lies at the interface of theory and practice of large-scale machine learning and high-dimensional statistics. Her theoretical contributions include analysis of high-dimensional estimation of graphical models and developing tensor methods for learning latent variable models. She has applied the developed algorithms to various problems in social networks and computational biology.
  • At 5:30, learn about the research of Monica Tentori assistant professor, Department of Computer Science Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE). Monica investigates the human experience of ubiquitous computing to inform the design of ubiquitous environments that effectively enhance humans’ interactions with their world. Her research intersecting human-computer interaction and ubiquitous computing particularly focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating natural user interfaces, self-reflection capture tools, and new interaction models for ubiquitous computing. Her work is being applied to healthcare and urban living to support the needs of urban citizens, hospital workers, elders, and individuals with autism and their caregivers. Tentori’s research demonstrates that effectively designed ubiquitous environments have the potential to promote healthy lifestyles and independence, and positively impact attention

Field correspondent Josephine Cheng conducted these interviews during the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2013.