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Highlights from the Annual Google PhD Fellowship Summit, and Announcing the 2017 Google PhD Fellows



In 2009, Google created the PhD Fellowship Program to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in Computer Science and related disciplines. Now in its ninth year, our Fellowships have helped support over 300 graduate students in Australia, China and East Asia, India, North America, Europe and the Middle East who seek to shape and influence the future of technology.

Recently, Google PhD Fellows from around the globe converged on our Mountain View campus for the second annual Global PhD Fellowship Summit. VP of Education and University Programs Maggie Johnson welcomed the Fellows and went over Google's approach to research and its impact across our products and services. The students heard talks from researchers like Ed Chi, Douglas Eck, Úlfar Erlingsson, Dina Papagiannaki, Viren Jain, Ian Goodfellow, Kevin Murphy and Galen Andrew, and got a glimpse into some of the state-of-the-art research pursued across Google.
Google Fellows attending the 2017 Global PhD Fellowship Summit
The event included a panel discussion with Domagoj Babic, Kathryn McKinley, Nina Taft, Roy Want and Sunny Colsalvo about their unique career paths in academia and industry. Fellows also had the chance to connect one-on-one with Googlers to discuss their research, as well as receive feedback from leaders in their fields in smaller deep dives and a poster event.
Fellows share their work with Google researchers during the poster session
Our PhD Fellows represent some the best and brightest young researchers around the globe in Computer Science and it is our ongoing goal to support them as they make their mark on the world.

We’d additionally like to announce the complete list of our 2017 Google PhD Fellows, including the latest recipients from China and East Asia, India, and Australia. We look forward to seeing each of them at next year’s summit!

2017 Google PhD Fellows

Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
Chiu Wai Sam Wong, University of California, Berkeley
Eric Balkanski, Harvard University
Haifeng Xu, University of Southern California

Human-Computer Interaction
Motahhare Eslami, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Sarah D'Angelo, Northwestern University
Sarah Mcroberts, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Sarah Webber, The University of Melbourne

Machine Learning
Aude Genevay, Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris
Dustin Tran, Columbia University
Jamie Hayes, University College London
Jin-Hwa Kim, Seoul National University
Ling Luo, The University of Sydney
Martin Arjovsky, New York University
Sayak Ray Chowdhury, Indian Institute of Science
Song Zuo, Tsinghua University
Taco Cohen, University of Amsterdam
Yuhuai Wu, University of Toronto
Yunhe Wang, Peking University
Yunye Gong, Cornell University

Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
Avijit Dasgupta, International Institute of Information Technology - Hyderabad
Franziska Müller, Saarland University - Saarbrücken GSCS and Max Planck Institute for Informatics
George Trigeorgis, Imperial College London
Iro Armeni, Stanford University
Saining Xie, University of California, San Diego
Yu-Chuan Su, University of Texas, Austin

Mobile Computing
Sangeun Oh, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Shuo Yang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Natural Language Processing
Bidisha Samanta, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Ekaterina Vylomova, The University of Melbourne
Jianpeng Cheng, The University of Edinburgh
Kevin Clark, Stanford University
Meng Zhang, Tsinghua University
Preksha Nama, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Tim Rocktaschel, University College London

Privacy and Security
Romain Gay, ENS - École Normale Supérieure
Xi He, Duke University
Yupeng Zhang, University of Maryland, College Park

Programming Languages, Algorithms and Software Engineering
Christoffer Quist Adamsen, Aarhus University
Muhammad Ali Gulzar, University of California, Los Angeles
Oded Padon, Tel-Aviv University

Structured Data and Database Management
Amir Shaikhha, EPFL CS
Jingbo Shang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Systems and Networking
Ahmed M. Said Mohamed Tawfik Issa, Georgia Institute of Technology
Khanh Nguyen, University of California, Irvine
Radhika Mittal, University of California, Berkeley
Ryan Beckett, Princeton University
Samaneh Movassaghi, Australian National University

Announcing the First Annual Global PhD Fellowship Summit and the 2016 Google PhD Fellows



In 2009, Google created the PhD Fellowship Program to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in Computer Science and related disciplines. Now in its eighth year, our Fellowships have helped support over 250 graduate students in Australia, China and East Asia, India, North America, Europe and the Middle East who seek to shape and influence the future of technology.

Recently, Google PhD Fellows from around the globe converged on our Mountain View campus for the first annual Global PhD Fellowship Summit. The students heard talks from researchers like Jeff Dean, Françoise Beaufays, Peter Norvig, Maya Gupta and Amin Vahdat, and got a glimpse into some of the state-of-the-art research pursued across Google.
Senior Google Fellow Jeff Dean shares how TensorFlow is used at Google
Fellows also had the chance to connect one-on-one with Googlers to discuss their research, as well as receive feedback from leaders in their fields. The event wrapped up with a panel discussion with Dan Russell, Kristen LeFevre, Douglas Eck and Françoise Beaufays about their unique career paths. Maggie Johnson concluded the Summit by sharing about the different types of research environments across academia and industry.
(Left) PhD Fellows share their work with Google researchers during the poster session
(Right) Research panelists share their journeys through academia and industry
Our PhD Fellows represent some the best and brightest young researchers around the globe in Computer Science and it is our ongoing goal to support them as they make their mark on the world.

We’d also like to welcome the newest class of Google PhD Fellows recently awarded in China and East Asia, India, and Australia. We look forward to seeing each of them at next year’s summit!

2016 Global PhD Fellows

Computational Neuroscience
Cameron (Po-Hsuan) Chen, Princeton University
Grace Lindsay, Columbia University
Martino Sorbaro Sindaci, The University of Edinburgh

Human-Computer Interaction
Dana McKay, University of Melbourne
Koki Nagano, University of Southern California
Arvind Satyanarayan, Stanford University
Amy Xian Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Machine Learning
Olivier Bachem, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Tianqi Chen, University of Washington
Emily Denton, New York University
Kwan Hui Lim, University of Melbourne
Yves-Laurent Kom Samo, University of Oxford
Woosang Lim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Anirban Santara, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Daniel Jaymin Mankowitz, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Lucas Maystre, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Arvind Neelakantan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ludwig Schmidt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Quanming Yao, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Shandian Zhe, Purdue University, West Lafayette

Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
Eugen Beck, RWTH Aachen University
Yu-Wei Chao, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Wei Liu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Aron Monszpart, University College London
Thomas Schoeps, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Tian Tan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Chia-Yin Tsai, Carnegie Mellon University
Weitao Xu, University of Queensland

Market Algorithms
Hossein Esfandiari, University of Maryland, College Park
Sandy Heydrich, Saarland University - Saarbrucken GSCS
Rad Niazadeh, Cornell University
Sadra Yazdanbod, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mobile Computing
Lei Kang, University of Wisconsin
Tauhidur Rahman, Cornell University
Chungkuk Yoo, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Yuhao Zhu, University of Texas, Austin

Natural Language Processing
Tamer Alkhouli, RWTH Aachen University
Jose Camacho Collados, Sapienza - Università di Roma

Privacy and Security
Chitra Javali, University of New South Wales
Kartik Nayak, University of Maryland, College Park
Nicolas Papernot, Pennsylvania State University
Damian Vizar, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Xi Wu, University of Wisconsin

Programming Languages, Algorithms and Software Engineering
Marcelo Sousa, University of Oxford
Arpita Biswas, Indian Institute of Science

Structured Data and Database Management
Xiang Ren, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Systems and Networking
Ying Chen, Tsinghua University
Andrew Crotty, Brown University
Aniruddha Singh Kushwaha, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Ilias Marinos, University of Cambridge
Kay Ousterhout, University of California, Berkeley
Hong Zhang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology