Announcement of the 2019 Fellowship Awardees and Highlights from the Google PhD Fellowship Summit

September 5, 2019

Posted by Susie Kim, Program Manager, University Relations

In 2009, Google created the PhD Fellowship Program to recognize and support outstanding graduate students who are doing exceptional research in Computer Science and related fields who seek to influence the future of technology. Now in its eleventh year, these Fellowships have helped support 450 graduate students globally in North America and Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and India.

Every year, recipients of the Fellowship are invited to a global summit at our Mountain View campus, where they can learn more about Google’s state-of-the-art research, and network with Google’s research community as well as other PhD Fellows from around the world. Below we share some highlights from our most recent summit, and also announce the latest class of Google PhD Fellows.

Summit Highlights
At this year’s summit event, active Google Fellowship recipients were joined by special guests, FLIP (Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate) Alliance Fellows. Research Director Peter Norvig opened the event with a keynote on the fundamental practice of machine learning, followed by a number of talks by prestigious researchers. Among the list of speakers were Research Scientist Peggy Chi, who spoke about crowdsourcing geographically diverse images for use in training data, Senior Google Fellow and SVP of Google Research and Health Jeff Dean, who discussed using deep learning to solve a variety of challenging research problems at Google, and Research Scientist Vinodkumar Prabhakaran, who presented the ethical implications of machine learning, especially around questions of fairness and accountability. See the complete list of insightful talks delivered by all speakers here.
Google and FLIP Alliance Fellows attending the 2019 PhD Fellowship Summit
Google Fellows had the opportunity to present their work in lightning talks to small groups with common research interests. In addition, Google and FLIP Alliance Fellows came together to share their work with Google researchers and each other during a poster session.
Poster session in full swing
2019 Google PhD Fellows
The Google PhD Fellows represent some of the best and brightest young computer science researchers from around the globe, and it is our ongoing goal to support them as they make their mark on the world. Congratulations to all of this year’s awardees! The complete list of recipients is:

Algorithms, Optimizations and Markets
Aidasadat Mousavifar, EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Peilin Zhong, Columbia University
Siddharth Bhandari, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Soheil Behnezhad, University of Maryland at College Park
Zhe Feng, Harvard University

Computational Neuroscience
Caroline Haimerl, New York University
Mai Gamal, German University in Cairo

Human Computer Interaction
Catalin Voss, Stanford University
Hua Hua, Australian National University
Zhanna Sarsenbayeva, University of Melbourne

Machine Learning
Abdulsalam Ometere Latifat, African University of Science and Technology Abuja
Adji Bousso Dieng, Columbia University
Anshul Mittal, IIT Delhi
Blake Woodworth, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
Diana Cai, Princeton University
Francesco Locatello, ETH Zurich
Ihsane Gryech, International University Of Rabat, Morocco
Jaemin Yoo, Seoul National University
Maruan Al-Shedivat, Carnegie Mellon University
Ousseynou Mbaye, Alioune Diop University of Bambey
Rendani Mbuvha, University of Johannesburg
Shibani Santurkar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Takashi Ishida, University of Tokyo

Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision
Chenxi Liu, Johns Hopkins University
Kayode Kolawole Olaleye, Stellenbosch University
Ruohan Gao, The University of Texas at Austin
Tiancheng Sun, University of California San Diego
Xuanyi Dong, University of Technology Sydney
Yu Liu, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Zhi Tian, University of Adelaide

Mobile Computing
Naoki Kimura, University of Tokyo

Natural Language Processing
Abigail See, Stanford University
Ananya Sai B, IIT Madras
Byeongchang Kim, Seoul National University
Daniel Patrick Fried, UC Berkeley
Hao Peng, University of Washington
Reinald Kim Amplayo, University of Edinburgh
Sungjoon Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Privacy and Security
Ajith Suresh, Indian Institute of Science
Itsaka Rakotonirina, Inria Nancy
Milad Nasr, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sarah Ann Scheffler, Boston University

Programming Technology and Software Engineering
Caroline Lemieux, UC Berkeley
Conrad Watt, University of Cambridge
Umang Mathur, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Quantum Computing
Amy Greene, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Leonard Wossnig, University College London
Yuan Su, University of Maryland at College Park

Structured Data and Database Management
Amir Gilad, Tel Aviv University
Nofar Carmeli, Technion
Zhuoyue Zhao, University of Utah

Systems and Networking
Chinmay Kulkarni, University of Utah
Nicolai Oswald, University of Edinburgh
Saksham Agarwal, Cornell University