Gehrke, Joachims honored for work in computer science

Thorsten Joachims
Johannes Gehrke

Johannes Gehrke, the Tisch University Professor of Computer Science, and Thorsten Joachims, professor of computer science and information science, have been named fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. The ACM Fellows program, initiated in 1993, celebrates leading members in the computing field.

Joachims also has been named a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). The Fellows Program honors a small percentage of the AAAI membership as having unusual distinction in the profession over several years.

ACM has recognized 47 of its members this year for their contributions to computing that driving innovation and sustain economic development around the world.

“Our world has been immeasurably improved by the impact of their innovations,” said ACM President Alexander L. Wolf. “We recognize their contributions to the dynamic computing technologies that are making a difference to the study of computer science, the community of computing professionals, and the universe of consumers and citizens who are benefiting from their creativity and commitment." ACM will recognize the 2014 Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet in June in San Francisco.

Gehrke is cited for his contributions to data mining and data stream query processing. His research deals with tremendously large datasets such as those used in e-commerce, and data privacy problems raised by these technologies.

Joachims is cited for his contributions to the theory and practice of machine learning and information retrieval. He focuses on algorithms that can learn from labeled examples and then identify and classify new data, with applications in data mining and robotics.