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July 18, 2019
MILWAUKEE — Dr. Shion Guha, assistant professor of computer science at Marquette University, has been named a recipient of the Helen Way Klingler Young Scholar Award.
Guha wants to make Milwaukee and Wisconsin, and hopefully the world, a better place. And he has just the algorithms to do so. He firmly believes the time is nigh for computer scientists to harness the power of big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning for the public good, instead of developing yet another algorithm for pushing advertisements to our mobile devices.
Guha hopes to help various organizations manage social and public policy issues that affect vulnerable and marginalized populations more effectively and efficiently using algorithms to tackle foster care improvements, trust in crime analysis and water resource policy making.
Specifically, the unique approach that Guha takes in this work is to incorporate transient, undefined and often chaotic human values, decisions, insights and ethics within quantitative models.
This type of research area is interdisciplinary and collaborative, working with colleagues from campus and other universities with the goal of improving the development of Milwaukee and Wisconsin and yet generalizable to many similar settings across the country.
The Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers with awards up to $32,000. The awards are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.
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