The Department extends its congratulations to Kamesh Munagala, recently honored with the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award. The award is given "in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations," according to the NSF. Other recent NSF CAREER award recipients in the Department include Landon Cox, Shivnath Babu, and Ronald Parr.
Announced in July, the grant will provide Munagala with $400,000 of NSF funding over five years to continue his work in stochastic control theory. "It's quite an honor," says Munagala, who will utilize the funds to support graduate students in his lab and for travel expenses. The project funded by the award will tackle problems of uncertainty and incomplete information in computing and communication systems. In particular, Munagala will explore the design and analysis of algorithms that manage the trade-off between exploration and exploitation of information in uncertain environments. In collaboration with Professor Vince Conitzer, Munagala is also examining such topics in an economic context.
Now in his fifth year in the Department, Munagala came to Duke after completing a PhD and post-doc at Stanford University. In 2004, he created and taught a new graduate class on Approximation Algorithms.