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Friday, September 21, 2012

Vladimir N. Vapnik

Vladimir Naumovich Vapnik (RussianВладимир Наумович Вапник) is one of the main developers of Vapnik–Chervonenkis theory. He was born in the Soviet Union. He received his master's degree in mathematics at theUzbek State UniversitySamarkandUzbek SSR in 1958 and Ph.D in statistics at the Institute of Control Sciences,Moscow in 1964. He worked at this institute from 1961 to 1990 and became Head of the Computer Science Research Department. At the end of 1990, he moved to the USA and joined the Adaptive Systems Research Department at AT&T Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey. The group later became the Image Processing Research Department of AT&T Laboratories when AT&T spun off Lucent Technologies in 1996. Vapnik Left AT&T in 2002 and joined NEC Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, where he currently works in the Machine Learning group. He also holds a Professor of Computer Science and Statistics position at Royal Holloway, University of Londonsince 1995, as well as a position as Professor of Computer Science at Columbia UniversityNew York City since 2003. He was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He received the 2005 Gabor Award[1], the 2008 Paris Kanellakis Award, the 2010 Neural Networks Pioneer Award[2], the 2012 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award, and the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.

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