Ariel Procaccia, assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, is one of 126 early-career scientists and scholars from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who are recipients of 2015 Sloan Research Fellowships.
Boris Bukh, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, and Raphael Flauger, assistant professor of physics, are also among this year's fellows, each of whom receives $50,000 to further their research.
"Over the years, the Sloan Research Fellowships have become some of the most sought-after fellowships available to early-career scholars," says Daniel L. Goroff, vice president at the Sloan Foundation and director of the Sloan Research Fellowship program. "Becoming a Sloan Research Fellow means joining a long and distinguished tradition of scientific explorers who have gone on to make the most meaningful and significant discoveries."
Procaccia's studies in artificial intelligence focus on the use of social choice and game theory for resource allocation and collective decision-making. Last year, he launched a website, Spliddit.org, which leverages 70 years of fair division research to provide people with provably fair methods to resolve everyday dilemmas such as how to split rent, divide goods or apportion credit for a project.
Procaccia has received an NSF CAREER Award (2014), the inaugural Yahoo! Academic Career Enhancement Award (2011), the Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award (2009) and the Rothschild postdoctoral fellowship (2009). In 2013, IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine named him one of "AI's 10 to Watch."