UNC computer scientist receives Microsoft faculty fellowship

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 in Science and Technology

Svetlana Lazebnik, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Award.

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Svetlana Lazebnik, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship Award.

The awards, granted by Microsoft Research, recognize and support early-career professors engaged in innovative computing research. Five recipients are selected each year from a pool of about 100 nominees. Each fellow receives an unrestricted cash gift of $200,000.

Lazebnik, who joined the computer science department in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences in July 2007, is exploring new ways for computers to interpret digital images. She is designing methods to search large digital image collections based on what can be seen in the picture, rather than what is described in textual tags.

“We are very proud of her cutting-edge research in computer vision and applaud this recognition of the impact she has had so early in her career,” said Anselmo Lastra, Ph.D., chair of the computer science department.

Lazebnik said the fellowship allows her to test even more possibilities. “This fellowship will enable me to explore a lot more and do things that are maybe more speculative or long-term in my area of research.”

She is the second UNC faculty member to receive the award. Wei Wang, associate professor of computer science, received the fellowship in 2005, its inaugural year.

Media note: Lazebnik can be reached at (919) 962-1942 or lazebnik@cs.unc.edu.

Computer science department contact: Kelli Gaskill, (919) 962-1790, gaskill@cs.unc.edu
News Services contact: Patric Lane, (919) 962-8596, patric_lane@unc.edu