April 29, 2015

Kleinberg to receive Allen Newell Award

Jon Kleinberg
Kleinberg

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the oldest and most respected organization in computer science, has named Jon Kleinberg, the Tisch University Professor of Computer Science and interim dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science, as the recipient of the 2014 ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award.

The award is presented to an individual selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines.

"It's a tremendous honor to join the previous recipients of this award, a group of people whose work I admire very much. It's an exciting time to be part of a field that connects with so many compelling issues across the sciences and society more broadly," said Kleinberg.

Kleinberg was selected for his groundbreaking work on social and information networks, information retrieval and data science, and for bringing together computing, economics and the social sciences. Much of his recent work has focused on using the power of computer analysis to conduct social science research in the online world.

He contributed to the development of link analysis, a technique that ranks both the number and importance of pages linked to a Web page, which contributed to the methods used by Google to rank returns from a search.

The award is accompanied by a prize of $10,000, provided by ACM and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and by individual contributions. ACM will present these and other awards June 20 in San Francisco.

A MacArthur Fellow, Kleinberg also is the recipient of the 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award.