ISI Postdoctoral Scholar Chosen for Prestigious Program

May 12, 2017

Yonatan Bisk, a postdoctoral scholar and research associate in ISI's intelligent systems division, has been named to a novel program being offered by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The ACM's Future of Computing Academy (FCA) aims to foster interdisciplinary, next-generation computer scientists to tackle challenges in computing and society at large.

Now working with Daniel Marcu, Bisk is interested in training computers to understand human language through naturalistic sources of supervision, such as uncovering linguistic structure from raw text and learning via grounded interactions. He earned his PhD in computer science at the University of Illinois and his BS in computer science at the University of Texas. Bisk will be one of 46 inaugural FCA members.

"It's wonderful to see Yonatan being given this opportunity," says Yigal Arens, ISI's deputy director, intelligent systems division director, and a research professor in the USC Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. "I trust that his time with ISI has contributed to his promising future."

According to the ACM, FCA members will be able to network "with other accomplished individuals from diverse areas of computing towards the common goal of shaping the future of the computing community and society."

The ACM also stresses that the Academy is a commitment, rather than an honor, and that members "have the privilege and responsibility to become the voice of the future of the computing field at large and of ACM specifically." The inaugural FCM meeting will be held in June, 2017 in San Francisco.