Bhavana Dalvi Mishra
Bhavana Dalvi Mishra has devoted herself to research that she believes will allow for more powerful use of the Internet. Google clearly agrees — awarding the Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. student a Google U.S./Canada Fellowship, providing funding toward her degree in CMU's Language Technologies Institute.
Mishra received her fellowship — one of 15 awarded in the U.S. and Canada — in information extraction. The awards are made to "recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas" which include such unique fields as cloud computing, image interpretation, natural language processing and market algorithms.
Each Fellow receives a cash award to cover two years' tuition and research, a Google mentor and the opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship, among other things. Mishra is the fifth in an accomplished line, as a CMU doctoral student has been awarded a Google U.S./Canada fellowship each year since the program was established in 2009.
The past recipients were:
- 2012: Chris Harrison, in Human Computer Interaction
- 2011: Abraham Othman, in Market Algorithms
- 2010: Moira Burke, in Human Computer Interaction
- 2009: Han Liu, in Statistics
Mishra came to CMU from her native India to pursue machine learning, feeling "fortunate to be accepted into a university so well known for this area of research."
At CMU, her work has involved new methods of extracting information from online text. For example, she developed algorithms that can locate tables in online datasets, and using additional text, identify categories and examples within them.
"This work, however, would not have been possible without the continuous guidance and support of my advisors, Professor William Cohen and Professor Jamie Callan," Mishra noted in gratitude to her mentors. "In the past four years, I have learned so much from them, from my colleagues, and from the CMU community."
"My goal in joining the Ph.D. program was to gain the skills involved in identifying and defining relevant problems, discovering novel solutions, and working towards solving problems," she added. "Working on multiple research projects at CMU over last four years has helped me a great deal in developing those skills."
Mishra had spent two years working with Google India prior to coming to CMU and completed a summer internship with the company during 2012. She's excited that this fellowship will allow her to continue her pioneering work.
"Winning the fellowship has furthered my belief that the new techniques that are being developed in our research group at the School of Computer Science will be helpful in solving real world problems," said Mishra, "including those being faced by organizations like Google."