April 10, 2018
We are thrilled to share that LIDS Prof. Caroline Uhler has been promoted to Associate Professor without Tenure in the EECS department, effective July 1, 2018.
From the EECS announcement: Caroline Uhler received a PhD in Statistics from the University of California Berkeley in 2011. After serving as an assistant professor at IST Austria, she joined MIT as an assistant professor of EECS and a core faculty member of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). Currently, she is the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Assistant Professor of EECS and IDSS.Uhler’s primary expertise is in the general area of algebraic statistics, a field that focuses on the application of algebra, algebraic geometry, graph theory, optimization and combinatorics to statistical modeling. This broad expertise enables her to produce new paradigms and algorithms for the analysis of large heterogeneous data sets that arise in
various applications. Her work to date has broken new ground on providing a systematic approach to studying graphical models. In her PhD work, she initiated the study of Gaussian graphical models using algebraic methods and introduced hyperbolic exponential families as a general class of graphical models that share the nice computational properties of Gaussian models.
Uhler’s awards include a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and an NSF CAREER Award. She was a plenary speaker on the subject of algebraic statistics during the 2017 SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry.
She has developed two courses at MIT, one of which serves as the capstone class for the minor in statistics. She serves on the EECS admissions committee and the Broad Institute Fellows selection committee, and she was an organizer of the joint conference between MIT, Harvard, and Microsoft for Women in Data Science.