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Drineas named Fellow by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics


Professor Petros Drineas


Congratulations to Professor Petros Drineas – named a 2023 Fellow by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. 


Petros Drineas, professor and associate head for the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University was named a 2023 fellow by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He was recognized for pioneering contributions to all aspects of Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra: research, applications, advocacy, and outreach.

Fellows are nominated for their exemplary research as well as outstanding service to the community. Through their various contributions, SIAM Fellows help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science.

The goal of the fellows program is to honor SIAM members who are recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the discipline. 

Professor Drineas is known for his contributions to the theory of data science and the development of Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra (RandNLA). He received his PhD in Computer Science from Yale University in 2003. His research interests lie in the design and analysis of randomized algorithms for linear algebraic problems, as well as their applications to the analysis of modern, massive datasets. In a 2012 paper, he introduced CUR matrix approximation for improved big data analysis. Drineas' work on the application of principle component analysis to population genetics disproved the long-standing hypothesis that the Minoan civilization had North African origins. 

About SIAM

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of more than 14,500 individual, academic, and corporate members from more than 100 countries. SIAM helps build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology to solve real-world problems through publications, conferences, and communities like chapters, sections and activity groups. Learn more at siam.org.

About the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University

Founded in 1962, the Department of Computer Science was created to be an innovative base of knowledge in the emerging field of computing as the first degree-awarding program in the United States. The department continues to advance the computer science industry through research. US News & Reports ranks Purdue CS #20 and #16 overall in graduate and undergraduate programs respectively, seventh in cybersecurity, 10th in software engineering, 13th in programming languages, data analytics, and computer systems, and 19th in artificial intelligence. Graduates of the program are able to solve complex and challenging problems in many fields. Our consistent success in an ever-changing landscape is reflected in the record undergraduate enrollment, increased faculty hiring, innovative research projects, and the creation of new academic programs. The increasing centrality of computer science in academic disciplines and society, and new research activities - centered around data science, artificial intelligence, programming languages, theoretical computer science, machine learning, and cybersecurity - are the future focus of the department. cs.purdue.edu


Writer: Emily Kinsell, emily@purdue.edu

Source: Petros Drineas, pdrineas@purdue.edu

Last Updated: Nov 1, 2023 4:46 PM

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