CSE Doctoral Student Wins Marshall Sherfield Fellowship


Joshua Dillon, winner of a prestigious two-year Marshall Sherfield Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, works in the research areas of machine learning, computational statistics and information visualization.

December 13, 2010

Joshua Dillon, a Ph.D. student in Computational Science &
Engineering, has been selected for a prestigious two-year Marshall
Sherfield Fellowship at the University of Cambridge.

Dillon, who is advised by Assistant Professor Guy Lebanon, works in
machine learning, computational statistics and information
visualization. At Cambridge he will work with Zoubin Ghahramani,
professor of information engineering in the Department of Engineering.
 
“I am primarily interested in exploring the statistical theory aspects
of machine learning and how these insights can be exploited for more
efficient and effective data modeling and prediction,” said Dillon, who
grew up on a small farm in Michigan and earned his bachelor’s and
master’s degrees from Michigan Technological and Purdue universities,
respectively. “I am interested in large-scale data problems, primarily
text analysis, as well as modeling challenges present in image
processing, biological data and social structure.”

Georgia Tech has had more students win the Marshall Sherfield award than
any other U.S. university. The fellowships have been offered since
1998 when they were begun to mark the 50th anniversary of the Marshall
Plan, and the awards are part of the distinguished Marshall Scholarships
program
. Georgia Tech now has two Marshall awards this year; 2009
graduate Nick Wellkamp was named a Marshall Scholar in November and will
go to Oxford University next fall.