UCLA Computer Scientist Named Samsung AI Researcher of the Year

Aditya Grover
UCLA Samueli

Nov 23, 2022

UCLA Samueli
Aditya Grover, an assistant professor of computer science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, received a 2022 Samsung AI Researcher of the Year award at the technology giant’s annual artificial intelligence conference Nov. 8-9 in South Korea.

Established in 2020, the award recognizes promising researchers under the age of 35 who have made outstanding contributions to the field of artificial intelligence. Grover was one of five recipients selected from a pool of more than 150 candidates. This year’s award committee was chaired by Turing Award winner Yoshua Bengio of the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

Grover’s research addresses machine learning with limited human supervision. He develops algorithms to organize and analyze big data, handling tasks involving data generation and sequential decision making that accounts for uncertainty. Grover is also an affiliate faculty member with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA where he applies his research findings to address major challenges in climate science and sustainable energy.

Winners of Samsung’s AI Researcher of the Year award receive a commemorative plaque and $30,000 each for their research. In his acceptance speech, Grover presented his group’s approach on flexible sequential decision making under uncertainty.

Prior to joining the UCLA Samueli faculty in 2021, Grover was a research scientist in Meta and completed his postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Stanford University in 2020 and a bachelor’s degree in 2015 from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in New Delhi, India. In 2021, he received the Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD) Doctoral Dissertation Award. Over the past year, Grover has also received the Meta Research Award, the Sony Faculty Innovation Award and the Adobe Data Science Research Award.

Grover is the second UCLA recipient of the Samsung AI award. Cho-Jui Hsieh, an associate professor of computer science, won the award in 2020.

Riley de Jong contributed to this story.