Abhinav Gupta (PhD '09, advisor: Larry Davis) was one of 126 scholars from the U.S. or Canada to receive a Sloan Fellowship for 2016. Gupta is currently an Assistant Professor of Robotics in Carnegie Melon's School of Computer Science.
Gupta's research interests include ways to represent the visual word in terms of "the underlying 3D scene and develop reasoning approaches based on physical, functional and causal relationships between the different elements in the scene." He is also interested in the link between Language and Vision and the roles that language plays in visual learning. Recently he has been working on the relationship between actions and objects by studying how humans interact with their environment and how perception of the world depends on these interactions.
Gupta joins a growing list of PhD alumni who have received this prestigious award including 2015 winners Mike Schatz and Cole Trapnell.
Each Sloan Research Fellow is awarded a two-year grant to support their research interests. Administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation, the fellowships are awarded in eight scientific fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. Winners are selected through close cooperation with the scientific community. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by their fellow research scientists and are subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars.