ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today announced that Chelsea Finn receives the 2018 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation, "Learning to Learn with Gradients."In her thesis, Finn introduced algorithms for meta-learning that enable deep networks to solve new tasks from small datasets, and demonstrated how her algorithms can be applied in areas including computer vision, reinforcement learning and robotics.Meta-learning algorithms "learn to learn" by using past data to learn how to adapt quickly to new tasks.However, much of the initial work in meta-learning focused on designing increasingly complex neural network architectures.In her dissertation, Finn introduced a class of methods called model-agnostic meta-learning (MAML) methods, which don't require computer scientists to manually design complex architectures.Finn's MAML methods have had tremendous impact on the field and have been widely adopted in reinforcement learning, computer vision and other fields of machine learning.

NEW YORK, August 16, 2018 - The 2018 Donald E. Knuth Prize will be awarded to Johan Torkel Håstad of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) for his long and sustained record of milestone breakthroughs at the foundations of computer science, with major impact on many areas including optimization, cryptography, parallel computing, and complexity theory.The Knuth Prize is jointly bestowed by the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory (SIGACT) and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on the Mathematical Foundations of Computing (TCMF).It will be presented at the 59th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2018) in Paris, France, October 7 - 9.Håstad's multiple seminal works have not only resolved longstanding problems central to circuit lower bounds, pseudorandom generation, and approximability, but also introduced transformative techniques that have fundamentally influenced much of the subsequent work in these areas.Håstad is professor of computer science at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.Håstad's honors include receiving the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award (1986), the Gödel Prize (1994 and 2011), and the Göran Gustafsson Prize in Mathematics.