I have great news.
We will be welcoming Sep Kamvar as the Media Lab's newest faculty member as of January 1, 2012. He will be joining us as the LG Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, heading the Social Computing research group. He will be located in the East Lab, on the second floor of E14.
Sep comes to us from Stanford University, where he earned his PhD and is currently consulting assistant professor at the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. To date, his most significant contributions have been at the intersection of computer science and mathematics, particularly in the fields of personalized search and peer-to-peer networks. For four years, he took a leave from his graduate work to found a personalized search company, and then, when Google acquired the company, built and led Google’s engineering efforts in personalization. His artwork has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
You can see the talk that Sep gave at the Fall meeting in October.
I'm really excited by Sep's research areas, his deep ties with Silicon Valley and the thoughtful, fresh and exciting energy that he brings. Yay!