Amir Gholaminejad, a 2017 CSEM graduate, won both the 2018 ICES Outstanding Dissertation Award and the university's Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2018 recognizing exceptional work by doctoral students to encourage the highest levels of scholarship, research, and writing.
Gholaminejad's dissertation is entitled Fast Algorithms for Biophysically-Constrained Inverse Problems in Medical Imaging. His supervising professor was ICES Professor George Biros.
Criteria for the award includes the importance/impact of the subject; originality/creativity of the work; quality of the scholarship; potential for publishing; organization of the dissertation; quality of the writing; and other appropriate factors that denote excellence.
Gholami is now a postdoctoral research fellow in the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab at the University of California, Berkeley.
He has extensive experience in second-order optimization methods, image registration, inverse problems, and large scale parallel computing, developing codes that have been scaled up to 200K cores. He is a Melosh Medal finalist, recipient of the Best Student Paper award in SC'17, the Gold Medal in the national Association for Computing Machinery Student Research Competition, as well as Best Student Paper finalist in SC’14. His current research includes large scale training of Neural Networks, stochastic second-order optimization methods, and robust optimization.