Press release
December 12, 2012

Chancellor's Professor Pierre Baldi named ACM Fellow

Irvine, Calif., December 12, 2012 - Pierre Baldi, professor in the UC Irvine Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and director of the Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, has been named a 2012 ACM Fellow for his contributions to artificial intelligence and statistical machine learning for bioinformatics.

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with members from more than 100 countries. This year, 52 of its 100,000-plus members were recognized for personifying “the highest achievements in computing research and development,” according to a statement by the ACM, “with innovations that are driving economic growth in the digital environment.”

“These men and women are advancing the art and science of computing with enormous impacts for how we live and work,” said ACM President Vinton G. Cerf.

Baldi, an award-winning researcher who works at the intersection of the biological and computational sciences, joined UC Irvine in 1999. He is a Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Computer Science and holds joint appointments in the departments of Biological Chemistry, Developmental and Cell Biology, and Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as associate director of the Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems.

“This recognition of Professor Baldi is very exciting for UC Irvine and the Bren School,” said Hal Stern, Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean. “His interdisciplinary work exemplifies how computing can help to address important social issues.”

Baldi’s research focuses on artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining, along with their application in chemoinformatics, bioinformatics and systems biology. He has developed software applications for use in numerous biology and chemistry settings, including comparing genomes, predicting protein properties, and screening and designing new drugs.

“The Department of Computer Science at UC Irvine has significant strengths in artificial intelligence, machine learning and bioinformatics,” said department chair Michael Goodrich. “We’re thrilled about Dr. Baldi being named an ACM Fellow. This honor is another great testament to the exceptional research being conducted at the Bren School.”

Baldi also is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has received the Lew Allen Research Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the UCI Laurel Wilkening Faculty Innovation Award, a Microsoft Faculty Research Award, and the Eduardo R. Caianiello Prize from the Italian Neural Network Society.

Established in 1993, the ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1 percent of its members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology. Baldi joins seven other ACM Fellows within the Bren School faculty:

  • Bren Professor Michael Carey for broad and influential contributions to the engineering of database management systems
  • Professor David Eppstein for his achievements in graph algorithms and computational geometry
  • Chancellor’s Professor Michael Goodrich for contributions to data structures and algorithms for combinatorial and geometric problems
  • Bren Professor Ramesh Jain for contributions to computer vision and multimedia information systems
  • Bren Professor Gary Olson for contributions to computer-supported collaborative work
  • Bren Professor Judy Olson for contributions to human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work
  • Professor Richard Taylor for contributions to research in software engineering and software environments, and for service to the ACM, SIGSOFT, and the entire software engineering community

ACM will formally recognize its 2012 fellows at an annual awards banquet on June 15, 2013, in San Francisco.

Rizza Barnes
Director of Communications
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
University of California, Irvine