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Ashish Mangalampalli wins the prestigious Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program Award

~ Award of $2,000 of unrestricted funds to support research activities ~

Hyderabad/India: Yahoo! India R&D announced that Ashish Mangalampalli, a 2nd year PhD student from IIIT Hyderabad is one of the winners of the 2009-2010 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Program Award.

Twenty-one exceptional PhD studentsfrom all over the world have been selected to be part of Yahoo!’s Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Program and Ashish Mangalampalli is one of them. Ashish is the only winner from a non-US institute/university and has been awarded with $2,000 of unrestricted funds to support his research activities and is exclusively invited to the KSC Graduate Student Summit planned for September 2009 in Sunnyvale, California. The workshop will focus on novel disciplines and important technical challenges for the Internet research community, slanted specifically for graduate students whose innovative work is emerging.

“Supporting the academic community is a top priority at Yahoo! and we created the KSC Program to support outstanding PhD students who we believe are doing research in very important and challenging areas,” said Rajeev Rastogi, VP and Head of Yahoo! Labs Bangalore. “We are excited to be able to support students likeAshishwith KSC grants, and we look forward to having them as part of our broad research alliance of outstanding students and faculty,” Rastogi added.

“I am extremely happy to be the winner of this prestigious award and would like to thank Yahoo! for giving me this opportunity. Apart from the monetary aspect, I value the opportunity that Yahoo! will be providing to interact with Yahoo! scientists and other top graduate students in an informal and supportive environment, said Ashish Mangalampalli, Winner of KSC Award Program. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teachers and peers at IIIT Hyderabad, and in particular, my advisor, Dr. Vikram Pudi, Director, Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Dean (R&D), Prof. P.J. Narayanan, and Dean (Academics), Prof. Kamal Karlapalem,” he added.

The Key Scientific Challenges Program was launched on 26th January 2009. It enables students to work alongside Yahoo!'s leading scientists to solve fundamental challenges and potentially contribute to the next big thing on the Web. Students were invited to submit a paper about their current or planned research that is relevant to the challenges and explains why their work would make an impact in the area. A committee composed of senior scientists in each research area reviewed the papers and selected a group to be a part of the program.

Yahoo! Labs is pioneering the new sciences underlying the Web. As the center of scientific excellence for Yahoo!, Yahoo! Labs delivers both fundamental and applied scientific leadership through published research and new technologies powering the company's products.

Reachout's News Bureau
May' 2009

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