IISc student gets Yahoo award

Ramasuri Narayanam is the only Indian national to win the Yahoo! KSC Award and he was selected from a shortlist of six other candidates from different tertiary institutes. As part of the prize, Ramasuri will receive a cash payment to support his research activities.

Ramasuri, a PhD student from the Department of Computer Science and Automation, IISc, was recognised for his research proposal on "Game Theoretic models for Social Network Analysis" which discusses complex communication patterns among individuals in a network and measures the strength of relationships between them.

"I am thrilled to be selected for the Award and would like to credit some of the success to the excellent guidance by Professor Y Narahari and the research environment at the Department of CSA, IISc," said Ramasuri Narayanam.

The Yahoo! KSC Programme is a core element of Yahoo! Labs' charter to support new scientific discovery that will contribute towards, or shape the next generation Internet. During 2010, 23 winners from 16 US universities have been selected based on their research proposals on a variety of scientific issues.

The Key Scientific Challenges Programme  from Yahoo! was first launched in January 2009.  It enables students from across the globe to work alongside Yahoo!'s leading scientists to solve fundamental challenges and potentially contribute to the next "big thing" on the Web.

Students are invited to submit a proposal 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 comprising senior scientists in each research area reviews the papers and selects those that can be a part of the programme .

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