We are delighted to congratulate Somerville DPhil student and member of the Department of Statistics Sheheryar Zaidi on being awarded a prestigious $60,000 Google PhD Fellowship from a highly competitive field of researchers.

Sheh is interested in different aspects of deep learning and its applications. His research focuses on a variety of topics ranging from how we can improve generalization (making correct predictions for unseen data) and efficiency (learning with less computation and fewer data) of neural networks to how such models can be made more robust and uncertainty-aware. He has also worked on applying these techniques to scientific problems, such as modeling physical systems and molecular property prediction.

Sheh said, “I am very delighted and grateful to have received the Google PhD Fellowship. It is a wonderful opportunity to be mentored by Google’s researchers and connect with other fellows, along with the generous funding. I am also very thankful to my supervisor, Professor Yee Whye Teh, for his continued support during my PhD.”

Before starting starting his PhD, Sheh completed a Bachelor’s in mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Master’s in mathematics (Part III) at the University of Cambridge, mostly specialising in algebra and topology.

We have given these exemplary PhD students in computer science and related fields fellowships to acknowledge their contributions to their areas of specialty and provide funding for their education and research

Google STATEMENT

Google made the following statement about it 2022 Fellowships: “Google is pleased to confirm the recipients of the North American and European Google PhD Fellowships for 2022. These awards have been presented to exemplary PhD students in computer science and related fields. We have given these students unique fellowships to acknowledge their contributions to their areas of specialty and provide funding for their education and research. We look forward to working closely with them as they continue to become leaders in their respective fields.

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