Posted on 10/02/2012
Professor Vapnik (centre)
Professor Vladimir Vapnik has been awarded the 2012 Benjamin Franklin medal in Computer and Cognitive Science from the Franklin Institute.
Professor Vapnik is a Fellow of the Computer Learning Research Centre at Royal Holloway and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Computer Science.
He is well-known as a founder (together with Professor Alexey Chervonenkis - another Fellow of the Computer Learning Centre) of Statistical Learning Theory: a very general inductive method where its performance can be guaranteed by uniform law of large numbers.
Professor Vapnik has also developed the theory of the support vector machine - a powerful machine learning tool that can be used in solving pattern recognition and regression estimation problems.
The Franklin Institute Awards programme dates back to 1824. The list of past Franklin Institute Laureates includes luminaries Marie and Pierre Curie, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates.