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AMIR NAJAM

 

Citizenship

Place of Birth: North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

Canadian citizen

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Degrees
Ph.D. University of Toronto Computer Science 1973
M.Sc. University of Toronto Computer Science 1970
B.A. University of Saskatchewan Mathematics 1968

 

Doctoral Dissertation Title

Algorithms for Analytic Approximation


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Employment History
2009—
present
Professor Emeritus Computer Science Univ of Waterloo
1991—
  2008
Professor Computer Science Univ of Waterloo
2001—
  2002
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Affairs Computer Science Univ of Waterloo
1996—
  1998
Associate Dean, Computing & Director of MFCF Faculty of Mathematics Univ of Waterloo
1991—
  1994
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research Faculty of Mathematics Univ of Waterloo
1978—
  1991
Associate Professor Computer Science Univ of Waterloo
1988—
  1989
Associate Dean, Computing Faculty of Mathematics Univ of Waterloo
1980—
  1982
Associate Chair, Graduate Affairs Computer Science Univ of Waterloo
1973—
  1978
Assistant Professor Computer Science Univ of Waterloo
1973
Summer
Assistant Professor Computer Science Univ of Toronto


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Awards and Honours
2014 2014 Alumni of Influence Award University of Saskatchewan

2011

ACM/SIGSAM Richard D. Jenks Memorial Prize to The Maple Project

For Excellence in Software Engineering Applied to Computer Algebra
2011 Journal of Symbolic Computation, 46 (7), July 2011 Special Issue in Honour of Keith Geddes on his 60th Birthday
2008 MICA 2008: Milestones in Computer Algebra A 60th birthday conference in honour of my career
2004 NSERC Synergy Award to U of W, Western & Maplesoft Recognizing productive collaboration between SCGORCCA & Maplesoft
1997 Paul G. Sorenson Distinguished Graduate Lecture University of Saskatchewan
1969—
  1973
NRC Postgraduate Scholarship For graduate study at University of Toronto
1969 High Honours in Mathematics University of Saskatchewan
1968 Honours Scholarship (for 4th-year study) University of Saskatchewan

 

 

Amir Najam's Experience:

  • Project Engineer at Boeing

    Project management

Amir Najam's Education:

  • University of Toronto

    engineering
    Concentration: ENGINEERING
    Activities: CRICKETT SOCCER

Amir Najam's Interests & Activities:

My research interests are in the areas of machine learning, statistical learning theory, and reinforcement learning. I work on the theoreticalanalysis of computationally efficient methods for large or otherwise complex prediction problems. One example is structured prediction problems, where there is considerable complexity to the space of possible predictions. Such methods are important in a variety of application areas, including natural language processing, computer vision, and bioinformatics. A second area of interest is the analysis of prediction methods in a deterministic, game-theoretic setting. As well as being of interest in areas such as computer security, where an adversarial environment is a reasonable model, this analysis also provides insight into the design and understanding of prediction methods in a probabilistic setting. A third area of interest is the design of methods for large scale sequential decision problems, such as control of Markov decision processes. Again, computational efficiency is a crucial requirement. This is a common feature in all of these areas: the interplay between the constraint of computational efficiency and the statistical properties of a method.









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