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Dartmouth professor named to Technology Review's annual TR35 list

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 08/19/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661 

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Listing recognizes the world's top young innovators under the age of 35

Tanzeem Choudhury
Choudhury named to TR35 list (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Tanzeem Choudhury, an assistant professor of computer science at Dartmouth, has been named to the 2008 TR35, an annual listing from Technology Review magazine that features the world's top innovators under the age of 35. Choudhury, originally from Bangladesh, is recognized for her research in developing computational techniques to better understand, and perhaps someday predict, human activities and social interactions.

"I use sensors to make sense of people," says Choudhury, talking about using mobile sensors, tiny computers that can be embedded virtually anywhere, such as on a person, in cell phones, in a car or on a bicycle. "My research involves developing machine learning and sensing techniques to collect and analyze data about day-to-day human behavior."

Choudhury, 33, who recently came to Dartmouth from a research position at Intel Research in Seattle, has developed techniques that can identify the most influential people in a social network by processing people's patterns of speech in conversations. She believes that sensor-laden cell phones in the future will be able to identify behavioral patterns that are predictive of people's health, productivity, and even social influence.

"The TR35 honors young innovators for accomplishments that are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world as we know it," said Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review magazine. "We celebrate their success and look forward to their continued advancement of technology in their respective fields."

Choudhury and the other TR35 winners for 2008 will be featured in the September issue of Technology Review magazine and honored at EmTech08 Conference to be held at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. September 23-25, 2008.

"Being named to the TR35 list is well deserved for Tanzeem," says Associate Dean of the Sciences C. Robertson McClung. "Her work has fascinating potential in this technological era of constant communications and relentless data gathering. I know our students will enjoy working with her. We are delighted to have recruited her to Dartmouth."

Additional information about past and present TR35 winners and judges is available.  For more information about EmTech08 Conference visit their website.

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