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Ben Taskar

Remembering Ben Taskar, 1977-2013: On November 17, 2013, Ben Taskar died at home of an apparent heart attack. He was 36 years old. The UW Engineering community extends its deepest sympathies to Ben's family. CSE news item »

Boeing Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering

Ben Taskar

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, Stanford University, 2005
  • M.S. Computer Science, Stanford University, 2000
  • B.S. Computer Science, Stanford University, 1998

Ben Taskar will join Computer Science & Engineering in spring 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the Magerman Term Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Ben’s primary research interests are machine learning and its applications to computational linguistics and computer vision – helping computers to process visual information and understand human language. He has focused on several general themes related to applications: learning from weak supervision, computational trade-offs in structured prediction and probabilistic models of diversity.

Ben’s work has been recognized with an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.