Michael I. Jordan, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley has been named the recipient of the 2020 IEEE John von Neumann Medal. Jordan is receiving the award in recognition of his contributions to machine learning and data science.

Jordan is considered a leading researcher in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Over the years, he has made many substantial contributions to neural networks, graphical models, computational biology, statistical genetics, and the Bayesian estimation to name a few.

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