Congratulations to  Jakub Konečný, 1st year PhD student, University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics, for being awarded the 2014 Google Europe Doctoral Fellowship in Optimization Algorithms. The news was announced  in the Google Research Blog.  Jakub is supervised by NAIS lecturer, Peter Richtarik.

This is what Google says about these Fellowships:

"Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. Today, we're announcing the 2014 Google PhD Fellowship recipients. These students, recognized for their incredible creativity, knowledge and skills, represent some of the most outstanding graduate researchers in computer science across the globe. We're excited to support them, and we extend our warmest congratulations."

This year, Google has announced 38 Fellowships to PhD students across the globe: 15 in Europe, 14 in North America, 4 in China, 3 in India and 2 in Australia. These fellowships provide generous funding for the students for up to three years to help them better achieve their research objectives, and open the doors to a closer collaboration with Google through the establishment of Google mentors and other activities. Out of the 15 Europe Fellowships, 4 were awarded to universities in the UK: 2 in Cambridge and 2 in Edinburgh. The rest went to students in Switzerland (4), Germany (3), Israel (2), Austria (1) and Poland (1).