PhD candidate Mike Schaekermann is one of 39 recipients globally and the only candidate from Canada to receive a prestigious 2018 Google PhD Fellowship. Established in 2009 and awarded annually since, Google PhD Fellowships recognize and support exceptional doctoral students as they pursue their research, as well as connect them to a Google Research Mentor.
Supervised jointly by Professors Edith Law and Kate Larson in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, Mike conducts research at the intersection between machine learning and human-computer interaction. He examines ways to combine the power of human and machine intelligence to solve problems too difficult to be tackled by computational methods alone — such as the analysis of medical time series data — by working in a hybrid and emerging research space known as human-centred machine learning.
"Google is pleased to announce the recipients of the Google PhD Fellowships for 2018," wrote Susie Kim, Google PhD Fellowships, in the announcement. "These awards have been presented to exemplary PhD students in computer science and related research areas. We have given these students unique fellowships to acknowledge their contributions to their areas of specialty and provide funding for their education and research. We look forward to working closely with them as they continue to become leaders in their respective fields."
Google PhD Fellowships are awarded to PhD candidates in Australia, China and East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, India, the United States and Canada across a variety of research areas from algorithms, optimization and computational neuroscience to human-computer interaction, machine learning and quantum computing, among many other areas within computer science.