Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
areas of expertise: computing, information retrieval and digital libraries; personal information management, web 2.0, semantic web, analysis of algorithms, especially for graphs and optimization problems; applications of randomization in computing
David Karger received his AB, summa cum laude, in computer science from Harvard University in 1989 and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1994. He is a professor of computer science and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT.
Karger splits his research between algorithms and information management. His work in algorithms has focused on applications of randomization to optimization problems and led to significant progress on several core problems. He has also researched applications of theoretical ideas to applied areas such as compilers and networks.
His dissertation received the 1994 ACM doctoral dissertation award and the Mathematical Programming Society's 1997 Tucker Prize. He received the National Academy of Science's 2004 Award for Initiative in research. His research in information management has considered tools that help people organize information in ways that make sense to them, as well as tools that help people share and annotation information in collaborative environments.
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