Li is the third ECE faculty this year to receive the highly esteemed NSF CAREER Award, which is recognized as the most prestigious grant aimed at supporting junior faculty.

Pan Li has been named as a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. Li is an assistant professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). He is also an assistant professor (on leave) at Purdue University’s Department of Computer Science.

The NSF CAREER award is the most prestigious award in “support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.” Approximately 500 awards are given annually to universities and research institutions throughout the country. The NSF especially encourages women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Li’s NSF CAREER project, “Modern Machine Learning on Graphs: From Theory to Practice,” aims to enhance our understanding of the theoretical foundations and develop robust algorithms for learning from complex graph-structured data. It focuses on scalable models for higher-order relations and provably expressive and generalizable deep learning models, with applications in various fields such as network anomaly detection, particle collision data analysis, and material property analysis.

According to Li, the success of the project will improve the understanding of network/graph data across various scientific disciplines and enhance the quality of data processing in high-energy physics. Additionally, the project will foster collaborations among college students studying data science, professionals in the computing industry, and scientists working in specific fields.

This year, Georgia Tech ECE faculty members have garnered significant recognition through NSF CAREER awards. Other recipients at Georgia Tech ECE this year include: Assistant Professor Shaolan Li received funding to research novel analog integrated circuit (IC) design automation flow and Assistant Professor Vidya Muthukumar was awarded the CAREER award to pursue foundational machine learning research.

Learn more about the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.