Azalia Mirhoseini, who graduated from Rice with her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015, has been selected as one of the MIT Technology Review’s “35 Innovators Under 35” as a Visionary for 2019. She joins the rankings of people like Google Co-Founders, Facebook Founder, PayPal Co-Founders and many, many more.
During her time at Rice, Mirhoseini worked with Dr. Farinaz Koushanfar, who is now professor and Henry Booker Faculty Scholar of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and crafted her thesis on “Optimizing Large-Scale Machine Learning with Software, Hardware, and Algorithm Co-Design” which set her on the path to her current research at Google Brain.
Mirhoseini’s current work at Google Brain enables chip design with AI. AI's insatiable demand for computing is far outstripping advances in chip design. To ensure that AI can continue to rapidly progress, it is necessary to accelerate and optimize the design of computer chips. Mirhoseini's work significantly accelerates chip design cycle and enables achieving greater specialization at lower cost.
While AI research is mostly focused on better understanding sensory data as in computer vision and natural language processing fields, Mirhoseini believes that there is huge potential for impact in advancing computer systems and hardware design with AI. Now, Mirhoseini says, “it’s time to use machine learning and AI to develop better computers and close the loop.”