Pierre Baldi, Chancellor’s Professor of computer science and director of the Institute for Genomics & Bioinformatics at UC Irvine, has been awarded the 2010 Eduardo R. Caianiello Prize by the Italian Neural Networks Society for significant contributions to the field of neural networks.

The distinguished prize is named for the late Italian physicist Eduardo R. Caianiello, a pioneer in neural networks – circuits of biological or artificial neurons – and founder of the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies. Past recipients include Nobel Prize winners Torsten Wiesel and Gerald Edelman.

Baldi researches intelligence in natural and artificial neural systems. Current projects in his group focus on developing machine learning and other statistical approaches for artificial intelligence and large-scale data mining; creating chemistry expert systems; predicting protein properties; comparing genomes and understanding gene regulation; and computationally screening and designing new drugs and chemical interactions.

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