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Jay Modi Memorial Award

Pragnesh Jay Modi (1975-2007) joined the Computer Science Department at Drexel University as an assistant professor in 2005 upon completing his PhD from the University of Southern California and a post doctoral research position at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Modi was an outstanding teacher and a rising star in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) community. He was selected as one of the top ten young AI researchers by the IEEE Intelligent Systems Advisory Board and received the prestigious NSF CAREER award. His dissertation, “Distributed Constraint Optimization for Multiagent Systems,” made several fundamental contributions to the field and is widely cited in the multiagent community. In recognition of his impact, the The International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems has named its outstanding student paper after him.

In the relatively short time Jay spent at Drexel, he was instrumental in building the PhD program and the prestige of the College and University. In addition to his technical accomplishments, Jay was a valuable member of the Computer Science Department, the College of Engineering, Drexel University and his research community. He was a great friend and is greatly missed.

The Jay Modi Award is presented annually to a Computer Science PhD student in recognition of academic excellence and the potential to become a leader in the field. Each year, the Jay Modi Award winner is announced as part of the annual Jay Modi Memorial Lecture.

Past Award Winners
  • 2015-16: Gabriel Schwartz
  • 2014-15: Lingchuan Meng
  • 2013-14: Linge Bai
  • 2012-13: Stephen Lombardi
  • 2011-12: Michael Brennan
  • 2010-11: Maxim Shevertalov
  • 2009-10: Louis Kratz
  • 2008: Evan Sultanik
Jay Modi Lecturers
Those wishing to make a contribution to the Jay Modi Memorial Fund may do so by contacting cciinfo@drexel.edu