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Dr. Sathyanarayanan Aakur

Computer science program earns recognition

Friday, April 29, 2022

Media Contact: Jordan Bishop | Editor, Department of Brand Management | 405-744-7193 |

Sathyanarayanan Aakur won a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation for his research.

Aakur, an Oklahoma State University computer science professor, won the Faculty Early Career Development Award, a distinguished honor given to junior faculty who balance the role of teacher and scholar through research, education and integration of the two within the mission of their university.  

The award, “CAREER: Towards Casual Multi-Modal Understanding with Event Partonomy and Active Perception,” is distributed over five years, ultimately totaling $514,186. 

Aakur will use the funds to support his research on building visual understanding agents, which are more complex, interactive and useful in real-world environments than the current passive recognition of events from multimodal data.

For more information on this award, visit 

In another noteworthy award, the computer science department selected Nathan Baker as the department’s Outstanding Senior at the College of Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony on April 11. 

Nathan Baker

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