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Vladimir Naumovich Vapnik (Russian: Владимир Наумович Вапник; born 6 December 1936) is one of the main developers of the Vapnik–Chervonenkis theory of statistical learning, and the co-inventor of the support vector machine method.

Vladimir N. Vapnik
Born (1936-12-06) December 6, 1936 (age 80)
Soviet Union
Alma mater Institute of Control Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences
Uzbek State University
Known for Vapnik–Chervonenkis theory
Vapnik–Chervonenkis dimension
Support vector machine
Statistical learning theory
Structural risk minimization
Awards IEEE John von Neumann Medal (2017)
Kampé de Fériet Award (2014)
C&C Prize (2013)
Benjamin Franklin Medal (2012)
IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award (2012)
IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award (2010)
Paris Kanellakis Award (2008)
Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (2006)
Gabor Award, International Neural Network Society (2005)
Alexander Humboldt Research Award (2003)
Scientific career
Fields Machine learning
Institutions Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research
Vencore Labs
NEC Laboratories America
Adaptive Systems Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories
Royal Holloway, University of London
Columbia University
Doctoral advisor Aleksandr Lerner


Early life and educationEdit

Vladimir Vapnik was born in the Soviet Union. He received his master's degree in mathematics at the Uzbek State University, Samarkand, Uzbek SSR in 1958 and Ph.D in statistics at the Institute of Control Sciences, Moscow in 1964. He worked at this institute from 1961 to 1990 and became Head of the Computer Science Research Department.[1]

Academic careerEdit

At the end of 1990, Vladimir Vapnik moved to the USA and joined the Adaptive Systems Research Department at AT&T Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey. While at AT&T, Vapnik and his colleagues developed the theory of the support vector machine. They demonstrated its performance on a number of problems of interest to the machine learning community, including handwriting recognition. The group later became the Image Processing Research Department of AT&T Laboratories when AT&T spun off Lucent Technologies in 1996. Vapnik left AT&T in 2002 and joined NEC Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, where he worked in the Machine Learning group. He also holds a Professor of Computer Science and Statistics position at Royal Holloway, University of London since 1995, as well as a position as Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, New York City since 2003.[2] As of February 2017, he has an h-index of 115 and, overall, his publications have been cited close to 180,000 times.[3] His book on "Statistical Learning Theory" alone has been cited close to 60,000 times.

On November 25, 2014, Vapnik joined Facebook AI Research[4], where he is working alongside his longtime collaborators Jason Weston, Ronan Collobert, and Yann LeCun.[5] In 2016, he also joined Vencore Labs.

Honors and awardsEdit

Vladimir Vapnik was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He received the 2005 Gabor Award,[6] the 2008 Paris Kanellakis Award, the 2010 Neural Networks Pioneer Award,[7] the 2012 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award, the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science from the Franklin Institute,[1] the 2013 C&C Prize from the NEC C&C Foundation,[8] the 2014 Kampé de Fériet Award, and the 2017 IEEE John von Neumann Medal,.[9]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • On the uniform convergence of relative frequencies of events to their probabilities, co-author A. Y. Chervonenkis, 1971
  • Necessary and sufficient conditions for the uniform convergence of means to their expectations, co-author A. Y. Chervonenkis, 1981
  • Estimation of Dependences Based on Empirical Data, 1982
  • The Nature of Statistical Learning Theory, 1995
  • Statistical Learning Theory (1998). Wiley-Interscience, ISBN 0-471-03003-1.
  • Estimation of Dependences Based on Empirical Data, Reprint 2006 (Springer), also contains a philosophical essay on Empirical Inference Science, 2006

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science". Franklin Institute. 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Scholkopf, Bernhard et al (eds) (2013). "Preface". Empirical Inference: Festschrift in Honor of Vladimir N. Vapnik. Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-41136-6. 
  3. ^ "Google Scholar Record of Vapnik". 
  4. ^ "Facebook AI Research". FAIR. Retrieved 2016-09-20. ; "see also" "Facebook Research, ("People" entry for "Vladimir Vapnik")". Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Facebook’s AI team hires Vladimir Vapnik, father of the popular support vector machine algorithm". VentureBeat. 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "INNS awards recipients". International Neural Network Society. 2005. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.
  8. ^ "NEC C&C Foundation Awards 2013 C&C Prize". NEC. 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 

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