Daniel Alan Spielman is the inaugural James A. Attwood Director of the Institute for Foundations of Data Science at Yale (FDS). He is Sterling Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Statistics and Data Science, and of Mathematics at Yale. He received his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Yale in 1992, and his Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from M.I.T. in 1995. After spending a year as an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computer Science Department at U.C. Berkeley, he became a professor in the Applied Mathematics Department at M.I.T. He moved to Yale in 2005.
He has received many awards, including the 1995 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the 2002 IEEE Information Theory Paper Award, the 2008 and 2015 Godel Prizes, the 2009 Fulkerson Prize, the 2010 Nevanlinna Prize, the 2014 Polya Prize, the 2021 NAS Held Prize, the 2023 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, a Simons Investigator Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. His main research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, network science, machine learning, digital communications and scientific computing.