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A Rhodes Scholar Eyes Smarter Technology

Among the 63 international students who have been selected as 2017 Rhodes Scholars is Nadav Lidor (Israel, UWC of Costa Rica, Stanford ’16), who will pursue a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Oxford on the two- to three-year scholarship.

“For the past few years I’ve been really interested in how we can bring technology to a wider audience and underserved communities,” Nadav writes. “I think there are incredible opportunities in health care, in increasing information accessibility, and helping people connect to one another across languages and cultures.

“At Oxford, I will continue my research in the computational exploration of human language, the field of natural language processing, looking at how computers can better learn languages to more naturally communicate with people. Going forward, I hope to take this experience and build cooperative intelligent systems to make lives better, through further graduate work in academia or industry.

“I think everyone should be able to benefit from the powerful tools of technology,” he adds. “We can imagine more accurate diagnosis and medical treatment, or broader, more personal educational opportunities, or helping people consume reliable information easily.”