Computer Society Honors Top Scientists
May 2012 (Vol. 45, No. 5) pp. 97-99
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Computer Society Honors Top Scientists
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  Technical Achievement Awards  
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The IEEE Computer Soci-ety recognizes outstanding work by computer professionals who advance the field through exceptional technical achievement and service to the profession and to society.
Chang Receives Merwin Service Award




Carl K. Chang, Computer's editor in chief emeritus, has published extensively on topics related to software engineering.



Carl K. Chang, professor and chair of computer science at Iowa State University, has been named the 2012 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service. Chang was cited "for outstanding contributions and exemplary leadership and service to the IEEE Computer Society and the computing profession."
Chang, Computer's editor in chief from 2007-1010, served as IEEE Computer Society president in 2004 and has chaired many conferences, including the IEEE International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC).
Credited with helping create the Computer Society Industry Advisory Board during his tenure as Computer's EIC, Chang also previously served the Society as editor in chief of IEEE Software from 1991 to 1994, Magazine Operations Committee chair, Board of Governors member, vice president for press activities, vice president and first vice president for educational activities, and chair of the IEEE Meetings and Services Committee.
Chang received a PhD in com-puter science from Northwestern University, and worked for GTE Automatic Electric and Bell Laboratories before joining the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2002, he joined the faculty at Iowa State University.
Chang, an IEEE and AAAS Fellow, is the recipient of the Computer Society's Meritorious Service and Outstanding Contribution Awards, and the IEEE's Third Millennium Medal. A Computer Society Golden Core member, he received the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences' Marin Drinov Medal as wells as the IBM Faculty Award in 2006, 2007, and 2009.
The Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals for outstanding volunteer service to the profession, including significant service to the Computer Society. The Society's highest award for volunteer service, the award consists of a bronze medal and a $5,000 honorarium.
Technical Achievement Awards
The IEEE Computer Society recently named five top experts as winners of its 2012 Technical Achievement Awards. The awards recognize outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology usually within the past 10, and not more than 15, years. Honorees receive a certificate and $2,000 honorarium.
Michael Franz




Michael Franz is a pioneer in just-in-time compilation and platform-independent code.



Michael Franz is a professor of computer science and director of the Secure Systems and Languages Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine. He also holds a courtesy appointment as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UCI. Franz's award citation reads, "For pioneering contributions to just-in-time compilation and optimization, significantly advancing web application technology."
Franz's doctoral dissertation "Code Generation On-The-Fly: A Key to Portable Software" was published in early 1994, predating the arrival of Java by two years. He is perhaps best known for his invention, with a former PhD student, of the "Trace Tree" compilation technique. Mozilla incorporated this technique into the Firefox browser, where it became the basis of the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, used by hundreds of millions of people every day.
Franz won a Fulbright Scholarship in 1989 and a US National Science Foundation Career Award in 2001. He received the Dean's Award for Graduate Student Mentoring from UCI in 2007, the same year that the graduating class of UCI seniors voted him their "Outstanding Professor of the Year." In 2010, UCI presented him with the UCI Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research. Franz received Doctor of Technical Sciences and Diplom-Ingenieur degrees from ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Ling Liu




Ling Liu is co-editor in chief of five volumes of the Encyclopedia of Database Systems.



Ling Liu is a professor of computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in the areas of database systems, distributed computing, and Internet data management and data mining with a focus on performance, availability, fault tolerance, security, and privacy. Liu's award citation reads, "For pioneering contributions to novel internet data management and decentralized trust management."
Liu has published more than 300 journal and conference papers, has supervised more than 20 PhD dissertations, and is a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award from Georgia Tech. She was corecipient of best paper awards at the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems and the 2004 International Conference on the World Wide Web. Liu's research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy, and industrial companies including IBM and Intel.
Liu is cochair of the 38th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2012), and has served as general chair and program chair for numerous IEEE and ACM conferences. She currently serves on the editorial board of eight international journals including Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, ACM Transactions on the Web, and Distributed and Parallel Databases.
Klara Nahrstedt




Klara Nahrstedt is a pioneer in end-to-end quality of service.



Klara Nahrstedt is a computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are directed toward end-to-end quality of service and research management in wired and wireless networks, multimedia distributed systems and networking, peer-to-peer streaming systems, real-time security in wireless networks for cybercritical infrastructures, and next-generation session initiation, management, and distribution protocols for tele-immersive systems and applications. Nahrstedt's award citation reads, "For pioneering contributions to end-to-end quality of service and resource management in wired and wireless networks."
Nahrstedt is a recipient of the NSF Career Award, the Junior Xerox Award, the IEEE Communication Society Leonard Abraham Award for Research Achievements, the University Scholar Award, and the Humboldt Research Award. She has served as editor-in-chief of ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems Journal and associate editor of ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications; IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security.
Nahrstedt received a degree in mathematics and numerical analysis from Humboldt University, Berlin. She was a research scientist in the Institut für Informatik in Berlin until 1990. In 1995, she received a PhD in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania. Nahrstedt is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the ACM.
Mei-Ling Shyu




Mei-Ling Shyu is an innovator in multimedia data mining.



Mei-Ling Shyu has been an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Miami since June 2005. Her research interests in-clude multimedia data mining, management and retrieval, and security. Shyu's award citation reads, "For pioneering contributions to multimedia data mining, management and retrieval."
Shyu received a PhD from UM in 1999 and masters degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, and restaurant, hotel, institutional, and tourism management from Purdue University. She has authored and coauthored more than 200 technical papers published in various scholarly journals, book chapters, and refereed conference proceedings.
Shyu serves as associate editor of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, and is on the editorial board of numerous other journals. She has been a guest editor for many journal special issues and a program chair or vice chair of more than 20 IEEE and ACM international conferences, symposiums, and workshops. Shyu is the vice chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing, a member of the steering committee for the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo, and a Fellow of the Society for Information Reuse and Integration.
Xindong Wu




Xindong Wu is the founder of the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining.



Xindong Wu is a professor of computer science at the University of Vermont, a Yangtze River Scholar at China's Hefei University of Technology, and a Fellow of IEEE. His research interests include data mining, knowledge-based systems, and Web information exploration. Wu's award citation reads, "For pioneering contributions to data mining and applications."
Wu's research has been support-ed by the US National Science Foundation and Department of Defense, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and China's Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as industrial companies including Microsoft and US West Advanced Technologies. He received BS and MS degrees in computer science from Hefei University of Technology, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh.
Wu is the founder and current steering committee chair of the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, the founder and current editor in chief of Knowledge and Information Systems, the founding chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics, and the editor of a Springer book series on advanced information and knowledge processing.