Ronald Fagin

2011 Technical Achievement Award Recipient



“For pioneering contributions to the theory of rank
and score aggregation”


Ronald Fagin is the manager of the Foundations of Computer Science group at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.  He received his B.A. in mathematics from Dartmouth College, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.  He was named a Fellow of IEEE for "contributions to finite-model theory and to relational database theory".  He was named a Fellow of ACM for "creating the field of finite model theory and for fundamental research in relational database theory and in reasoning about knowledge".  He was named a Fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), for "fundamental contributions to computational complexity theory, database theory, and the theory of multi-agent systems".  He was named Docteur Honoris Causa by the University of Paris, and a "Highly Cited Researcher" by ISI (the Institute for Scientific Information).  He has won Best Paper awards at the 1985 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the 2001 ACM Symposium on Principles of Database Systems, and the 2010 International Conference on Database Theory.  He was the winner of the 2004 ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award, a lifetime achievement award in databases, for "fundamental contributions to database theory".