2012 Technical Achievement Award Recipient
"For pioneering contributions to just-in-time compilation and optimization, significantly advancing web application technology"
Michael Franz is a Professor of Computer Science in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the Director of its Secure Systems and Languages Laboratory. Additionally, he holds a courtesy appointment as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in UCI's Henry Samueli School of Engineering. He received the Doctor of Technical Sciences and Diplom-Ingenieur degrees from ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
A major focus of Franz' current research is artificial compiler-generated software diversity: how to create millions of different binaries from a single source program to make cyber-attacks more difficult. Prof. Franz has graduated 16 Ph.Ds. as primary advisor to date. He won a Fulbright Scholarship in 1989, an NSF CAREER Award in 2001, and in 2010 received the highest honor for research from his university's academic senate, the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research. In 2007, he won the Dean's Award for Graduate Student Mentoring from his school. That same year, the graduating class of seniors at UC Irvine voted him their "Outstanding Professor of the Year."