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W. Wallace McDowell Award

Deadline for 2016 Nominations: 15 October 2015


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A certificate and $2,000 honorarium are presented for outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other similar innovative contributions that fall within the scope of Computer Society interest. 

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Past recipients for W. Wallace McDowell Award

2014 Hanan Samet For fundamental contributions to the development of multidimensional spatial data structures and indexing, translation validation, and proof-carrying code.
2013 Maurice Herlihy For fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of multi-processor computation.
2012 Ronald Fagin For fundamental and lasting contributions to the theory of databases.
2011 Ian F. Akyildiz For pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols.
2009 Jiawei Han For significant contributions to knowledge discovery and data mining.
2008 Krishna V. Palem For pioneering contributions to the algorithmic, compilation, and architectural foundations of embedded computing.
2007 Anil K. Jain For pioneering contributions to theory, technique, and practice of pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition systems.
2006 Benjamin W. Wah For fundamental contributions to the theory and applications of nonlinear and resource-constrained optimization.
2005 Krishan K. Sabnani For seminal contributions to networking protocols and to wireless data networks.
2004 Simon Lam For outstanding fundamental contributions in network protocols and security services.
2003 Sartaj K. Sahni For contributions to the theory of NP-hard and NP-complete problems.
2002 Jaishankar M. Menon For leading contributions on the architecture and design of data storage systems and RAID technology.
2001 Pradeep K. Khosla For significant contributions to the design of re-configurable real-time software systems, and for significant contributions to undergraduate and graduate education in electrical and computer engineering and robotics.
2000 Raymond Ozzie For his vision, determination, and programming skill in the development of Lotus Notes, a program that enables groups of people to work collaboratively over computer networks.
1999 Yale N. Patt For your impact on the high performance microprocessor industry via a combination of important contributions to both engineering and education.
1998 Tilak Agerwala For outstanding contributions to the development of high performance computers.
1997 Marc Andreessen
Eric Bina
For developing a multi-platform browsing tool for the World Wide Web.
1996 Timothy Berners-Lee For innovative invention of the World Wide Web, which extends hypertext to distributed information, which has brought about a revolutionary transformation in the use of computers and networks.
1995 Kenneth W. Kennedy For important contributions to theory and practice of compiler optimization and leadership in the development of software for parallel computation.
1994 Federico Faggin For the development of the Silicon Gate Process, and the first commercial microprocessor.
1990 Lawrence G. Roberts For architecting packet switching technology and bringing it into practical use by means of the ARPA network.
1989 Edward B. Eichelberger Thomas W. Williams For developing the level-sensitive scan technique of testing solid-state logic circuits and for leading, defining, and promoting design for testability concepts.
1988 John W. Poduska, Sr. For his continued creative contributions to hardware and software developments and for management expertise in bringing them to products.
1987 Sidney Fernbach For continuously challenging, inspiring, and supporting American designers and industry to produce many successive generations of super computers.
1985 William D. Strecker For being principal designer of the VAX architecture and for contributions to local area networks, high-performance interconnects, caches, and memory hierarchies.
1984 Thomas M. McWilliams Lawrence C. Widdoes, Jr. For creating the structured computer-aided logic (SCALD) design methodology, which is the basis for many of the successful computer-aided engineering systems used in the industry.
1983 Daniel L. Slotnick For his pioneering contributions to centrally controlled parallel computers and for his achievement in creating the parallel computer ILLIAC IV.
1982 Rex Rice For his outstanding technical and managerial contributions to computer development through the invention of the universally utilized dual-in-line semi-conductor component package, and the design and production of the first large LSI semi-conductor memory systems.
1981 Maurice V. Wilkes For a lifetime of innovative technical contributions to the computer field in the areas of software engineering, structured programming, distributed computing, data base structures, time-sharing, storage hierarchies, paging, and microprogramming.
1980 Donald E. Knuth For his many contributions to software engineering and education and for the excellence of his scholarship and creativity in organizing vast subject areas of computer science so that they are accessible to all segments of the computing community.
1979 Grace Murray Hopper For her combination of technical skill, leadership, teaching capability, and single-minded drive for the invention, adoption, and standardization of high-level programming languages.
1978 Gordon E. Moore For outstanding contributions to research and development of semi-conductor components and his insights and leadership in the micro-processor and semi conductor memory fields.
1977 Robert S. Barton For his innovative architectural computer concepts, such as stack processing, data stored with self-describing tags, and the direct execution of higher level languages, as embodied in the B-5000 and successor machines.
1976 Gene M. Amdahl For his contributions to the architecture and design of computer systems, and for his achievements in promoting advancements in the computer state of the art through business enterprise.
1975 C. Gordon Bell For outstanding contributions in the areas of technical design, education, and publications influential in developing the computer field.
1974 Shmuel Winograd For his pioneering work in computational complexity and for stimulating further research on the scientific basis for evaluating the efficiency of computational algorithms.
1973 David A. Huffman For his contributions to the solution of sequential circuit problems and coding theory, and for his leadership as a teacher.
1972 Jean A. Hoerni For significantly influencing the architecture and design of data processing systems by inventing the planar process of semi-conductor circuit fabrication -- the development that made possible the economical mass production of reliable integrated circuits and semi-conductor memories.
1971 Tom Kilburn For his achievement in designing and building some of the first-- as well as some of the most powerful -- computers in the world.
1970 Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. For his significant contributions to computer architecture and programming and his leadership in cooperative efforts to further education in the computer field.
1969 Herman Lukoff For his insight and leadership in solving primary problems of early computers and his continuing contributions that have paved the way for tomorrows computing systems.
1968 Seymour R. Cray For his continuing technical contributions to computer development through design automation and system definition, and for outstanding managerial leadership in producing a series of large scale computers.
1967 John W. Backus For his early and continuing contribution to the field of higher-level languages, in particular for is conception and leadership resulting in the completion of the first FORTRAN projects; and for his work in syntactical forms incorporated in ALGOL.
1966 Fernando J. Corbato For his pioneering work in organizing and spearheading the early development of the first practical large-scale time-sharing computer system, and for his tireless efforts in providing direction for the entire time-sharing concept.

 

2014 W. Wallace McDowell Award Subcommittee Chair

Scott Mahlke

2015 Nominations are closed.

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Deadline for 2016 nominations is 15 OCT 2015

 

Brown University Computer Science Professor Maurice Herlihy Named Recipient of 2013 Wallace McDowell Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 28 March 2013 – Maurice Herlihy, a computer science professor at Brown University, has been named the 2013 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's prestigious W. Wallace McDowell Award for his contributions to multiprocessor computation.

Herlihy, whose research focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of concurrent and distributed computing, was recognized for his "fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of multi-processor computation." His early work on wait-free synchronization showed that different synchronization operations have different computational power, but that any operation that can solve consensus is universal.

The McDowell Award is given to individuals for outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other innovative contributions in the field of computing. The award may be given for a single contribution of great merit or a series of lesser contributions that have had or are expected to have an important influence on the computer field. It consists of a bronze medal and a $2,000 honorarium.

Working with Jeannette Wing, Herlihy invented the notion of linearizability, a popular correctness condition for concurrent data structures. He developed counting networks, a class of highly-concurrent, low-contention data structures for counting and related tasks, with James Aspnes and Nir Shavit. Also with Shavit, he developed new ways to reason about distributed algorithms, based on combinatorial and algebraic topology, yielding new lower bounds to previously unsolved problems. With Eliot Moss, Herlihy co-invented transactional memory, a multiprocessor synchronization architecture that has been incorporated into recent processors by Intel and IBM.

Herlihy has an AB in Mathematics from Harvard University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and on the staff of DEC Cambridge Research Lab and was the recipient of the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, the 2004 Goedel Prize in Theoretical Computer Science, and the 2012 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing. He is an ACM Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

One of computing's most prestigious individual honors, the W. Wallace McDowell Award has a list of past winners that reads like a who's who of industry giants. They include FORTRAN creator John W. Backus (1967); supercomputer pioneers Seymour Cray (1968), Gene Amdahl (1976), and Ken Kennedy (1995); the architect of IBM's mainframe computer Frederick Brooks (1970); Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore (1978); Donald Knuth, the father of algorithm analysis (1980); microprocessor inventor Federico Faggin (1994); World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee (1996); Lotus Notes creator and Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie (2000); and IBM Fellow Ronald Fagin (2012).

McDowell, who spent decades working for IBM, directed development of the first commercial electronic calculator. He was later responsible for development of major advances, including IBM's card-programmed calculator, magnetic drums and tape units, magnetic core and disc storage, the company's "700" systems, and the Naval Ordinance Research Calculator. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/wallace.

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Ronald Fagin Is Recipient of IEEE Computer Society
W. Wallace McDowell Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 26 March, 2012 – Ronald Fagin, best known for his pioneering work in database theory, finite model theory, and reasoning about knowledge, has been selected as the 2012 winner of the prestigious W. Wallace McDowell Award.

Fagin, who won a 2011 IEEE Technical Achievement Award "for pioneering contributions to the theory of rank and score aggregation," received the McDowell Award this year for making "fundamental and lasting contributions to the theory of databases."

One of computing's most prestigious individual honors, the W. Wallace McDowell Award has a list of past winners that reads like a who's who of industry giants. They include FORTRAN creator John W. Backus (1967); supercomputer pioneers Seymour Cray (1968), Gene Amdahl (1976), and Ken Kennedy (1995); the architect of IBM's mainframe computer Frederick Brooks (1970); Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore (1978); Donald Knuth, the father of algorithm analysis (1980); microprocessor inventor Federico Faggin (1994); World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee (1996); and Lotus Notes creator and Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie (2000).

Manager of the Foundations of Computer Science group at IBM Almaden Research Center, and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, Fagin has received an IBM Corporate Award, eight IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, an IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and two IBM key patent awards.

Fagin co-authored the book "Reasoning about Knowledge," and has published more than 100 papers and served on more than 30 conference program committees and as program committee chair of four different conferences.  He received his BA in mathematics from Dartmouth College, and his PhD in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Fagin was named an IEEE Fellow for "contributions to finite-model theory and to relational database theory," an ACM Fellow for "creating the field of finite model theory and for fundamental research in relational database theory and in reasoning about knowledge," and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for "fundamental contributions to computational complexity theory, database theory, and the theory of multi-agent systems."

He holds a Docteur Honoris Causa commemoration from the University of Paris, and was named a "Highly Cited Researcher" by ISI (the Institute for Scientific Information). 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."

The McDowell Award is given to individuals for outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other innovative contributions in the field of computing. The award may be given for a single contribution of great merit or a series of lesser contributions that have had or are expected to have an important influence on the computer field. It consists of a bronze medal and a $2,000 honorarium. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/wallace.

McDowell, who spent decades working for IBM, directed development of the first commercial electronic calculator. He was later responsible for development of major advances, including IBM's card-programmed calculator, magnetic drums and tape units, magnetic core and disc storage, the company's "700" systems, and the Naval Ordinance Research Calculator.

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Ian F. Akyildiz Is Recipient of McDowell Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 7 March, 2011 – Ian F. Akyildiz, Ken Byers Chair Professor in Telecommunications at Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the 2011 winner of the prestigious W. Wallace McDowell Award.

The McDowell Award is given to individuals for outstanding recent theoretical, design, educational, practical, or other innovative contributions in the field of computing. Akyildiz was recognized "for pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols."

Akyildiz is director of Georgia Tech's Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory. He has held visiting professorships at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile; Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure Télécommunications in Paris, France; Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña in Barcelona, Spain; and Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

He is the editor-in-chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) as well as the founding editor-in-chief of Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier). He is a past editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (1996-2001), Kluwer Journal of Cluster Computing (1997-2001), ACM-Springer Multimedia Systems (1995-2002), IEEE Transactions on Computers (1992-1996), and ACM-Springer Wireless Networks (1995-2005).

He was the technical program chair of the Ninth IEEE Computer Communications workshop in 1994, ACM MobiCom '96, IEEE INFOCOM '98, and IEEE ICC 2003. He was the general chair for ACM MobiCom 2002 and co-founded the ACM SenSys Conference.

Akyildiz serves on the advisory board of several research centers, journals, conferences, and publication companies. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in computer engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981, and 1984, respectively.

The award will be presented at an awards dinner on Wednesday, 25 May in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Jiawei Han Recipient of McDowell Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 30 April, 2010 – Jiawei Han, a computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the 2009 winner of the prestigious W. Wallace McDowell Award.

Jiawei has been working on research into data mining, information network analysis, data warehousing, stream mining, spatiotemporal and multimedia data mining, text and Web mining, and software bug mining. With more than 400 conference and journal publications to his credit, Han has chaired or participated in more than 100 international conference program committees.

He previously served on the editorial board for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Journal of Computer Science and Technology, and Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. He is currently the founding editor in chief of ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD).

Jiawei has received IBM Faculty Awards, an HP Innovation Award, the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2002 International Conference on Data Mining, a 2004 ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award, and an IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 2005.

An IEEE and ACM Fellow, Jiawei is currently director of the Information Network Academic Research Center (INARC) supported by the Network Science-Collaborative Technology Alliance (NS-CTA) program of US Army Research Lab. He is author of the textbook "Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques" (Morgan Kaufmann).

 

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