IEEE Computer Society Awards

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2009 Technical Achievement Award: Venu Govindaraju

The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Technical Achievement Award to Venu Govindaraju for his pioneering contributions to biometrics systems. The Technical Achievement Award honors outstanding and innovative contributions to computer and information science and engineering, usually within the past 10 years. Dr. Govindaraju accepted his award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Venu Govindaraju is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). His seminal work in handwriting recognition was at the core of the first handwritten address interpretation system used by the US Postal Service. He was also the prime technical lead responsible for technology transfer to Lockheed Martin and Siemens Corporation for deployment by the US Postal Service, Australia Post, and UK Royal Mail. The Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS) that he founded in 2003 conducts research in biometrics, security, document recognition, and retrieval.

For more information about Venu Govindaraju: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/govindaraju
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2009 Technical Achievement Award: Tyrone Grandison

The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Technical Achievement Award to Tyrone Grandison for his pioneering contributions to secure and private data management.  The Technical Achievement Award honors outstanding and innovative contributions to computer and information science and engineering, usually within the past 10 years. Dr. Grandison accepted his award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Tyrone Grandison is currently the Program Manager for Core Healthcare Services in the Healthcare Transformation group of the IBM Services Research organization. His interests are in developing innovative solutions for ensuring patient privacy protection and for integrating information from multiple sources to enable better decision-making.

Prior to this, Dr. Grandison led the Intelligent Information Systems (Quest) team at the IBM Almaden Research Center. The team pioneered research in relational database privacy, disclosure-compliant query processing for RFID and mobile data networks, and security exception handling in healthcare information systems.

For more information about Tyrone Grandison: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/grandison
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2009 Technical Achievement Award: Eunice Santos

The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2010 Technical Achievement Award to Eunice E. Santos for her pioneering contributions to Computational Social Network Systems. The Technical Achievement Award honors outstanding and innovative contributions to computer and information science and engineering, usually within the past 10 years.

Eunice E. Santos is a leading expert and researcher in the areas of large-scale distributed processing, computational modeling, complex adaptive systems, and human modeling with applications to the biological, physical, and social sciences.
Dr. Santos was named chair of the University of Texas at El Paso's Department of Computer Science. She is also the Director of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration and the Director of the Center for Defense Systems Research.

For more information about Eunice E. Santos: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/santos
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2009 Technical Achievement Award: Ashok Srivastava

The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Technical Achievement Award to Ashok N. Srivastava for his pioneering contributions to intelligent information systems. The Technical Achievement Award honors outstanding and innovative contributions to computer and information science and engineering, usually within the past 10 years. Dr. Srivastava accepted his award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Ashok N. Srivatava is the Principal Investigator for the Integrated Vehicle Health Management research project at NASA. His current research focuses on the development of data mining algorithms for anomaly detection in massive data streams, kernel methods in machine learning, and text mining algorithms.

Dr. Srivastava is also the leader of the Intelligent Data Understanding group at NASA Ames Research Center. The group performs research and development of advanced machine learning and data mining algorithms in support of NASA missions.

For more information about Ashok N. Srivastava: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/srivastava
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2009 Technical Achievement Award: Hong-Jiang Zhang

The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Technical Achievement Award to Hong-Jiang Zhang for his pioneering contributions to multimedia content analysis systems.  The Technical Achievement Award honors outstanding and innovative contributions to computer and information science and engineering, usually within the past 10 years. Dr. Zhang accepted his award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Hong-Jiang  Zhang is the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft China Research and Development Group (ARD) and Managing Director of the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center (ATC).  He helps to chart Microsoft's research and development agenda, including identifying the needs of emerging markets, developing products and solutions, and developing the R&D operation into a global research, innovation, and product development base for Microsoft.    

Dr. Zhang was the Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research (MSR) Asia. While with MSR Asia, he led efforts to research and transfer technologies to Microsoft products in areas such as natural language computing, media computing, data mining, and Web search.

For more information about Hong-Jiang Zhang: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/zhang-ta
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2009 Taylor L. Booth Education Award: Michael T. Heath

The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Taylor L. Booth Education Award to Michael T. Heath for contributions to computational science and engineering education, curriculum and scholarship. The Taylor L. Booth Education Award honors outstanding records in computer science and engineering education. Professor Heath accepted his award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Michael T. Heath is Fulton Watson Copp Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is also director of both the Computational Science and Engineering Program and the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets. His research interests are in numerical analysis, particularly numerical linear algebra and optimization, and in parallel computing. He is author of the widely adopted textbook Scientific Computing: An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition.

For more information about Michael T. Heath: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/heath
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2009 IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award: Kenneth P. Birman


The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Tsutomu Kanai Award to Kenneth P. Birman for his contributions to distributed computing, fault tolerance, reliability, and distributed systems management. The Tsutomu Kanai Award recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions in the area of distributed computing systems. Professor Birman accepted his award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Kenneth P. Birman holds the N. Rama Rao Chair Professorship at Cornell University. His work has focused on the development of trustworthy distributed computing systems. Early in his career, he developed the Isis Toolkit, a reliable group communication system that introduced the virtual synchrony model for fault tolerance, used at the core of such mission-critical systems as the French Air Traffic Control System and the New York Stock Exchange.

For more information about Kenneth P. Birman: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/birman
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2009 IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award: Willis K. King


The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Award to Willis K. King for his exemplary service to the IEEE Computer Society and the computing profession at large. The Richard E. Merwin Award honors outstanding service to the profession at large, including significant service to the Computer Society. Dr. King accepted his award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Willis K. King has been a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Houston since 1969. He served as the IEEE Computer Society 2002 President and has been an active IEEE volunteer for 40 years. Dr. King also participated in the establishment of an accreditation program for computer science and the formation of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB), and was CSAB President from 1993-1995.

For more information about Willis K. King: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/WillisKing
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2009 IEEE Computer Society Computer Entrepreneur Award: Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner


The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Computer Entrepreneur Award to Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner for founding Cisco Systems and pioneering the commercialization of routing technology. The Computer Entrepreneur Award honors the technical and entrepreneurial leaders who are responsible for the growth of the computer industry. Mr. Bosack and Ms. Lerner accepted their award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

They co-founded Cisco Systems in 1986 and are largely responsible for pioneering the widespread commercialization of local area network (LAN) technology to connect geographically disparate computers over a multiprotocol router system. Through their leadership, a corporate technical and cultural foundation was put in place, which allowed Cisco to grow and dominate the marketplace. Today, Lerner is a successful entrepreneur, businesswoman, and devoted philanthropist. As CEO of XKL, LLC Bosack continues to drive technology innovation in his quest to bring fundamental change to worldwide telecommunications.

For more information about Leonard Bosack: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/bosack
For more information about Sandy Lerner: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/lerner
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2009 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award: Lynn Conway


The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Computer Pioneer Award to Lynn Conway for her contributions to superscalar architecture, multiple-issue dynamic instruction scheduling, and simplified VLSI design methods. The Computer Pioneer Award honors individuals whose contributions to the development of the computer field occur at least 15 years earlier. Professor Conway accepted her award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Lynn Conway is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emerita, at the University of Michigan. At IBM, she made foundational contributions to superscalar computer architecture in the mid-1960s, including the innovation of multiple-issue dynamic instruction scheduling (DIS). At Xerox PARC, Conway co-authored the famous "Mead-Conway" text and launched a world-wide revolution in VLSI system design in the late-1970s.

For more information about Lynn Conway: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/conway
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2009 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award: Jean E. Sammet


The IEEE Computer Society presented its 2009 Computer Pioneer Award to Jean E. Sammet for pioneering work as one of the first developers and researchers in programming languages. The Computer Pioneer Award honors individuals whose contributions to the development of the computer field occur at least 15 years earlier. Ms. Sammet accepted her award at the Computer Society's 9 June 2010 awards ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

Jean E. Sammet supervised the first scientific programming group for Sperry Gyroscope Co. from 1955-1958. While working at Sylvania Electric Products (1958-1962), she served as a key member of the original COBOL committee. She joined IBM in 1961 to manage the Boston Programming Center. She initiated the concept, and directed the development, of the first FORmula MAnipulation Compiler (the first used general language and system for manipulating nonnumeric algebraic expressions.) Sammet authored Programming Languages: History and Fundamentals, which was called an instant computer classic when published in 1969.

For more information about Jean E. Sammet: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/sammet
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2009 Technical Achievement Award: Sajal K. Das

 

2009 Technical Achievement Award: Timothy W. Finin

 

2009 Technical Achievement Award: John S. Bay