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Avižienis Wins Eckert-Mauchly Award

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Figure    Algirdas Avižienis was recognized for his contributions to fault-tolerant computer architectures and computer arithmetic.

Algirdas Avižienis of the University of California, Los Angeles, recently won the IEEE/ACM Eckert- Mauchly Award for fundamental contributions to fault-tolerant computer architectures and computer arithmetic. Avižienis coined the term fault-tolerant computing to capture the unique aspects of his ideas for creating a low-power, long-life computer using self-repairing techniques.

At the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, his conceptual designs led to construction of the Self-Testing and Repairing (STAR) computer, which was instrumental to the JPL mission to explore space. Moving to UCLA from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Avižienis expanded his research to fault-tolerant system architectures and dependability modeling. His contributions to dependable computing addressed ways to multiversion programming to provide tolerance against software faults.

Avižienis subsequently developed redundant number systems for fast digital arithmetic and efficient algorithms for error-coded operations. His work on error-detecting codes for VLSI (very large-scale integration) design led to new techniques for implementing self-checking programmable logic arrays and designing improved chip yields.

The Eckert-Mauchly Award is one of the computer architecture community's most prestigious awards. Avižienis received the 2012 award at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture on 12 June in Portland, Oregon.

Other Achievements and Honors

In addition to mentoring many PhD and MS students, Avižienis established one of the first graduate courses in the US dedicated to computer algorithms and processors. He also chaired the first IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing in 1969, and established the first international conference. When Lithuania achieved independence in 1990, Avižienis helped establish Western-style research and PhD programs at Lithuania's national university, Vytautas Magnus, which is located in the town where he was born.

An IEEE Fellow, Avižienis has also received the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Information Systems Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Award, and the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Silver Core Award. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Eckert-Mauchly Award

The IEEE Computer Society and ACM cosponsor the Eckert-Mauchly Award, which was initiated in 1979. It recognizes contributions to computer and digital systems architecture and comes with a $5,000 prize. The award was named for John Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who collaborated on the design and construction of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the pioneering large-scale electronic computing machine that was completed in 1947.

To learn more about Computer Society awards, including the Eckert-Mauchly Award, visit

Society Honors 14 Technologists at Awards Dinner

Honorees at this year's IEEE Computer Society annual awards dinner include the inventor of Matlab, two dedicated computer science educators, a parallel programming languages expert, and innovators in the fields of data mining, distributed computing, database theory, computer standards, and other technologies. The ceremony took place on 13 June in Seattle.

Carl K. Chang, computer science professor and chair at Iowa State University, received the Richard E. Merwin Distinguished Service Award for exemplary leadership and service to the IEEE Computer Society and the profession.

The 2012 Computer Pioneer Award went to Cleve Moler—cofounder, chairman, and chief mathematician of MathWorks—for his invention of the Matlab programming environment for solving technical computing problems.

Massachusetts Institute of Tech-nology professor Arvind received the 2012 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award for his contributions to research in dataflow computing, memory models, and cache coherence protocols.

Ronald Fagin, an IBM Fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Center, received the W. Wallace McDowell Award for his contributions to database theory.

Beng Chin Ooi, professor of computer science and dean of the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore, received the Tsutomu Kanai Award for pioneering research in distributed database management and peer-to-peer-based enterprise quality management.

The Hans Karlsson Award for achievement in computer standards went to Paul Croll, IEEE Computer Society vice president for Technical and Conference Activities.

Two computer science professors were honored for their innovation and dedication to teaching the next generation of technology leaders. Mark Guzdial, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Interactive Computing, was recognized with the 2012 Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award for innovative teaching methods. Stanford University computer science professor Eric Roberts, principal architect of the introductory programming sequence, received the 2012 Taylor L. Booth Education Award.

Recipients of 2012 Technical Achievement Awards included

  • Michael Franz, professor of computer science at the University of California, Irvine, for pioneering contributions to just-in-time compilation and optimization, significantly advancing Web application technology;
  • Johannes Gehrke, computer science professor at Cornell University, for pioneering contributions to data mining and distributed-query-processing techniques;
  • Ling Liu, computer science professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, for pioneering contributions to Internet data management and decentralized trust management;
  • Klara Nahrstedt, computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for contributions to end-to-end quality of service and resource management in wired and wireless networks;
  • Mei-Ling Shyu, an associate electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of Miami, for pioneering contributions to multimedia data mining, management, and retrieval; and
  • Xindong Wu, a professor of computer science at the University of Vermont, for pioneering contributions to data mining and applications.

The IEEE Computer Society awards program recognizes outstanding work by computing professionals who advance the field through exceptional technical achievement and service to the profession and to society. For more information, visit

Computer Society Announces 2012 Election Slate

Each year, members of the IEEE Computer Society vote for the officers who will plan and direct the Society's operations in the coming year. Computer Society officers lead efforts in such areas as publications, educational activities, conferences, and electronic products and services, and decide matters of administrative practice and policy for the Society as a whole. The volunteers selected this year will serve under 2013 president David Alan Grier, who was voted president-elect in last year's election.

Candidates for office reach the ballot in one of two ways: by Nominations Committee recommendation or by petition. The Nominations Committee accepts nominations from members through April each year. At its June meeting in Seattle, the current Board of Governors approved the slate of candidates brought forward by the Nominations Committee.

President-Elect and Vice-President Candidates

The 2012 IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors has approved Dejan S. Milojicic and Donald F. Shafer as candidates for 2013 president-elect/2014 president. The president oversees the Society's programs and operations and is a nonvoting member of most Society program boards and committees.

The board approved Thomas M. Conte and Paul R. Croll as candidates for first vice president. Candidates for second vice president are Elizabeth Burd and Paul Joannou.

After the elections, 2013 president David Alan Grier will appoint the two elected vice presidents to oversee two Society boards. At his discretion, Grier will select appointees to head the Society's other governing boards.

Board of Governors Candidates

The 21 members of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors serve rotating three-year terms in groups of seven. The 13 candidates for 2013 to 2015 terms on the Board of Governors are Ann DeMarle, Jean-Luc Gaudiot, Harold Javid, Ronald G. Jensen, Phillip Laplante, Simon Liu, Xun Luo, Cecilia Metra, Nita Patel, William (Bill) Pitts, Sattupathu V. Sankaran, Diomidis Spinellis, and Stefano Zanero.

The seven candidates who receive the most votes will assume seats on the Board starting in January 2013.

The election area of the Society's webpage and Computer's August issue will provide biographical sketches and candidate position statements for each nominee. The biographical sketches will detail the candidates' Computer Society and other professional activities, current employment, professional experience and accomplishments, degrees and majors, awards, and other honors. We encourage all members to take part in electing the Computer Society's leaders.

Visit for complete 2012 election details.

Infosys Adopts Society's Software Development Certifications

Infosys announced its adoption of the IEEE Computer Society's Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) and Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certifications. Infosys will use the two credentials to enhance software development standards within the company. The certifications are aimed at enhancing the training levels of software engineers among Infosys's 150,000 employees. The Computer Society will identify and train Software Engineering Certified Instructors (SECI) to lead efforts to prepare Infosys employees to take these certifications.

Infosys is the first major Indian corporation to become an IEEE Computer Society Registered Education Provider. More than a dozen REPs worldwide offer the Computer Society's certification and professional education programs.

"Infosys has always aimed at providing world-class training, education, and research facilities to its employees, and this partnership is a step in strengthening our efforts in this direction," said Srikantan Moorthy, senior vice president and group head of education and research at Infosys. "This learning alliance provides our employees a unique opportunity to raise their levels of competence through access to a rich repository of content and references developed by the IEEE Computer Society in collaboration with leaders from industry and academia."

The CSDA and CSDP are the first two certifications that conform to the ISO/IEC 24773 standard, which stipulates methods of certifying software engineering professionals worldwide. The basis of both certifications is the Computer Society's Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge.

The CSDA credential, intended for graduating software engineers and early-career software professionals, serves to bridge the gap between educational experience and real-world work. The CSDP credential, intended for mid-career professionals, confirms professionals' proficiency with established software development practices and demonstrates commitment and professionalism.

For more information on the Computer Society's certifications, see

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