IEEE Computer Society Establishes New IEEE-CS Charles Babbage Award

Los Alamitos, Calif., 02 September 2016 — The IEEE Computer Society announces a new IEEE-CS Charles Babbage Award established in memory of Charles Babbage in recognition of significant contributions in the field of parallel computation. This award covers all aspects of parallel computing including computational aspects, novel applications, parallel algorithms, theory of parallel computation, parallel computing technologies, among others.

Charles Babbage, who was an English mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer. Considered a “father of the computer,” Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex designs.

The award is open to all contributors at all stages of their careers. The winner of the award will be someone who has made an outstanding, innovative contribution or contributions to parallel computation. It is hoped, but not required, that the winner will have also contributed to the parallel computation community through teaching, mentoring, or community service.

Nominations are being accepted electronically. The award nomination requires a minimum of three endorsements and shall be presented to a single recipient.

The award, consisting of a certificate and a $1,000 honorarium, will be presented at the annual IEEE-CS International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) meeting. The winner will be invited to present a paper and/or presentation at the annual IEEE-CS IPDPS either at the time of the award or in the year following the award.

The IPDPS conference originated in 1986 as an activity of the Orange County (California) Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. The founders of the first International Parallel Processing Symposium (IPPS) were primarily engineers from the computer systems field and academics interested in computer science and engineering and high performance processing, looking to solve problems in diverse application areas through architectural and software innovations.

Learn more about the IEEE Computer Society Awards program.

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