Ahmed Louri Named to Receive IEEE CS 2020 McCluskey Technical Achievement Award

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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 3 March 2020Prof. Ahmed Louri, IEEE Fellow, has been selected to receive the IEEE Computer Society 2020 Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award, “for pioneering contributions to the solution of on-chip and off-chip communication problems for parallel computing and manycore architectures.”

The IEEE Computer Society Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award is given for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past 10 to 15 years. Contributions must have significantly promoted technical progress in the field.

Prof. Ahmed Louri

Louri is the David and Marilyn Karlgaard Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the George Washington University (GW), and the director of GW’s High Performance Computing Architectures and Technologies Laboratory (HPCAT).

For over 30 years, Louri has done seminal work on the development of general frameworks for scalable, energy-efficient, high-performance, and reliable communications for parallel computing systems. In particular, he has accomplished fundamental and pioneering work in the critical areas of scalable and reliable multiprocessors and energy-efficient, fault-tolerant and high-performance network-on-chips for multicore and manycore architectures. His recent research work focuses on accelerator-rich reconfigurable heterogeneous architectures; machine learning techniques for efficient computing, memory, and interconnect systems, and future parallel computing models and architectures, including deep neural networks, and approximate computing.

He has published more than 180 refereed journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers and is the co-inventor on several US and international patents.  Louri’s research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and industrial corporations including Intel, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Raytheon, Physical Optics Corporation, US West Technologies, and several others. He has received best article awards and Best Paper Awards at several conferences, and been named a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at several international institutions.

Louri served as a Program Director in the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He directed the core computer architecture program and was on the management team of several cross-cutting programs. While at NSF, he initiated multidisciplinary research programs in several key areas of computer architecture, high-performance computing, emerging technologies, resiliency, and security. The most notable among these is the Scalable Parallelism in the Extreme Program (SPX), which is now in its sixth year.

Louri  served as steering committee chair, program committee chair, general chair, and keynote speaker of many IEEE/ACM international conferences and symposia including being the general chair for the 25th IEEE CS Annual Symposium of the High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA, 2019), the general chair of the 21st IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC-2019), the program committee area chair of 34th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed  Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2020),  and the general chair of the 13th IEEE CS Annual Symposium of the High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA, 2007).  He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, the flagship journal for the IEEE Computer Society, and also serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transaction on Sustainable Computing, and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing.  For more details of Prof. Louri’s HPCAT Lab, please see https://hpcat.seas.gwu.edu/.

Consisting of a certificate and a $2,000 honorarium, the award will be presented at the Computer Society’s annual awards dinner on 27 May 2020 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner during the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors meeting.

Further information about the award, including past recipients, can be found at www.computer.org/volunteering/awards/technical-achievement.

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