IEEE Computer Society to Honor 18 Computing Professionals

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 2 June, 2010 –The IEEE Computer Society on 9 June will honor 18 computer science professionals who have made their mark on the computing industry with remarkable technical achievements and contributions.
The awards presentation will take place at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, Colorado, in conjunction with the Computer Society’s annual meeting. Coming from around the world and spanning decades of technology development, the honorees have made important and long-lasting contributions in such diverse areas as biometric systems, computational social networks, education, multimedia content analysis, privacy protection, and trust management.
They include:
• Cisco Systems founders Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner;
• Dharma P. Agrawal, a University of Cincinnati computer science professor and leading expert in ad-hoc, sensor, and mesh wireless and mobile networks;
• Kenneth P. Birman, the N. Rama Rao Chair at Cornell University; whose work has focused on the development of trustworthy distributed computing systems;
• Lynn Conway, whose pioneering contributions include the development of scalable MOS design rules, simplified methods for silicon chip design, and a revolutionary teaching method for VLSI system design;
• Elena Ferrari, a computer science professor at Italy’s University of Insubria, an expert in data management systems;
• Venu Govindaraju, a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Buffalo, whose work in handwriting recognition led to systems in use by the U.S. Postal Service, Australia Post, and the UK Royal Mail;
• Tyrone Grandison, program manager for IBM Services Research’s healthcare transformation group, who is developing innovative solutions for ensuring patient privacy and integrating information to create more complete views of patients;
• Willis K. King, a computer science professor at the University of Houston, who has been an active volunteer in accreditation activities since the early 1980s;
• Krishna V. Palem, the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computing at Rice University, a leading expert in embedded computing;
• Jean E. Sammet, one of the first developers and researchers in programming languages;
• Eunice E. Santos, computer science chair at the University of Texas at El Paso and director of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration, a leading expert in large-scale distributed processing and computational modeling;
• Ashok N. Srivastava, principal investigator for NASA’s Integrated Vehicle Health Management project, and an expert on data mining; and
• Hong-Jiang Zhang, CTO for Microsoft China Research and Development Group and managing director of the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center, who is well-recognized for his leadership in media computing;
Several awards recognize the contributions of those teaching the next generation of computer scientists. Judy Robertson, a senior lecturer in computer science at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, is the recipient of the Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award. Jack Davidson and James P. Cohoon, computer science professors at the University of Virginia, are the recipients of the 2008 Taylor L. Booth Education Award. Michael T. Heath, computer science chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and director of the Computational Science and Engineering Program and the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets, is the winner of the 2009 Booth award.
The awards presentation will be held in the Colorado Ballroom A/B at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St. and begin at 6 p.m. local time. For more information on the award winners, visit

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