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ACM Council on Women Honors Leader in Reliability of Computer Systems

MIT's Lynch Named "Athena Lecturer" for Advances in Distributed Systems that Enable Dependable Internet and Wireless Network Applications

ACM’s Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) has named Nancy Lynch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the 2012-2013 Athena Lecturer. She developed mathematical approaches to understanding the capabilities of distributed systems, which rely on multiple processors for computation and coordination. These systems include traditional wired networks, modern mobile communications, cloud computing systems, parallel computers, and embedded computers in factory machinery. Her contributions include modeling and proof techniques, algorithms, and impossibility results that are now in the toolbox of computer scientists who design distributed systems.

"Lynch's work has influenced both theoreticians and practitioners," said Mary Jane Irwin, who heads the ACM-W Athena Lecturer award committee. "Her ability to formulate many of the core problems of the field in clear and precise ways has provided a foundation that allows computer system designers to find ways to work around the limitations she verified, and to solve problems with high probability."

The Athena Lecturer award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. It includes a $10,000 honorarium provided by Google Inc. Lynch's Athena Lecture will be delivered at the 2013 joint meeting of the Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) and the Symposium on Parallel Algorithms and Architectures (SPAA). PODC is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) and the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computations Theory (SIGACT). SPAA is sponsored by SIGACT and the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH).

The award will be presented at the ACM Awards Banquet, June 16, in San Francisco, CA.

Read the press release.

More information on this award on the ACM Awards site.