2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age

Computing Professionals Honored for Foundational Work in Diverse Areas

New York, NY, December 11, 2019—ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named 58 members ACM Fellows for wide-ranging and fundamental contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cloud computing, combating cybercrime, quantum computing and wireless networking. The accomplishments of the 2019 ACM Fellows underpin the technologies that define the digital age and greatly impact our professional and personal lives. ACM Fellows comprise an elite group that represents less than 1% of the Association’s global membership.

"Computing technology has had a tremendous impact in shaping how we live and work today,” said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake in announcing the 2019 ACM Fellows. “All of the technologies that directly or indirectly influence us are the result of countless hours of collaborative and/or individual work, as well as creative inspiration and, at times, informed risk-taking. Each year, we look forward to welcoming some of the most outstanding individuals as Fellows. The ACM Fellows program is a cornerstone of our overall recognition effort. In highlighting the accomplishments of the ACM Fellows, we hope to give credit where it is due, while also educating the public about the extraordinary array of areas in which computing professionals work."

Underscoring ACM’s global reach, the 2019 Fellows hail from universities, companies and research centers in Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States.

The contributions of the 2019 Fellows run the gamut of the many sub-disciplines of the computing field―including artificial intelligence, cloud computing, computer graphics, computational biology, data science, security and privacy, software engineering, quantum computing, and web science, to name a few.

Additional information about the 2019 ACM Fellows, as well as previously named ACM Fellows, is available through the ACM Fellows site.


2019 ACM Fellows

Scott J. Aaronson
University of Texas
For contributions to quantum computing and computational complexity

Songwu Lu
University of California, Los Angeles
For helping create a more resilient and performant cellular network

Tarek F. Abdelzaher
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For interdisciplinary contributions that bridge cyber-physical systems, social sensing, real-time computing, and control

Wendy Elizabeth Mackay
For contributions to human-computer interaction, mixed reality and participatory design, and leadership in ACM SIGCHI

Saman Amarasinghe
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For contributions to high performance computing on modern hardware platforms, domain-specific languages, and compilation techniques

Diana Marculescu
University of Texas at Austin
For contributions to the design and optimization of energy-aware computing systems

Kavita Bala
Cornell University
For contributions to rendering and scene understanding

Sheila McIlraith
University of Toronto
For contributions to knowledge representation and its applications to automated planning and semantic web services

Magdalena Balazinska
University of Washington
For contributions to scalable distributed data systems

Rada Mihalcea
University of Michigan
For contributions to natural language processing, with innovations in data-driven and graph-based language processing

Paul Beame
University of Washington
For contributions in computational and proof complexity and their applications, and for outstanding service

Robin R. Murphy
Texas A&M University
For contributions in founding and advancing the field of computing for disasters and robotics

Emery D. Berger
University of Massachusetts Amherst
For contributions in memory management and programming language implementation

Marc Najork
For contributions to web search and web science

Ronald F. Boisvert
National Institute of Standards and Technology
For contributions to mathematical software and service to the profession

Jason Nieh
Columbia University
For contributions to operating systems, virtualization, and computer science education

Christian Cachin
University of Bern
For contributions to secure distributed computing and cryptographic protocols

Hanspeter Pfister
Harvard University
For contributions to volume rendering, visualization, computer graphics, and computer vision applications

Brad Calder
For contributions to cloud storage, processor simulation, replay, and feedback-directed optimization of systems and applications

Timothy M. Pinkston
University of Southern California
For contributions to interconnection network routing algorithms and architectures, and leadership in expanding computing research

Diego Calvanese
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
For contributions to description logics and their applications in data management and software engineering

Mihai Pop
University of Maryland, College Park
For contributions to computational biology, algorithms, and software for DNA sequence analysis and sequence assembly

Srdjan Capkun
Swiss Federal Polytechnic, Zurich
For contributions to systems and wireless network security

Andreas Reuter
Heidelberg University/Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
For contributions to database concurrency control and for service to the community

Claire Cardie
Cornell University
For contributions to natural language processing, including coreference resolution, information and opinion extraction

Jeffrey S. Rosenschein
Hebrew University
For contributions to multi-agent systems, in particular, the use of game theory in multi-agent systems

Timothy M. Chan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For contributions to computational geometry, algorithms, and data structures

Srinivasan Seshan
Carnegie Mellon University
For contributions to computer networking, mobile computing and wireless communications

Kanianthra Mani Chandy
California Institute of Technology
For contributions to queueing networks, performance analysis, distributed and parallel programming, and distributed simulation

Prashant J. Shenoy
University of Massachusetts Amherst
For contributions to the modeling and design of distributed systems

Xilin Chen
Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
For contributions to face and sign language recognition and multimedia systems

Peter W. Shor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For contributions to quantum computing, information theory, and randomized algorithms

Elizabeth F. Churchill
For contributions to human-computer interaction and service to ACM

Mona Singh
Princeton University
For contributions to computational biology, spearheading algorithmic and machine learning approaches for characterizing proteins and their interactions

Philip R. Cohen
Monash University
For contributions to the theory and practice of multi-agent systems, human-computer dialogue, and multimodal interaction     

Ramesh K. Sitaraman
University of Massachusetts Amherst
For contributions to content delivery networks, distributed systems, and scalable Internet services

Vincent Conitzer
Duke University
For contributions to game theory, social choice theory, and mechanism design

Dawn Song
University of California, Berkeley
For contributions to security and privacy

Noshir Contractor
Northwestern University
For contributions to advances in computational social science, network science and web science

Salvatore J. Stolfo
Columbia University
For contributions to machine-learning-based cybersecurity and parallel hardware for database inference systems

Matthew B. Dwyer
University of Virginia
For contributions to the specification and analysis of software

Dacheng Tao
The University of Sydney
For contributions to representation learning and its applications

Elena Ferrari
University of Insubria
For contributions to security and privacy of data and social network systems

Moshe Tennenholtz
For contributions to AI and algorithmic game theory

Michael J. Freedman
Princeton University
For contributions to robust distributed systems for the modern cloud

Giovanni Vigna
University of California, Santa Barbara
For contributions to improving the security of the Internet and combating cybercrime

Deborah Frincke
US National Security Agency
For contributions in education, the practice of research, and the leadership of cybersecurity

Nisheeth K. Vishnoi
Yale University
For contributions to theoretical computer science and its connections with mathematics, sciences, and social sciences

Lise Getoor
University of California, Santa Cruz
For contributions to machine learning, reasoning under uncertainty, and responsible data science

Darrell Whitley
Colorado State University
For technical and professional leadership in the field of genetic and evolutionary computation

Maria L. Gini
University of Minnesota
For contributions to robotics and multi-agent systems and a lifelong commitment to diversity in computing

Yuan Xie
University of California, Santa Barbara
For contributions to the design techniques and tools for the implementation and evaluation of computer architectures

Subbarao Kambhampati
Arizona State University
For contributions to automated planning and human-aware AI systems and leadership within the field

Moustafa Amin Youssef
Alexandria University
For contributions to location tracking algorithms

Tamara G. Kolda
Sandia National Laboratories
For innovations in algorithms for tensor decompositions, contributions to data science, and community leadership     

Carlo A. Zaniolo
University of California, Los Angeles
For contributions to the theory and practice of data and knowledge-base systems

Xiang-Yang Li
University of Science and Technology of China
For contributions to the design, analysis and optimization of IoT and mobile systems

Lidong Zhou
Microsoft Research Asia
For contributions to trustworthy distributed computing and to systems research and education in China

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

About the ACM Fellows Program

The ACM Fellows Program, initiated in 1993, celebrates the exceptional contributions of the leading members in the computing field.  These individuals have helped to enlighten researchers, developers, practitioners and end users of information technology throughout the world. The new ACM Fellows join a distinguished list of colleagues to whom ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership in computing and information technology.

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