I feel so privileged to be able to post these announcements.
Aydın Buluç, a great scholar and a good friend, has received the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers. This award recognizes up to three individuals who have made outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions in the field of scalable computing within five years of receiving their PhD degree as of January 1 of the year of the award. Aydın received a plaque at the SC15 conference that was held in Austin, TX in Nov. 15-20, 2015.
SIAM PP16 (April 12-15, 2016 Paris) program just came out. Aydın Buluç, Alex Pothen, and I will be managing a CSC mini-symposium with three parts.
The mini has the following description:
Combinatorial algorithms and tools are used in enabling parallel scientific computing applications. The general approach is to identify performance issues in an application and design, analyze, implement combinatorial algorithms to tackle the identified issues. The proposed minisymposium gathers 12 talks, covering applications in bioinformatics, solvers of linear systems, and data analysis; and graph algorithms for those applications. The objective is to summarize the latest combinatorial algorithmic developments and the needs of the applications. The goal is to cross-fertilize the both domains: the applications will raise new challenges to the combinatorial algorithms, and the combinatorial algorithms will address some of the existing problems of the applications.
We have received some very good news. Three of our colleagues received recognition from two different technical societies.
Umit V. Catalyurek and Tim Davis have been elevated to IEEE Fellow. Umit’s elevation included the citation “for contributions to combinatorial scientific computing and parallel computing” and Tim’s included “for contributions to sparse matrix algorithms and software”. This is a great accomplishment as there is a rigorous evaluation procedure. Here is a link to the complete list of IEEE 2016 Fellows.
Ali Pinar has been named ACM Distinguished Scientist. This attests his great contributions to the advancement of the science of computing, and to building the knowledge base within the field of computer science. Here is a link to the complete list of ACM Distinguished Members.
Here is what Tim says on this occasion:
It is really an amazing honor. IEEE is the first association I joined, way back in the early 80s when I was an undergraduate at Purdue. So it brings back many fond memories. I used SPICE in my undergrad days for my circuit simulation homework problems … and now there are circuit simulators out there, commercial and government-lab, that use my solvers. It’s hard to believe that it’s come full circle, and it’s very encouraging news to hear that I was elected as an IEEE Fellow. I have had lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season (I got the news just days before Thanksgiving).
Congratulations to Umit, Tim and Ali for the recognition!