2018 ACM Fellows Honored for Pivotal Achievements that Underpin the Digital Age

December 5, 2018

NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2018 — ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named 56 members ACM Fellows for significant contributions in areas including computer architecture, mobile networks, robotics, and systems security. The accomplishments of the 2018 ACM Fellows underpin the technologies that define the digital age and greatly impact our professional and personal lives. ACM Fellows are composed of an elite group that represents less than 1% of the Association’s global membership.

“In society, when we identify our tech leaders, we often think of men and women in industry who have made technologies pervasive while building major corporations,” said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. “At the same time, the dedication, collaborative spirit and creativity of the computing professionals who initially conceived and developed these technologies goes unsung.  The ACM Fellows program publicly recognizes the people who made key contributions to the technologies we enjoy. Even when their work did not directly result in a specific technology, they have made major theoretical contributions that have advanced the science of computing. We are honored to add a new class of Fellows to ACM’s ranks and we look forward to the guidance and counsel they will provide to our organization.” Underscoring ACM’s global reach, the 2018 Fellows hail from universities, companies and research centers in Finland, Greece, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US.

The 2018 Fellows have been cited for numerous contributions in areas including accessibility, augmented reality, algorithmic game theory, data mining, storage, software and the World Wide Web.

ACM will formally recognize its 2018 Fellows at the annual Awards Banquet, to be held in San Francisco on June 15, 2019. Additional information about the 2018 ACM Fellows, as well as previous ACM Fellows , is available through the ACM Fellows site.

2018 ACM Fellows

Gul Agha

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For research in concurrent programming and formal methods, specifically the Actor Model


Krste Asanovic

University of California, Berkeley

For contributions to computer architecture, including the open RISC-V instruction set and Agile hardware


N Asokan

Aalto University

For contributions to systems security and privacy, especially of mobile systems


Paul Barham

Google Brain

For contributions to the design of operating systems and scalable distributed information processing systems


Peter L. Bartlett

University of California, Berkeley

For contributions to the theory of machine learning


David Basin

ETH Zurich

For contributions to Information Security and Formal Methods


Elizabeth M. Belding

University of California, Santa Barbara

For contributions to communication in mobile networks and their deployment in developing regions


Rastislav Bodik

University of Washington

For contributions to program synthesis


Katy Borner

Indiana University

For contributions to methods and tools that enable users to render data into actionable insights


Amy S. Bruckman

Georgia Institute of Technology

For contributions to collaborative computing and foundational work in Internet research ethics


Jan Camenisch

IBM Research/DFINITY Labs Zurich

For contributions to privacy-enhancing cryptographic protocols and leadership in their practical realization


Adnan Darwiche

University of California, Los Angeles

For contributions to the foundations and technology of automated reasoning


Andre M. Dehon

University of Pennsylvania

For contributions to architecture exploration and  design automation of spatially programmable computing fabrics


Premkumar T. Devanbu

University of California, Davis

For contributions to using software data and meta-data to improve software tools and processes


Tamal Dey

Ohio State University

For contributions to computational geometry and computational topology


Sandhya Dwarkadas

University of Rochester

For contributions to shared memory and reconfigurability


Steven Feiner

Columbia University

For contributions to human-computer interaction, virtual and augmented reality, and 3D user interfaces


Tim Finin

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

For contributions to theory and practice of knowledge sharing in distributed systems and the World Wide Web


Thomas Funkhouser

Princeton University

For research contributions in computer graphics


Minos Garofalakis

Athena Research Center and Technical University of Crete

For contributions to data processing and analytics, particularly data streaming, approximation and uncertainty


Mario Gerla

University of California, Los Angeles

For contributions to design and analysis of mobile wireless protocols for vehicular safety and traffic applications


Juan E. Gilbert

University of Florida

For contributions to broadening participation in computing and to accessible voting technologies


Mohammad T. Hajiaghayi

University of Maryland, College Park

For contributions to the fields of algorithmic graph theory and algorithmic game theory



Dan Halperin

Tel Aviv University

For contributions to robust geometric computing and applications to robotics and automation


Johan Håstad

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

For contributions in circuit complexity, approximability and inapproximability, and foundations of pseudorandomness


Tian He

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

For contributions to wireless networks, sensing systems, and Internet of things (IoT).


Wendi Beth Heinzelman

University of Rochester

For contributions to wireless communication and sensing systems


Aaron Hertzmann

Adobe Research

For contributions to computer graphics, non-photo realistic rendering, computer animation and machine learning


Jessica K. Hodgins

Carnegie Mellon University

For contributions to character animation, human simulation, and humanoid robotics


John Hughes

Chalmers University

For contributions to software testing and functional programming


Charles Lee Isbell

Georgia Institute of Technology

For contributions to interactive machine learning; and for contributions to increasing access and diversity in computing


Kimberly Keeton

Hewlett Packard Laboratories

For contributions to improving the dependability, manageability, and usability of storage and novel memory

Sanjeev Khanna

University of Pennsylvania

For contributions to intractability and approximation of algorithms


Lillian Lee

Cornell University

For contributions to natural language processing, sentiment analysis, and computational social science


Tom Leighton

Akamai Technologies

For his leadership in the establishment of content delivery networks, and his contributions to algorithm design 

Fei-Fei Li

Stanford University

For contributions in building large knowledge bases for machine learning and visual understanding


Michael Littman

Brown University

For contributions to the design and analysis of sequential decision making algorithms in artificial intelligence


Huan Liu

Arizona State University

For contributions in feature selection for data mining and knowledge discovery and in social computing


Jiebo Luo

University of Rochester
For contributions to multimedia content analysis and social multimedia informatics


Bruce M. Maggs

Duke University

For contributions to the development of content distribution networks and the theory of computer networks


Bangalore S. Manjunath

University of California, Santa Barbara 
For contributions to image search and retrieval with applications in digital libraries, marine sciences, and biology

Vishal Misra

Columbia University and Google

For contributions to network traffic modeling, congestion control and Internet economics 


Frank Mueller

North Carolina State University

For contributions to the predictability of real-time systems, resilience in high-performance computing and multi-threading techniques


David Parkes

Harvard University

For contributions to computational markets, including novel mechanism design and incentive engineering methods


Gurudatta Parulkar

Open Networking Foundation (ONF)

For contributions to improving Internet architecture and open source software


Toniann Pitassi

University of Toronto

For contributions to research and education in the fields of computational and proof complexity


Lili Qiu

University of Texas at Austin

For contributions to the design and analysis of wireless network protocols and mobile systems


Matthew Roughan

University of Adelaide

For contributions to Internet measurement and analysis, with applications to network engineering


Amit Sahai

University of California, Los Angeles

For contributions to cryptography and to the development of indistinguishability obfuscation



Alex Snoeren

University of California, San Diego

For innovative approaches to measuring, managing and detecting network traffic

Gerald Tesauro

IBM Research, Yorktown

For contributions to methods, tools, and systems for security and privacy of data and applications


Bhavani Thuraisingham

University of Texas at Dallas

For contributions to methods, tools, and systems for security and privacy of data and applications


Salil Vadhan

Harvard University

For advancing computational complexity and cryptography, and for promoting public support for theoretical computer science

Ellen M. Voorhees

National Institute of Standards and Technology

For contributions in evaluation of information retrieval, question answering, and other language technologies


Avi Wigderson

Institute for Advanced Study

For contributions to theoretical computer science and mathematics


Alec Wolman

Microsoft Research

For contributions to trusted mobile systems and services


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing 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.

Source: ACM

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