Nickolai Zeldovich, an associate professor in EECS, received the 2017 Mark Weiser Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS). Zeldovich received the award during the recent international Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) in Shanghai, China.
The award is presented annually to “an individual who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in operating systems research,” according to SIGOPS. It is named in memory of Mark Weiser (1952-1999), who was a visionary computer scientist and chief technology officer of the Xerox Corp.’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
Zeldovich is also a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research interests are in building practical secure systems, from operating systems and hardware to programming languages and security analysis tools. In 2005, he co-founded MokaFive, a company focused on improving desktop management and mobility using x86 virtualization.
He has also received a Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, the MIT EECS Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award, and MIT’s Harold E Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award. He received a PhD from Stanford University, where he developed HiStar, an operating system designed to minimize the amount of trusted code by controlling information flow.