Katabi, Shavit selected as 2013 ACM Fellows

December 9, 2013

Cited for contributions in wireless networking, and contributions to theory and practice of synchronization in concurrent programming, respectively

Professors Dina Katabi and Nir Shavit have been honored as 2013 ACM Fellows

Professors Dina Katabi and Nir N. Shavit have been elected to 2013 Fellow by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). As part of a select 1% of ACM membership, Fellows are recognized “for their contributions to computing that are driving innovations across multiple domains and disciplines - accelerating the digital revolution and impacting every dimension of how we live work and play.” Candidates for Fellow must have five years of continuous professional membership.

Professor Katabi is cited by the ACM "For contributions in cross-layer wireless networking, wireless network coding, and Internet congestion control". As one of the top computer science researchers working in the field of wireless networks, Dina has delivered multiple breakthrough results in her field including new methods for resolving wireless interference and increasing the throughput of WiFi and cellular networks. She has also produced important results in multidisciplinary areas including the sparse Fourier Transform and wireless network coding. Recently, Dina was selected as a MacArthur Fellow and she received the 2013 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award in June.

Professor Shavit has been elected as an ACM Fellow with the following citation: “For contributions to the theory and practice of synchronization in concurrent programming.” Nir's research has focused on multiprocessor computing--from its mathematical foundations to its practical implementations. As multicore machines have gone mainstream, a number of his past 'theoretical' algorithms, paradigms and data structures algorithms have become essential elements in compilers and concurrency libraries distributed to tens of millions of desktops around the world. For his theoretical work on applying tools from algebraic topology to model shared memory computability, Nir was awarded the 2004 Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, and in 2012, he was awarded the Dijkstra prize for the introduction and first implementation of software transactional memory.

Further reading:
ACM Names Fellows for Computing Advances that Are Transforming Science and Society