EECS professor and principal investigator with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, CSAIL, Robert Morris, has been awarded the 2010 Association of Computing Machinery, ACM's 2010 Mark Weiser Award at the annual SIGOPS meeting on October 5, 2010 in Vancouver.
As noted by EECS Department Head Eric Grimson in an announcement to his colleagues,
"This award is given by ACM SIGOPS to an individual who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in operating systems research. The recipient must have begun his or her career no earlier than 20 years prior to nomination.
Robert is internationally known for his many contributions to computer network architectures and computer systems research, including major innovations such as distributed hash tables and wireless mesh networks. The award is very well deserved -- congratulations Robert!"
Robert Morris' principal research interest is computer network architectures including work on distributed hash tables such as Chord and wireless mesh networks such as Roofnet. He also co-founded the online store Viaweb, one of the first web-based applications, with Paul Graham. At CSAIL, Morris is a member of the Parallel and Distributed Operating Systems PDOS group, which builds and investigates software systems for parallel and distributed environments.
The Mark Weiser Award was created in 2001 by ACM SIGOPS, to be given to an individual who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in operating systems research.
The award is named in honor of Mark Weiser, a computing visionary recognized for his research accomplishments during his career at Xerox PARC. MIT EECS professor Frans Kaashoek was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2001.
See the video clip of Morris' acceptance of the award (available on YouTube).