Arvind, Kaashoek elected to American Academy for Arts and Sciences

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 2:45pm
Arvind, the Charles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Professor of Computer Science and M. Frans Kaashoek, the Charles Piper Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering are two of the thirteen MIT faculty members elected as new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, announced on April 17, 2012 by the Academy. Noted by the MIT News Office April 17 announcement, the selected MIT faculty are among 220 leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts selected for Academy membership this year.
 
Arvind is selected for membership in the American Academy for the Arts and Sciences
 
The MIT News Office further notes: As one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education.
 
Arvind is a member of CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) and faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT since 1978. From 1974 to 1978 prior to coming to MIT, he taught at the University of California, Irvine. Arvind received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1969, and also taught there from 1977-78.
 
Arvind's current research interests are synthesis and verification of large digital systems described using Guarded Atomic Actions; and Memory Models and Cache Coherence Protocols for parallel architectures and languages. In the past, Arvind's previous research interests have included all aspects of parallel computing an
 
d declarative programming languages. He has contributed to the development of dynamic dataflow architectures, the implicitly parallel programming languages Id and pH, and the compilation of these types of languages on parallel machines. Dr. R. S. Nikhil and Arvind published the book "Implicit parallel programming in pH" in 2001.
 
In 1992, Arvind's group, in collaboration with Motorola, completed the Monsoon dataflow machine and its associated software. A dozen of these machines were built and installed at Los Alamos National Labs and other universities, before Monsoon was retired to the Computer Museum in California. In 2000, Arvind took a two-year leave of absence to start Sandburst, a fabless semiconductor company to produce a chip set for 10G-bit Ethernet routers. He served as its President until his return to MIT in September 2002. In 2003, Arvind co-founded Bluespec Inc, an EDA company to produce a set of tools for high-level synthesis and serves on its board.
 
Arvind has served on the editorial board of many journals including the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and the Journal of Functional Programming. He has chaired and served on the program committee of many meetings sponsored by ACM and IEEE. From 1986-92, he was the Chief Technical Advisor for the UN sponsored Knowledge Based Computer Systems project in India. During 1992-93 Arvind was Fujitsu Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. Arvind managed the Nokia-CSAIL research collaboration from 2006 to 2010. Since 2009, Arvind is also WCU (World Class University) Distinguished Professor at the Seoul National University.
 
Arvind is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE, a member of NAE and has received Distinguished Alumnus Awards from IIT Kanpur and Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota.
 
Frans Kaashoek is selected for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Frans Kaashoek is the Charles Piper Professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory since January 1993. Before joining MIT, he was a student at the department of Computer Science (afdeling Informatica) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He received a Ph.D degree ('92) from the Vrije Universiteit for his thesis Group communication in distributed computer systems, under the guidance of Andy Tanenbaum.
 
Frans's research interest is computer systems: operating systems, networking, programming languages, compilers, and computer architecture for distributed, mobile, and parallel systems. The home page for the Parallel and Distributed Operating Systems group describes current projects.
 
In 1998 Frans cofounded Sightpath Inc, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2000. He also helped found Mazu Networks Inc and served on its board until Riverbed Technology Inc acquired Mazu in 2009.
 
Frans has been selected for a number of awards for his work including the NSF national young investigator award (1994), the MIT EECS Spira teaching award (1997), the MIT IEEE best undergraduate advisor award (2000), the inaugural ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award (2001), the ACM fellow (2004), and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award (2010). He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2006.
 
“Election to the Academy is both an honor for extraordinary accomplishment and a call to serve,” Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz said in a statement. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day.”
 
Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th century, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th century. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
 
The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 6 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.