Two EECS faculty members, Ronald L. Rivest, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and John (Ioannis) N. Tsitsiklis, the Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering, were recipients on October 8, 2008, of the Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universit Catholique de Louvain, Belgium's largest French-speaking university, located in Louvain-la-Neuve and in Brussels.
Prof. Rivest, member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, at MIT was recognized by the Universit Catholique de Louvain for his fundamental contributions to the theory and application of cryptography (RSA), computer and network security, electronic voting, and algorithms. The occasion of the honorary doctorates at UCL was highlighted with a number of lectures including three given by Prof. Rivest: Security of Voting Systems; On the mathematics of post-election auditing; and the MD6 Hash Function.
Prof. Tsitsiklis, member of the Information and Decision Systems Laboratory, LIDS, at MIT was recognized by the Universit Catholique de Louvain for his fundamental contributions to the theory and application of optimization in distributed and stochastic systems. Prof. Tsitsiklis gave lectures entitled: The Challenges of Decision Making in Complex, Stochastic, or Distributed Systems; and Decentralized Detection.
Congratulations to both Ron Rivest and John Tsitsiklis!