Balakrishnan, Moses and Sudan named 2008 ACM Fellows

January 16, 2009

The Association for Computing Machinery, ACM, has cited 44 of its members as Fellows for their contributions to computing theory and technology that impacts the way people live and work worldwide and for their potential to serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department faculty members, Hari Balakrishnan, Joel Moses and Madhu Sudan are among the ACM academic appointees to Fellow level by the ACM.

The ACM announcement for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellows collectively honors the selected EECS faculty members for achievements in computer networking and distrubuted systems, theory of mathematical programming, development of the Macsyma system for symbolic mathematics and algorithms and complexity theory. MIT was among numerous North American universities and institutes worldwide to receive ACM recognition in honor of its multiple ACM Fellows appointments.

Hari Balakrishnan, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, where he leads the Networks and Mobile Systems group, is cited by the ACM "for contributions to computer networking and distributed systems."

Balakrishnan's research interests include the areas of networked computer systems, spanning overlay and peer-to-peer networks; Internet architecture; wireless and sensor networks; network security; and distributed data management. In addition to many widely cited papers, several systems developed as part of his research are available in the public domain, including the Cricket location system, the RON and MONET overlay networks, the Chord distributed hash table, the rcc network checker, and the Aurora/Medusa stream processing engine.

Joel Moses, Joel Moses, Institute Professor at MIT as well as Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Professor of Engineering Systems, is cited by the ACM "for developing the Macsyma computer system for formula manipulation."

From 1968 through the 1970's, Moses and his associates developed the MACSYMA system for formula manipulation, the model for the systems in existence today. In his doctoral dissertation he developed the concept of Knowledge Based Systems. His recent interests are in the relationship of complexity and flexibility in large scale systems, as well as the modelling of intelligent behavior in the mind.

Madhu Sudan, an Associate Director of CSAIL and the Fujitsu Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, is cited by the ACM "for contributions to algorithms and complexity theory."

Madhu Sudan's research interests lie in Algorithms, Complexity, Probabilistic Proof Verification, Combinatorial Optimization, Coding Theory and Algebraic Computation. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the Nevanlinna Prize (2002) awarded by the International Mathematical Union for outstanding contributions to mathematical aspects of information science. Madhu Sudan was named a Distinguished Alum by the CS Division of the University of California at Berkeley in 2003 and by the Indian Institute of Technology at Delhi in 2004.

ACM will formally recognize the 2008 Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet on June 27, 2009, in San Diego, CA. Additional information about the ACM 2008 Fellows, the awards event, as well as previous ACM Fellows and award winners is available at

Congratulations Hari, Joel and Madhu!