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Leading computer scientists recognised for global contributions

13 August 2019
Honouring the outstanding work of two computer scientists
Exceptional contributions to the fields of services computing and distributed computing have seen two academics from the School of Computer Science recognised by their peers with prestigious awards.
Professor Athman Bouguettaya

Professor Athman Bouguettaya, Head of the School of Computer Science, has been awarded the TSCVC Research Innovation Award for outstanding innovations in the field of services computing by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

IEEE is the world’s largest association of technical professionals dedicated to the technical and educational advancement of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer science and related disciplines.

Bouguettaya has been recognised for his innovative, pioneering and lasting contributions to services computing for over two decades, most recently in the areas of cloud services and Internet of Things (IoT).

“I’m extremely humbled to have received this honour and believe it’s the ultimate recognition of the outstanding work my research group, including those students past and present, have undertaken in this field for over 20 years,” says Professor Bouguettaya.

“From smart textile to drones and autonomous cars, we’re exploring how best to make IoT useful by using the service paradigm and leveraging the ubiquitous use of sensors in everything,

“This award has only spurred us on, it’s exciting to lead research at the intersection of these concepts.”

Professor Albert Zomaya

In a further accolade for the School of Computer Science, Professor Albert Zomaya has been accepted to join the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) for his ongoing research into parallel and distributed computing, sustainable computing data centres and also IoT.

Academia Europaea functions as a pan-European academy that promotes the advancement and propagation of excellence across all fields of scholarly enquiry, including the areas of computer science and engineering.

Zomaya is one of 128 newly elected members to the academy and the third from the Faculty of Engineering, following the election of its Dean, Professor Willy Zwaenepoel in 2008 and Professor Dacheng Tao in 2016.

“To be elected to the membership of Academia Europaea is a privilege and I am honoured to be joining the ranks of an elite group of scholars,” says Professor Zomaya, Director of the Centre for Distributed and High-Performance Computing.

“It is also a recognition of my work and contributions to the European research scene over the years, which is now exploring how best to use edge computing – the practice of processing data near the edge of a network where data is being generated –  to build distributed applications that close the gap between data, interpretation and action.”

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