Juris Hartmanis, together with Richard E. Stearns, were honored for their seminal paper which established the foundations for the field of computational complexity theory. Their paper provided a precise definition of complexity defined by computation time on Turing machines, and developed a theory of complexity classes. The paper sparked the imagination of many computer scientists and led to the establishment of complexity theory as a fundamental part of the discipline.
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ACM Honors International Leaders Who Helped Advance Computer Science In The Digital Age
Gerhard Goos of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Juris Hartmanis of Cornell University, and Jan van Leeuwen of Utrecht University, recipients of the ACM Distinguished Service Award for their definitive role in establishing computer science as a vibrant subject. Their stewardship as series editors of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), published since 1973, launched this series into a highly visible platform for disseminating research results from all areas of the nascent computing field. At a time when researchers often worked in isolation, they provided a widely read forum for exploring new areas, enabling dissemination of ideas, and offering initial exposure to young researchers.
International Computing Visionary Mateo Valero Recognized for Advances in High-Performance Computing
Mateo Valero of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for steering initiatives in Europe that advanced high-performance computing research and education. Valero made a strategic case for major funding initiatives at the regional, national and European Union (EU) levels. He is a founder of HiPEAC, a European Network of Excellence that directs high-performance and embedded computing systems for its members and partners, and expands science research and academic-industry cooperation. He also created and directed the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA); was a director of C4, the Catalan Center for Computation and Communications; and led the CEPBA-IBM Research Institute, created to conduct research on parallel computers. He is a founding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering, and Correspondant Academic of the Spanish Royal Academy of Science and the Mexican Academy of Sciences. A member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Doctors and the Academia Europaea, he holds Honorary Doctor degrees from the Universities of Chalmers and Belgrade, and from the Universities Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Zaragoza, and Complutense of Madrid in Spain, and the University of Veracruz in Mexico. For his research in computer architecture, Valero received the Eckert-Mauchly Award from ACM and IEEE Computer Society, and the Harry Goode Award from IEEE CS. He is director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. A graduate of Polytechnic University of Catalonia, he is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE.