Faculty/staff honors: Allen School’s Shyam Gollakota, Anna Karlin honored by Association for Computing Machinery

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Two professors in the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering have received 2020 honors from the Association for Computing Machinery.

Faculty/staff honors: Allen School’s Shyam Gollakota, Anna Karlin honored by Association for Computing Machinery

Shyam Gollakota

Associate professor Shyam Gollakota has received the association’s 2020 Grace Murray Hopper Award, given annually to the most outstanding young computer professional of the year. More specifically, Gollakota was honored for “contributions to the use of wireless signals in creating novel applications, including battery-free communications, health monitoring, gesture recognition and bio-based wireless sensing.”

Gollakota directs the Allen School’s Networks & Mobile Systems Lab. Hopper (1906-1992) was a pioneer of computer programming as well as a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. Read more on the Allen School blog.

Faculty/staff honors: Allen School’s Shyam Gollakota, Anna Karlin honored by Association for Computing Machinery

Anna Karlin

Professor Anna Karlin was one of five to receive the association’s 2020 Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, which recognizes theoretical accomplishments that have a significant, demonstrable effect on computing. Karlin and four research colleagues were honored for “the discovery and analysis of balanced allocations, known as the power of two choices, and their extensive applications to practice.”

The other recipients were Yossi Azar of Tel Aviv University, Andrei Broder of Google Research, Michael Mitzenmacher of Harvard University and Eli Upfal of  Brown University.

Kanellakis (1953-1995) was a Greek American computer scientist. The world’s largest computing society, the Association for Computing Machinery has about 100,000 members.

Read more about the team’s research on the Allen School blog.


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