Dr. Carl Gutwin named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Dr. Carl Gutwin, HCI Lab

Dr. Carl Gutwin from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist this year. 

From the hottest new features on our mobile devices, to efforts to prevent a cyber war from damaging critical infrastructure systems, and even the ways in which advances in database management improve our next visit to the doctor, achievements in computing tangibly impact our daily lives. In selecting 49 computing leaders as 2015 ACM Distinguished Members, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s leading association of computing professionals, is highlighting how the work of these innovators is changing the world. This special recognition grade from ACM honors members working in the areas of education, engineering and science (see complete list below).

"Whenever we use an app on our phone to get driving directions, securely pay bills online, or conduct an internet search, we are benefiting from the research and efforts of computing professionals," explains ACM President Alexander L. Wolf. "By honoring the 2015 ACM Distinguished Members, we hope to reinforce this idea. For each of our 100,000+ members around the world, learning about the achievements of their peers means connecting to new advances and promising research. For the general public, our recognition and awards program serves as a reminder that the technology we all take for granted springs from a dedicated community of professionals who are building on the foundations of their predecessors and shaping the future in significant new ways."

The 2015 ACM Distinguished Members are drawn from leading academic institutions, as well as corporate and national research laboratories around the world. Demonstrating the global nature of ACM, the roster of 2015 ACM Distinguished Members hail from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Portugal, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Areas of specialty of the 2015 Distinguished Members include curriculum design, systems design and architecture, critical systems security, internet structure and security, high performance computing, human-computer interaction, programming languages, mobile and wireless networks, database management, and software engineering. The criteria for selection to the Distinguished Member grade include at least 15 years of professional experience, five years of continuous ACM membership, and significant accomplishments or impact within the computing field.

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