Kai Hwang, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, received the 2011 International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) Founder's Award for his pioneering contributions to the field of parallel processing. The award, sponsored by the Elsevier Publishing Company, was presented on May 18 in Anchorage, Alaska, at the 25th year celebration of the IEEE IPDPS.
Kai earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1972. He taught at Purdue University over 12 years prior to joining USC in 1985. At present, he also serves as an endowed visiting Chair Professor at Tsinghua University, China.
Kai has engaged in an academic work, creative research and higher education for 40 years in computer science, digital systems, and information technology. He specializes in computer architecture, parallel processing, distributed systems, high-performance computing, cloud computing, networking and communications, wireless Internet, pervasive computing, and network security. He has published 8 books and over 220 scientific papers in these fields. He has also recently written a new book, Distributed and Cloud Computing, to be published Summer 2011.
Kai has received the Outstanding Achievement Awards from the PDPTA 1996 and PDCAT 2002 for his leadership roles in advanced research and higher education in computer engineering and information technology. He has lectured worldwide and performed advisory work for IBM Fishkill, Intel SSD, MIT Lincoln Lab, ETL in Japan, and GMD in Germany. He has chaired the HPCA 1997, IPPS 1996, ICAPP-96, ICPP-86, and ARITH-7 conferences. He has given keynote addresses in a dozen of international computer conferences, and is an IEEE Fellow.
"Our department joins me in congratulating Kai for the IPDPS Founder's Award that recognizes his many research contribution in the fields of parallel and distributed computing," said Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department.