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Girgensohn Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

 

February 2009

The Association for Computing Machinery has named Andreas Girgensohn (PhD 1992) one of 37 new Distinguished Members recognized for individual contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology. The new ACM Distinguished Members include computer scientists and engineers from some of the world's leading corporations, research labs, and universities. They are being honored for significant advances in computing technology that have dramatically influenced progress in science, engineering, business, and many other areas of human endeavor.

Andreas Girgensohn photo

"These prominent men and women originate from many parts of the computing field, but they have in common a commitment to technology and a passion for progress," said Dame Wendy Hall, president of ACM. "Their respective contributions to computing drive innovations that determine the economic and social developments that, in turn, sustain competitiveness in the global arena. Their achievements touch virtually every industry in the world, and we celebrate their entrepreneurial and creative spirit for the way it has changed our lives."

Nineteen of the 2008 recipients represent renowned corporations in the high technology sector. Their multi-faceted achievements have resulted in a variety of innovations, including data mining, requirements analysis in systems engineering, memory and storage systems and processor designs, artificial intelligence, mobile services platforms, electronic commerce, usability research, process management technology, Web searching, and optical networking protocols.

Within the academic universe, 18 recipients from prominent universities were recognized for achievements in a wide range of areas including optimization techniques, programming languages, software engineering, artificial intelligence, information retrieval modeling, computational complexity theory, design automation, behavioral authentication data, neural network techniques, natural language programming, grid computing, fault tolerance, and computational electromagnetics.

Girgensohn, a Principal Scientist at the FX Palo Alto Laboratory (FXPAL), was named a Distinguished Scientist. He is currently involved in several projects pertaining to the design, development, deployment, and evaluation of applications for video editing and indexing and for organizing digital photos. He is the Project Leader of the Video Surveillance team at FXPAL. Andreas' research combines his interests in creating tools to support developers and end users, designing user interfaces, and improving communication and collaboration among people using multiple media and the Web. Previously, Andreas worked at NYNEX on task-oriented user interface design and development, on support for software developers, and on tools for improving communication and collaboration. Andreas has published extensively at HCI, CSCW, and Multimedia conferences.

 
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