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A Brief Biography



Albert Y. Zomaya is currently the Chair Professor of High Performance Computing & Networking and Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow in the School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney. He is also the Director of the Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing which was established in late 2009.

Professor Zomaya held the CISCO Systems Chair Professor of Internetworking during the period 2002–2007 and also was Head of school for 2006–2007 in the same school. Prior to his current appointment he was a Full Professor in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Australia, where he also led the Parallel Computing Research Laboratory during the period 1990–2002. He served as Associate–, Deputy–, and Acting–Head in the same department, and held numerous visiting positions and has extensive industry involvement. Professor Zomaya received his PhD from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Sheffield University in the United Kingdom.

Professor Zomaya is the author/co–author of seven books, more than 450 publications in technical journals and conferences, and the editor of 14 books and 19 conference volumes. He is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and Springer’s Scalable Computing Journal serves as an associate editor for another 19 journals including some of the leading journals in the field. He is the Founding Editor of the Wiley Book Series on Parallel and Distributed Computing and the CoEditor (with Professor Yi Pan) of the Wiley Book Series on Bioinformatics and (with Professor Mary Eshaghian-Wilner) the Wiley Book Series on Nature Inspired Computing. He is the Editor–in–Chief of the Parallel and Distributed Computing Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 1996).

Professor Zomaya was the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (1999–2003) and currently serves on its executive committee. He also serves on the advisory board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing, the advisory board of the Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs), is a scientific council member of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social–Informatics, and Telecommunications Engineering (Brussels) and member of the board of the Professor Zomaya has delivered more than 130 keynote addresses, invited seminars, and media briefings and has been actively involved, in a variety of capacities, in the organization of more than 600 national and international conferences.

Professor Zomaya is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Distinguished Engineer of the ACM and a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He received the 1997 Edgeworth David Medal by the Royal Society of New South Wales for outstanding contributions to Australian Science. In September 2000 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award and in 2006 was made a member of the Golden Core (both from the IEEE Computer Society). Also, he received the IEEE TCPP Outstanding Service Award and the IEEE TCSC Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing, both in 2011. His research interests are in the areas of algorithms, complex systems, parallel and distributed systems.


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