Lieven Eeckhout elected Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery

(21-01-2022) Professor Lieven Eeckhout has been awarded an official Fellowship by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is the first Ghent University researcher, and also the first in Flanders, to receive this honour.

On January 19, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced its laurels with an official Fellowship. The 71 new Fellows also include for the first time a Ghent University researcher, Professor Lieven Eeckhout. Not only does he become the first at Ghent University, he is also the first from Flanders, and only the second Belgian ever to call himself a Fellow of the ACM.

Lieven Eeckhout

Lieven Eeckhout is a professor at the Department of Electronics and Information Systems at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University. He has been teaching various subjects in computer science since 2007, specializing in the field of computer architecture, and more specifically performance analysis and modelling. It is also for his research in this field that the ACM has now awarded him the Fellowship.

Professor Eeckhout has previously been recognized with an IEEE Fellowship and has been awarded various ERC projects, in particular an ERC Starting Grant, an ERC Advanced Grant, and three Proof-of-Concept Grants. His research results also form the basis for collaborations with several companies.

Association for Computing Machinery

The ACM is the largest worldwide professional association of computer scientists. It has more than 100,000 members. This organization annually selects several dozen members for a Fellowship, because of their broad and fundamental contributions in research areas such as algorithms, computer science, cryptography, data security and privacy, medical informatics, and mobile and network systems. The organization states in its press release that the achievements of the ACM Fellows 2021 underpin important innovations that shape the technologies we use every day.

“Computing professionals have brought about leapfrog advances in how we live, work, and play. New technologies are the result of skillfully combining the individual contributions of numerous men and women, often building upon diverse contributions that have emerged over decades. But technological progress would not be possible without the essential building blocks of individual contributors. The ACM Fellows program honors the creativity and hard work of ACM members whose specific accomplishments make broader advances possible. In announcing a new class of Fellows each year, we celebrate the impact ACM Fellows make, as well as the many technical areas of computing in which they work.” (ACM President Gabriele Kotsis)

Only 1,387 Fellowships have been awarded worldwide since 1994, and only 181 of these have been awarded to a European. And now for the first time a Ghent University researcher.