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Two Computer Scientists Win High ACM Honors

Both of the honorees hold USC degrees

December 14, 2009 —

Viterbi School Computer Science Department Chair Shang-Hua Teng is now a Fellow and Professor Cyrus Shahabi a Distinguished Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Shang-Hua Teng
"ACM Fellow is yet another one in Shang-Hua's impressive array of recent awards. Like the others, it is a thoroughly justified recognition of his remarkable talent and his deep and sharp intellect," said Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School. "On behalf of the school I express my warmest congratulations."

According to ACM President Dame Wendy Hall: "Fellow is ACM's most prestigious member grade, recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves."

Teng, Seeley G. Mudd Professor of Computer Science, joined the USC faculty in fall 2009 from Boston University, but was also a research affiliate professor of mathematics at MIT and held visiting appointments at Tsinghua University and Microsoft Research Asia. Previously, he was a research scientist at the IBM Almaden Research and a professor at the University of Illinois.

Recently, Teng won the 2009 Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize and the the 2008 Gödel Prize. Other honors include an NSF Career Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.

Shahabi was one of 84 computer scientists named a Distinguished Member this year. This award recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and five years of continuous professional membership who have achieved signific ant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

                          Cyrus Shahabi

"As one of the leading scholars of geospatial and multidimensional data management, Cyrus's work is highly influential," said Teng, 

Shahabi received his B.S. in computer engineering from Sharif University of Technology and then his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in computer science at USC. He has authored two books and more than a hundred articles, book chapters, and conference papers in the areas of databases, geographic information systems and multimedia.

He received a National Science Foundation Early Career Award as well as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He is a senior member of IEEE.