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Roberto Tamassia Named AAAS Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS) , an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association, recently elected Roberto Tamassia to Fellow for “distinguished contributions to algorithms and data structures, particularly for pioneering work on graph drawing, and to computer science education as the author of influential textbooks.”

Roberto, who joined the department in 1988, works on information security, design and analysis of algorithms, graph drawing, geometric computing, data management, and information visualization. He is the Plastech Professor of Computer Science and the Chair of the Department. He is also the Director of Brown’s Center for Geometric Computing. He has published textbooks on the subjects of algorithms, data structures, graph drawing, and computer security and more than 230 research articles in the above areas. He has given more than 70 invited lectures worldwide.

Roberto is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of a Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Computer Society for pioneering the field of graph drawing. He is listed among the 360 most cited computer science authors by Thomson Scientific, Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). His research has been funded by ARO, DARPA, NATO, NSF, and several industrial sponsors. He co-founded the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications and the Symposium on Graph Drawing. He serves regularly on program committees of international conferences. Roberto received the PhD. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Each year the Council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” The honor of being elected a Fellow of AAAS began in 1874 and is acknowledged with a certificate and rosette. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

Roberto joins the Department’s two other AAAS fellows, John Savage and Andy van Dam .

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