ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Presented to Innovator Who Transformed Web Applications
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today announced that Michael Franz of the University of California, Irvine is the recipient of the ACM Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. Franz is recognized for the development of just-in-time compilation techniques that enable fast and feature-rich web services on the Internet. Every day, millions of people around the world use online applications such as Gmail and Facebook. These web applications would not have been possible without the revolutionary compilation technique developed by Franz in the mid-1990s.
“We all use web applications every day and they are now so prevalent that we often forget how revolutionary they were when they were first introduced,” said ACM President Gabriele Kotsis. “Whether we connect with friends or colleagues on a social media platform, prepare our taxes using software online, or book hotel accommodation, we use a web application. . Michael Franz’s work certainly fits the criteria for the Thacker Award for “Skipped Contributions to Ideas and Computer Technologies”. Franz has shown foresight by working with Mozilla to implement his ideas on their browser and making its technology open source so that it can be continually refined and adapted by developers around the world. ”
“Microsoft is proud to fund the Breakthrough in Computing Award, named after Chuck Thacker, one of the true visionaries of the computing industry,” said Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer of Microsoft. “Chuck had the magical ability to turn longer-term computer dreams into world-changing realities. Michael Franz’s work on just-in-time compilation is an excellent choice for the honor of computer science breakthrough. transformative, enabling rich web experiences today by allowing websites to run sophisticated and interactive programs almost instantly. Michael Franz’s ideas, and his successful application of this information, have had a huge impact in the real world . “
Michael Franz is Chancellor Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California (UC), Irvine, where he also heads the Secure Systems and Software Laboratory. His current research focuses on software systems, particularly the compiler, virtual machine, and associated system-level techniques for making software more secure, or faster, or both.
Franz received a doctorate in technical sciences in computer science and an engineering degree, Informatik-Ing. ETH diploma, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). He has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, an Award for Technical Excellence from the IEEE Computer Society, and a Distinguished Award for Mid-Career Research from the University of California at Irvine. Franz is a member of ACM, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) ).
About the ACM Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award
The ACM Breakthrough Award recognizes Thacker’s pioneering contributions to the field of computing and his inspiring long-term mentorship of generations of computer scientists. The award recognizes individuals or groups with the same original thinking and the same “can-do” approach to solving unresolved issues Thacker has exposed. The award is accompanied by a prize of $ 100,000, with financial support from Microsoft, and is presented at the annual ACM Awards Banquet. Recipients are expected to deliver the ACM Breakthrough talk at a major ACM conference of their choice within one year of the announcement. Financial support for the ACM Breakthrough Award is provided by Microsoft.
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing company, bringing together educators, researchers and computing professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address challenges in the field. ACM strengthens the collective voice of the IT profession through strong leadership, promoting the highest standards and recognizing technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, career development and professional networking.
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