Two ICS professors named 2015 ACM Fellows

December 9, 2015

Informatics Professor Paul Dourish and Computer Science Professor Michael Franz honored for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and IT

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, has announced that two professors at UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences — Paul Dourish from the Department of Informatics and Michael Franz from the Department of Computer Science — have been named 2015 ACM Fellows.

Established in 1993, the ACM Fellows Program recognizes its top members for outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology. Of the 42 ACM Fellows who were named this year from the association’s more than 100,000 member, UCI was one of the few universities with two Fellows recognized for 2015. ACM President Alexander L. Wolf acknowledged the advances made by this year’s ACM Fellows: “These newly minted ACM Fellows are responsible for the breakthroughs and industrial innovations that are transforming society at every level. At times, the contributions of a Fellow may include enhancements to a device that immediately impacts our daily lives. At other times, new research discoveries lead to theoretical advances that, while perhaps not immediately perceptible, have substantial long-term impacts.”

Informatics Professor Paul Dourish was honored as an ACM Fellow for his contributions in social computing and human-computer interaction. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer science and social science, with a particular interest in ubiquitous and mobile computing and the cultural practices surrounding new media. He has published two books and more than 100 scientific articles, and holds 19 U.S. patents.

“I’m delighted to be named an ACM Fellow, not least for the honor itself, but also for the recognition it brings to the work that we’ve been doing at UCI for many years now, bridging between technical and sociocultural traditions in informatics,” says Dourish. “Three of this year’s class of fellows are working in HCI, and along with the other Fellows here at ICS, this really underscores the significance and impact of the UCI flavor of informatics research that we have been developing.”

Computer Science Professor Michael Franz, who also serves as director of UCI’s Secure Systems and Languages Laboratory, earned the ACM Fellow rank for his contributions to just-in-time compilation and optimization to compiler techniques for computer security. He has graduated 25 Ph.D. students as primary advisor, and published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He holds four U.S. Patents, including a patent on the trace-based technology that forms the basis of the original JavaScript just-in-time compiler in the Firefox web browser that was developed in collaboration between Mozilla and Dr. Franz’s lab at UCI.

"Our contributions to open-source software have been used by literally hundreds of millions of people on a daily basis," says Franz. "And our underlying research has been appearing in some of the most prestigious publication venues across all of computer science. Being recognized as an ACM Fellow is truly the icing on the cake."

ACM will formerly recognize the 2015 Fellows at its annual awards banquet this June in San Francisco.
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