2011 IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award
The IEEE Emanual R. Piore Award is presented annually to an individual, or team
of two individuals for outstanding contributions in the field of information
processing, in relation to computer science.
The Emanual R. Priore Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors
in 1976 and is sponsored by the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award Fund.
Recipient selection is administered by the Technical Field Awards Council of
the IEEE Awards Board. In the evaluation process, the following criteria are
considered: contribution, significance, advancement, fundamental innovation,
societal value, and the quality of the nomination.
The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate and honorarium.
The 2011 Emmanual R. Piore Award winner is SHAFI GOLDWASSER
for pioneering work in laying the foundations of modern cryptography and its
relation to complexity theory.
Shafi Goldwasser is one of the key figures responsible for the success of
modern cryptography in providing secure electronic data transmission and
exchange. In 1983, her work on probabilistic encryption with Silvio Micali
demonstrated how to use randomness to define and achieve semantic security.
She produced one of the most celebrated results in modern cryptography in 1985
with her work on zero-knowledge proofs with Silvio Micali and Charles Rackoff.
This special type of interactive proof allows one to prove possession of
information or property without revealing the information itself. In the
area of complexity theory, Dr. Goldwasser and co-authors showed a new method
to classify the complexity of even approximating the solution of NP-complete
problems. Dr. Goldwasser with Oded Goldreich and Dana Ron initiated the field
of property testing of combinatorial objects such as graphs.
An IEEE Member, Dr. Goldwasser is the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
and Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
The award presentation will take place on October 23, 2011 at the 2011 IEEE
Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2011) in Palm Springs, CA,
followed by an award lecture by Dr. Goldwasser.
Past Piore Award Recipients
- 1977: George Stibitz
- 1978: J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly
- 1979: Richard Hamming
- 1980: Lawrence Rabiner and Ronald W. Schafer
- 1981: No Award
- 1982: Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie
- 1983: Niklaus Wirth
- 1984: Harvey G. Cragon
- 1985: Azriel Rosenfeld
- 1986: David C. Evans and Ivan Sutherland
- 1987: David Kuck
- 1988: Grace Hopper
- 1989: Peter A. Franaszek
- 1990: Allen Newell
- 1991: Joseph F. Traub
- 1992: Harold S. Stone
- 1993: Makoto Nagao
1994: John L. Hennessy
1995: Yale N. Patt
1996: Edward J. McCluskey
1997: Shun'ichi Amari
1998: Janak H. Patel
1999: Narendra Ahuja
2000: William Kahan
2001: Ravishanker K. Iyer
2002: Brian Randell
2003: Giovanni De Micheli
2004: Leslie Lamport
2005: Jacob A. Abraham
2006: Robert K. Brayton
2007: Randal Bryant
2008: Richard Rashid
2009: David J. DeWitt
2010: Nancy A. Lynch
2011 Emmanuel R. Piore Award Committee
- Randal E. Bryant, Chair
- Randy Katz, Past Chair
- Jacob Abraham
- David J. DeWitt
- Leslie Lamport
- Nancy A. Lynch
- Joseph Sifakis
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